Thornycroft slides to B final

HARARE - Zimbabwe rowing sensation Micheen Thornycroft could not stand the heat after she finished last in the women’s single sculls semi-final A at the on-going World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France yesterday.

Thornycroft has now been relegated to the B final as she gets yet another opportunity to negotiate her way into next year’s Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

The Zimbabwean opened her first semi-final campaign at a World Rowing championships meet(ing) in fifth position after the first 500m just, 13 mini-seconds ahead of Ireland’s Sanita Puspure who anchored the race at the initial phase.

The Irish overtook the Zimbabwean at the 1 000m and it was the same story after 1 500m leading to their respective fifth and sixth place overall positions at the end of the 2 000m.

China’s Jinglin Duan won the semi-final race in 07:24:410 two seconds ahead of Mirka Knapkova  (07:26:480) of the Czech Republic who finished in second place while America’s Genvra Stone (07:27:390) settled for third position.

The women’s single sculls have been the biggest field among the boat classes recording a total of 33 countries.

The goal in this category was to be in the top three to book an automatic qualification into the quarterfinals.

Thornycroft led the way in Heat Two at the start of the competition, setting herself on course for a second successive Olympic qualification having featured also in the 2012 London Olympics.

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