The Courier-Mail

RIO BECK­ONS FROM FI­NALS BERTHS

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WHILE the eights fiz­zled, the Aus­tralian row­ing team has al­ready qual­i­fied three boats for the Rio Olympics and is in the hunt for medals at the world cham­pi­onships in France this week­end.

The men’s pair, men’s four and men’s quad scull all fin­ished sec­ond in their semi-fi­nals yesterday, ad­vanc­ing to the fi­nals and also se­cur­ing Rio berths.

Two of the para-row­ing en­tries are cel­e­brat­ing with arms and shoul­ders sin­gle sculler Erik Hor­rie as well as Kathryn Ross and Gavin Bel­lis, in the trunk and arms mixed dou­ble scull, crowned world cham­pi­ons.

The men’s and women’s eight failed to make the A fi­nal and missed Rio qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Dual Olympic medal­list Kim Crow re­mains Aus­tralia’s best world ti­tle hope af­ter smash­ing her ri­vals in her two sin­gle scull races to date.

The women’s quad scull crew heads into their fi­nal only need­ing to make top five for Rio.

The women’s dou­ble scull duo of Sally Ke­hoe and Olympia Alder­sey would also chal­lenge for a world ti­tle.

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