Canada heads to repechage

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - SPORTS -

Lo­cal Con­lin McCabe and his Cana­dian men’s eight team have some ground to make up at the 2018 World Row­ing Cham­pi­onships in Plov­div, Bul­garia. The Cana­dian crew fin­ished fifth in their heat Wed­nes­day and picked up the worst time of the nine boats en­tered in the event with a time of 5:34.240. Canada was in the back of the pack at each of the 500-me­tre check­points. The U.S., with a time of 5:19.200, and the Aus­tralia, with a time of 5:19.250, ad­vanced di­rectly to the A Fi­nal Sun­day from the first heat that in­cluded Canada. Ger­many, with a time of 5:22.880, and Italy, with a time of 5:24.300, ad­vanced to the A Fi­nal through the sec­ond open­ing heat. Now the Cana­di­ans get ready to race in the repechage Fri­day where they’ll take on Ro­ma­nia, Great Bri­tain, Nether­lands and New Zealand. The top-two win­ners in the repechage will ad­vance to the A Fi­nal. The bot­tom three get rel­e­gated to the B Fi­nal. The Cana­dian men’s eight fin­ished sixth at the World Row­ing Cup in June and it was the first time Canada en­tered an an eight into an in­ter­na­tional event since win­ning a sil­ver medal at the 2012 Olympics. McCabe didn’t make it into the boat for the June re­gatta be­cause he was deal­ing with an in­jury, but he is the only Cana­dian cur­rently in the men’s eight that was part of that Olympic team.

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