Canada heads to repechage
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.