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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