China Daily

Nation’s rowing team going with the flow


China’s rowing team is fine-tuning its final preparatio­ns for the Tokyo Games after arriving in Tokyo last Saturday.

The 45-strong team, including 30 rowers, will compete in eight events in the Olympic Rowing Regatta, which takes place from July 23-30 at Sea Forest Waterway, Tokyo Bay.

China won its first Olympic rowing gold at the 2008 Beijing Games, and collected one silver at London 2012 and two bronzes four years later in Rio. The team has set a target of one gold in Tokyo.

Zhang Zhiyuan, Chen Sensen, Lyu Fanpu and Zeng Tao won gold in the men’s lightweigh­t quadruple sculls at the 2019 world championsh­ips, and have remained unbeaten since then.

Zhang Liang and Liu Zhiyu, who won the men’s double sculls title at the 2019 worlds, are also rated strong contenders in Tokyo.

“We are fine-tuning for the Games, taking into considerat­ion temperatur­e, water current, and wind direction at the venue, Sea Forest Waterway,” said Xu Quan, coach of the Chinese rowing team.

“Our athletes are in good form, and we are full of confidence.”

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