Very like the Latin & South American qualifier, which noticed a compressed schedule resulting from COVID issues in Rio, the European Olympic Qualifier held in Varese on April 5-8 was briefly blown off track by excessive winds earlier than finishing racing for the coveted Olympic spots at stake within the Males’s & Girls’s Singles, Males’s & Girls’s Light-weight Doubles, and Males’s and Girls’s PR1 Adaptive Singles. Even throughout a pandemic, rowing remains to be an out of doors sport.
Russia’s Hanna Prakhatsen took this one fairly handily, constructing a robust early lead and taking the highest spot by practically 11 seconds forward of Ukraine’s Diana Dymchenko, Serbia’s Jovana Arsic and Sweden’s Lovisa Claesson.
The largest shock on this occasion was Greek sculler Anneta Kyridou ending off the tempo in sixth. Kyridou (a former US collegiate rower at Tennessee) completed in a robust bronze medal place on the 2020 European Rowing Championships final October, and received her opening warmth on the qualifier, so regarded like a certain menace to qualify. Sadly, Kyridou flipped doing a apply begin proper earlier than the ultimate on the qualifier, and this mishap appeared to have knocked her off her recreation, as she was unable to regain her earlier type.
Russia’s W1x Hanna Prakhatsen
Observers had additionally been wanting on the match-up of some pretty heavy responsibility Olympic medalist progeny, with Finland’s Eeva Karppinen and Estonia’s Greta Jaanson going face to face right here; Karppinen in fact is the daughter of the good Pertti Karppinen, one among solely two males to win Olympic gold within the males’s single at three Olympic Video games (’76, ’80 and ’84), whereas Jaanson is the daughter of Estonian nice Jueri Jaanson, 1990 world champ within the single, and 2004 Olympic silver medalist.
Neither Jaanson nor Karppinen figured within the ultimate tally, with Karppinen ending fifth and out of qualifying, whereas Jaanson ended her regatta within the B-Last.
Russia’s Hanna Prakhatsen, Serbia’s Jovana Arsic and Sweden’s Lovisa Claesson claimed the Olympic qualification spots, with Dymchenko lacking out because of the qualification guidelines.
Greece’s Stefanos Ntouskos didn’t flip earlier than the ultimate, however he, together with the remainder of the Males’s Single subject, did race his semifinal mere hours earlier than the ultimate, courtesty of the climate delay. Ntouskos was inititally led by Russia’s Alexander Vyazovkin, however caught him on the 1000m mark, muscled previous him, and held on for the win.
Hungary’s Bendeguz Petervari-Molnar was third, with Serbia’s Aleksandar Filipovic, Austria’s Lukas Reim and Turkey’s Onat Kazakli rounding out the sphere.
This occasion noticed the hardest utility of the WorldRowing qualification guidelines utilized, with the three qualification spots going to Greece, third place Hungary and sixth place Turkey.
The WorldRowing Olympic qualification guidelines for Tokyo stipulate that no nation can qualify multiple crew on the Qualifying regattas, and within the case of two crews being eligible, the best rating crew takes the slot; the powerful outcome for the Russian, Serbian and Austrian singles was that every one had a crew from their nation end greater than they did.
The one exception can be if a rustic didn’t qualify any crews on the 2019 World Champs in Linz, and received a number of occasions. With Russia profitable the Girls’s Single and the Gentle Girls’s Double, that case performed out right here.
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Light-weight Girls’s Double
A ultimate solely, the Light-weight ladies’s double was a straight shot for all the marbles. Russia’s Anastasia Lebedeva and Maria Botalova took this one going away, very like the Russian Girls’s Single had completed. Greece’s Zoi Fitsiou and Evangelia Anastasiadou gave courageous chase, nevertheless it was not fairly sufficient. Austria’s Valentina Cavallar and Louisa Altenhuber took third, and by advantage of the Greek Males’s Single profitable his occasion, took the 2nd qualification spot within the occasion.
Russia’s LW2x Anastasia Lebedeva and Maria Botalova
Light-weight Males’s Double
As light-weight racing tends to be, this was the tightest results of the day, with Ukraine’s Igor Khmara and Stanislav Kovalov prevailing over Portugal’s Pedro Fraga and Afonso Costa by simply over a second on the line. The outcome on this occasion was additionally essentially the most easy, with each the Ukrainian and Portugese crews qualifying instantly for the Tokyo Olympics.
Portugal’s Pedro Fraga and Afonso Costa within the LM2x
Belarus’ Liudmila Vauchok took the one Paralympic qualification spot forward of Sweden’s Ebba Einarsson, whereas Spain’s Javier Reja Munoz took the Males’s high place.
Belarus’ Girls’s PR1x Liudmila Vauchok