Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - A second busy day deciding which of the final provinces will race for a medal came to a close with Mother Nature whipping up wind and rain as the final boats came off the race course.
In the closest racing of the day, the men’s double sculls saw less than three second difference between the top three boats in heat one – Quebec, Alberta and Saskatchewan. With only first and second going directly to the A Final, Saskatchewan won the repechage later in the afternoon and along with Nova Scotia will now face Quebec, Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia for a medal on Thursday.
In the lightweight women’s double sculls, British Columbia and Saskatchewan finished first in their heats, proceeding directly to the A Final. In the competitive repechage, Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Quebec placed top four and will race for a medal on Friday.
The men’s four also saw a battle between British Columbia and Ontario in heat one down the line with B.C. narrowly edging Ontario by 1.14 seconds to head straight to the A Final. The two provinces are joined by Quebec, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
With Manitoba and B.C. winning their women’s single sculls heats, Ontario and Quebec came in second to progress to the A Final. Through the repechage, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia rounds out the medal race, placing top two.
In the women’s four, B.C. and Ontario finished first to progress on to the A Final. Following the repechage, the medal round includes Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec and New Brunswick.
The women’s double sculls previewed what will be a tight A Final with Manitoba, B.C. and Quebec all finishing within five seconds of each other. With the top two boats directly progressing from the heats, Nova Scotia will race for a medal alongside Saskatchewan and Ontario, who placed one-and-two in the repechage.
Another preview for Friday’s A Finals was the men’s eight preliminary event where Ontario bested B.C. as the crews raced for lanes by just under six seconds. Friday’s medal race will feature Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Racing will continue Thursday morning at 9:10 a.m. with A/B Finals for the lightweight men’s four, men’s single sculls, women’s and men’s pairs, women’s and men’s quadruple sculls and women’s eight.
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