Day 4 evening | Rowing highlights | Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
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Day 4 evening | Rowing highlights | Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

November 18, 2019

Day 4 at Lagoa Stadium for the rowing and
the conditions were calm and warm for the athletes. First up was the AS Women’s Single Sculls
Finals. One athlete hungry for a medal was Moran Samuel
from Israel, she missed out on a bronze medal in the London 2012 Paralympics
by only slightly more than a second. And that hunger was evident for all to see
as she established a clear lead early in the race. It didn’t take long though for China’s Wang
LiLi to take notice and responded by minimizing the gap. There was also another athlete in the frame,
Rachel Morris of Great Britain, who won gold in the 2008 Bejing
Paralympics at hand-cycling, managed to find a way up and past the other competitors. When it came to the finishing line Morris
had established a three second gap to China’s Wang LiLi with Samuel taking bronze, earning
Israel’s first medal of the games. Another British athlete who was chasing victory
was Tom Aggar in the AS Men’s Single Sculls. Wanting to join his wife who is
Paralympic medalist from Bejing in 2008,Aggar was going to have to row the race of his life
to stay ahead of the assembled World Class line up. Australian Erik Horrie who won silver in London
2012 was determined to take home the gold this time. As hard as the
Australian tried however, Ukranian rower Roman Polianskyi who only took up the sport two
years ago, could not be challenged. Polyaniski came in to take the Gold medal
with a new person best time. Horrie would take his second Paralympic medal
and Britain’s Aggar would hand on for bronze. The TA Mixed Double Sculls were up next and
China’s Fei Tianming and Lui Shuang were determined to make a mark. Pulling out
an early lead against the British duo Laurence Whiteley and Lauren Rowles. However, the Chinese pair might have run out
of steam towards the end as Great Britain took
the gold with a comfortable gap. China would take second and France would take
home the bronze. The LTA Mixed Coxed Four got under way with
Canada, the USA and Great Britain making strong starts. The conditions were
noticeably rougher than earlier in the day making the race that little bit tougher for
the competitors. In the end Great Britain
continued their run of rowing success with another Gold. The USA managed to edge out Canada by less
than a second to take the silver medal. James Fox who said three years ago his main
ambition was to win gold at Rio, was overcome with delight at the
teams achievement.

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