South Africa had a good day at the rowing regatta at the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, with three out of four boats qualifying automatically for the semifinals in their various categories.
Conditions were considerably better, with only a slight breeze compared to the strong gusts of wind which forced the programme to be suspended on Sunday.
Kirsten McCann and Ursula Grobler dominated their heat in the women’s lightweight double sculls, comfortably outstripping the Irish boat to qualify for the semifinals on Wednesday. The South African duo recorded the seventh fastest time of the eight crews to qualify directly for the semifinals. It would be unfair to read too much into their time of 7min:07.320 however given they were barely challenged over the 2000m course.
The Dutch duo of Maaike Head and Ilse Paulis record the fastest time of 06:47.690.
In the men’s lightweight double sculls James Thompson and John Smith looked in impressive form in their Heat, starting steadily, allowing the young British pair of Richard Chambers and Will Fletcher to lead through the first half of the race. But the South Africans put on a powerful display in the last 1000m to finish in 06:23.100, the fastest time in the four heats.