LINZ – SA Men’s heavyweight rowing pair John Smith and Lawrence Brittain have qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The team will be aiming high, South Africa rowing coach Roger Barrows said, following the results of the B-finals at the World Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria, which concluded on Sunday.
The all-important race saw the top five boats qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, with nearly 1200 athletes from 80 nations competing.
Barrows said: “South Africa’s Smith and Brittain moved away from the quickest at the start. Smith has an Olympic gold medal from the lightweight four and has successfully transitioned to the open weight class.
“The pair were SA’s only boat to book qualification for the Games in Austria, with two other crews missing out on what could be termed a disappointing campaign by SA.”