Canadian rowers Jennerich, Obee qualify for Rio

AIGUEBELETTE, France — Victoria natives Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee finished fourth in the women’s double on Saturday at the world rowing championships.

The duo got off to a slow start and had too much work to do in the final quarter of the race to catch up.

Despite missing the podium, Jennerich and Obee’s boat still qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“We are a quality crew and I know we can win in Rio,” said Jennerich. “We must have a strategic plan and put together a solid year of training. Then we will be able to perform to our full potential.”

New Zealand won the race with Britain taking silver and South Africa collecting bronze.

Canada’s Will Crothers, Tim Schrijver, Kai Langerfeld and Conlin McCabe faded in the last quarter of the men’s four and finished 1.12 seconds off the podium in fourth. Italy crossed the line in first place for gold.

The Canadians still qualified for Rio and ended their week ranked fourth in the world.


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