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Quadruple Sculls, Women

Date28 July – 1 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationEton Dorney, Windsor
Participants32 from 8 countries
Olympic Record 6:11.83 / People's Republic of China CHN / 10 August 2008

In 2008 China and Great Britain had been the teams to beat in the women’s quadruple sculls and, indeed, had won gold and silver respectively at that year’s Summer Olympics. In the intervening years, however, China’s strength had waned while Great Britain remained a force, one that would certainly be amplified by competing in a home Olympics. It was the Ukrainian team, however, that had garnered the most attention during the last season. Although the squad had been successful in past years, it was also uneven, but an intense training regimen for both endurance and strength boosted the team’s performance and left them with a string of victories on the international scene going into the event, including all three of the year’s World Cup regattas. Germany was also an ever-present threat; aside from being the reigning World Champions, they had won gold in the event every year since its début at the Olympics in 1988, save for 2008.

Unsurprisingly it was Germany and Ukraine that captured their respective heats, leaving the other nations to battle for a spot in the finals in the repêchage. Perhaps more surprising was that China and Britain finished at the bottom of the pack and narrowly avoided elimination in a repêchage won by Australia. China, which finished fourth, might have been eliminated had the New Zealand squad, bronze medalists at the most recent World Championships, not broken a blade with less than 500m to go in the race. The final was dominated by the Ukrainians, who remained an entire length ahead of the pack for almost the entire course and easily captured the gold medal, the nation’s first ever victory in Olympic rowing. Germany clinched silver in a tight drive for second place and the United States, who had taken silver in the 2011 World Championships, settled for bronze.

PosNrBoatNOCR1R1 RepFinal
1UkraineUKR6:14.82 (1 h2)6:35.93 (1 h1)Gold
Kateryna TarasenkoNataliya DovhodkoAnastasiya KozhenkovaYana Dementieva
2GermanyGER6:13.62 (1 h1)6:38.09 (2 h1)Silver
Annekatrin ThieleCarina BärJulia RichterBritta Oppelt
3United StatesUSA6:15.76 (2 h1)6:19.49 (2 h1)6:40.63 (3 h1)Bronze
Natalie DellKara KohlerMegan KalmoeAdrienne Martelli
4AustraliaAUS6:17.52 (2 h2)6:18.80 (1 h1)6:41.67 (4 h1)
Dana FaleticKerry HorePauline FrascaAmy Ives
5People's Republic of ChinaCHN6:24.32 (4 h1)6:21.98 (4 h1)6:44.19 (5 h1)
Tang BinTian LiangJin ZiweiZhang Yangyang
6Great BritainGBR6:20.71 (4 h2)6:21.65 (3 h1)6:51.54 (6 h1)
Melanie WilsonDebbie FloodFrances HoughtonBeth Rodford
7New ZealandNZL6:20.22 (3 h2)6:48.71 (6 h1)6:56.46 (1 h2)
Sarah GrayLouise TrappittFi BourkeEve Macfarlane
8PolandPOL6:21.44 (3 h1)6:23.19 (5 h1)6:57.20 (2 h2)
Kamila SoćkoJoanna LeszczyńskaSylwia LewandowskaNatalia Madaj

Round One (28 July 2012 — 9:50)

Winner of each heat advanced to final; all others to repêchage.

Heat One (9:50)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1GermanyGER6:13.621:30.13 (1)
1:33.74 (1)
3:03.87 (1)
1:35.09 (1)
4:38.96 (1)
1:34.66 (1)
Q
Annekatrin ThieleCarina BärJulia RichterBritta Oppelt
2United StatesUSA6:15.761:30.17 (2)
1:34.22 (2)
3:04.39 (2)
1:35.25 (2)
4:39.64 (2)
1:36.12 (2)
Natalie DellKara KohlerMegan KalmoeAdrienne Martelli
3PolandPOL6:21.441:31.67 (4)
1:35.57 (3)
3:07.24 (4)
1:37.82 (3)
4:45.06 (3)
1:36.38 (3)
Kamila SoćkoJoanna LeszczyńskaSylwia LewandowskaNatalia Madaj
4People's Republic of ChinaCHN6:24.321:31.35 (3)
1:35.78 (4)
3:07.13 (3)
1:38.42 (4)
4:45.55 (4)
1:38.77 (4)
Tang BinTian LiangJin ZiweiZhang Yangyang

Heat Two (10:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1UkraineUKR6:14.821:30.40 (1)
1:34.06 (1)
3:04.46 (1)
1:35.00 (2)
4:39.46 (1)
1:35.36 (2)
Q
Kateryna TarasenkoNataliya DovhodkoAnastasiya KozhenkovaYana Dementieva
2AustraliaAUS6:17.521:31.86 (2)
1:35.02 (2)
3:06.88 (2)
1:35.58 (3)
4:42.46 (2)
1:35.06 (1)
Dana FaleticKerry HorePauline FrascaAmy Ives
3New ZealandNZL6:20.221:33.50 (4)
1:36.29 (3)
3:09.79 (4)
1:34.89 (1)
4:44.68 (3)
1:35.54 (3)
Sarah GrayLouise TrappittFi BourkeEve Macfarlane
4Great BritainGBR6:20.711:32.03 (3)
1:37.10 (4)
3:09.13 (3)
1:35.93 (4)
4:45.06 (4)
1:35.65 (4)
Melanie WilsonDebbie FloodFrances HoughtonBeth Rodford

Round One Repêchage (30 July 2012 — 9:40)

Top four to A Final.

Heat One (9:40)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1AustraliaAUS6:18.801:33.08 (1)
1:35.34 (1)
3:08.42 (1)
1:36.30 (4)
4:44.72 (1)
1:34.08 (2)
Q
Dana FaleticKerry HorePauline FrascaAmy Ives
2United StatesUSA6:19.491:33.91 (3)
1:35.52 (2)
3:09.43 (2)
1:35.58 (2)
4:45.01 (2)
1:34.48 (4)
Q
Natalie DellKara KohlerMegan KalmoeAdrienne Martelli
3Great BritainGBR6:21.651:35.38 (5)
1:36.62 (5)
3:12.00 (6)
1:36.13 (3)
4:48.13 (5)
1:33.52 (1)
Q
Melanie WilsonDebbie FloodFrances HoughtonBeth Rodford
4People's Republic of ChinaCHN6:21.981:33.58 (2)
1:36.26 (4)
3:09.84 (3)
1:38.05 (6)
4:47.89 (4)
1:34.09 (3)
Q
Tang BinTian LiangJin ZiweiZhang Yangyang
5PolandPOL6:23.191:34.07 (4)
1:36.63 (6)
3:10.70 (4)
1:37.70 (5)
4:48.40 (6)
1:34.79 (5)
Kamila SoćkoJoanna LeszczyńskaSylwia LewandowskaNatalia Madaj
6New ZealandNZL6:48.711:35.66 (6)
1:35.95 (3)
3:11.61 (5)
1:35.06 (1)
4:46.67 (3)
2:02.04 (6)
Sarah GrayLouise TrappittFi BourkeEve Macfarlane

Final Round (1 August 2012 — 10:20)

A Final (12:10)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1UkraineUKR6:35.931:34.87 (1)
1:39.38 (1)
3:14.25 (1)
1:40.82 (2)
4:55.07 (1)
1:40.86 (4)
Kateryna TarasenkoNataliya DovhodkoAnastasiya KozhenkovaYana Dementieva
2GermanyGER6:38.091:36.92 (3)
1:40.24 (3)
3:17.16 (3)
1:40.72 (1)
4:57.88 (2)
1:40.21 (2)
Annekatrin ThieleCarina BärJulia RichterBritta Oppelt
3United StatesUSA6:40.631:36.76 (2)
1:40.21 (2)
3:16.97 (2)
1:41.17 (3)
4:58.14 (3)
1:42.49 (5)
Natalie DellKara KohlerMegan KalmoeAdrienne Martelli
4AustraliaAUS6:41.671:37.47 (4)
1:42.16 (4)
3:19.63 (4)
1:41.59 (4)
5:01.22 (4)
1:40.45 (3)
Dana FaleticKerry HorePauline FrascaAmy Ives
5People's Republic of ChinaCHN6:44.191:38.43 (5)
1:43.43 (6)
3:21.86 (5)
1:42.67 (5)
5:04.53 (5)
1:39.66 (1)
Tang BinTian LiangJin ZiweiZhang Yangyang
6Great BritainGBR6:51.541:40.17 (6)
1:43.27 (5)
3:23.44 (6)
1:43.82 (6)
5:07.26 (6)
1:44.28 (6)
Melanie WilsonDebbie FloodFrances HoughtonBeth Rodford

B Final (10:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1New ZealandNZL6:56.461:42.43 (2)
1:44.49 (1)
3:26.92 (2)
1:45.23 (2)
5:12.15 (2)
1:44.31 (1)
Sarah GrayLouise TrappittFi BourkeEve Macfarlane
2PolandPOL6:57.201:41.58 (1)
1:45.14 (2)
3:26.72 (1)
1:44.74 (1)
5:11.46 (1)
1:45.74 (2)
Kamila SoćkoJoanna LeszczyńskaSylwia LewandowskaNatalia Madaj