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Eights, Women

Date29 July – 2 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationEton Dorney, Windsor
Participants63 from 7 countries

As the defending Olympic Champions and the reigning World Champions since 2006, the squad from the United States was heavily favored to win Olympic gold in the 2012 women’s eights event, as they had not lost a competitive race since 2005. The closest any team had gotten to overcoming their dominance was the Canadians, who had been the runners up in the World Championships over the past two seasons. Romania, having rebuilt their women’s eights team in the second half of the 2000s, and who won bronze at the 2008 Games, were also seen contenders for a podium position. The Netherlands, silver medalists from 2008, was a potential dark horse nation in the competition; although they had performed unevenly since their second place finish in Beijing, they had improved significantly in the year prior to the event.

Canada looked promising in the heats, winning theirs in a faster time than the Americans, but the final was dominated entirely by the United States. The Americans set themselves out in front from the beginning and were never seriously challenged for the gold medal. Canada and the Netherlands pulled ahead from the rest of the pack and battled for the final two medals, with the Canadians eventually coming out on top and earning silver.

PosNrBoatNOCR1R1 RepFinal
1United StatesUSA6:14.68 (1 h1)6:10.59 (1 h1)Gold
Erin CafaroSusan FranciaEsther LofgrenTaylor RitzelMeghan MusnickiElle LoganCaroline LindCaryn DaviesMary Whipple
2CanadaCAN6:13.91 (1 h2)6:12.06 (2 h1)Silver
Janine HansonRachelle ViinbergKrista GuloienLauren WilkinsonNatalie MastracciAshley BrzozowiczDarcy MarquardtAndréanne MorinLesley Thompson-Willie
3NetherlandsNED6:18.98 (3 h2)6:15.36 (1 h1)6:13.12 (3 h1)Bronze
Jacobine VeenhovenNienke KingmaChantal AchterbergSytske de GrootRoline Repelaer van DrielClaudia BelderbosCarline BouwAnnemiek de HaanAnne Schellekens
4RomaniaROU6:16.61 (2 h2)6:16.16 (2 h1)6:17.64 (4 h1)
Roxana CogianuNicoleta AlbuCristina GrigorașIrina DorneanuCamelia LupașcuEnikő Barabás-MironcicAdelina Cojocariu-BogusIoana RotaruTeodora Gîdoiu
5Great BritainGBR6:23.51 (3 h1)6:21.58 (4 h1)6:18.77 (5 h1)
Olivia WhitlamLouisa ReeveJess EddieLindsey MaguireNatasha PageAnnie VernonKatie GrevesVictoria ThornleyCaroline O'Connor
6AustraliaAUS6:20.89 (2 h1)6:18.63 (3 h1)6:18.86 (6 h1)
Hannah VermeerschRenee ChattertonRobyn Selby SmithSarah CookTess GerrandAlexandra HaganSally KehoePhoebe StanleyElizabeth Patrick
7GermanyGER6:34.32 (4 h1)6:27.69 (5 h1)
Ronja SchütteJulia LepkeDaniela SchultzeKathrin ThiemUlrike SennewaldNadja DrygallaKathrin MarchandConstanze SieringLaura Schwensen

Round One (29 July 2012 — 11:50)

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

Heat One (11:50)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1United StatesUSA6:14.681:30.81 (1)
1:34.82 (1)
3:05.63 (1)
1:35.06 (1)
4:40.69 (1)
1:33.99 (1)
Q
Erin CafaroSusan FranciaEsther LofgrenTaylor RitzelMeghan MusnickiElle LoganCaroline LindCaryn DaviesMary Whipple
2AustraliaAUS6:20.891:33.14 (2)
1:37.55 (3)
3:10.69 (2)
1:36.12 (3)
4:46.81 (2)
1:34.08 (2)
Hannah VermeerschRenee ChattertonRobyn Selby SmithSarah CookTess GerrandAlexandra HaganSally KehoePhoebe StanleyElizabeth Patrick
3Great BritainGBR6:23.511:34.40 (3)
1:37.29 (2)
3:11.69 (3)
1:35.90 (2)
4:47.59 (3)
1:35.92 (3)
Olivia WhitlamLouisa ReeveJess EddieLindsey MaguireNatasha PageAnnie VernonKatie GrevesVictoria ThornleyCaroline O'Connor
4GermanyGER6:34.321:34.71 (4)
1:40.02 (4)
3:14.73 (4)
1:39.25 (4)
4:53.98 (4)
1:40.34 (4)
Ronja SchütteJulia LepkeDaniela SchultzeKathrin ThiemUlrike SennewaldNadja DrygallaKathrin MarchandConstanze SieringLaura Schwensen

Heat Two (12:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1CanadaCAN6:13.911:31.02 (1)
1:33.37 (1)
3:04.39 (1)
1:35.02 (1)
4:39.41 (1)
1:34.50 (2)
Q
Janine HansonRachelle ViinbergKrista GuloienLauren WilkinsonNatalie MastracciAshley BrzozowiczDarcy MarquardtAndréanne MorinLesley Thompson-Willie
2RomaniaROU6:16.611:33.18 (3)
1:34.13 (2)
3:07.31 (2)
1:35.32 (2)
4:42.63 (2)
1:33.98 (1)
Roxana CogianuNicoleta AlbuCristina GrigorașIrina DorneanuCamelia LupașcuEnikő Barabás-MironcicAdelina Cojocariu-BogusIoana RotaruTeodora Gîdoiu
3NetherlandsNED6:18.981:32.51 (2)
1:35.44 (3)
3:07.95 (3)
1:36.48 (3)
4:44.43 (3)
1:34.55 (3)
Jacobine VeenhovenNienke KingmaChantal AchterbergSytske de GrootRoline Repelaer van DrielClaudia BelderbosCarline BouwAnnemiek de HaanAnne Schellekens

Round One Repêchage (31 July 2012 — 10:50)

Top four to A Final.

Heat One (10:50)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1NetherlandsNED6:15.361:30.65 (1)
1:35.71 (2)
3:06.36 (1)
1:35.89 (1)
4:42.25 (1)
1:33.11 (1)
Q
Jacobine VeenhovenNienke KingmaChantal AchterbergSytske de GrootRoline Repelaer van DrielClaudia BelderbosCarline BouwAnnemiek de HaanAnne Schellekens
2RomaniaROU6:16.161:31.17 (2)
1:35.38 (1)
3:06.55 (2)
1:35.97 (2)
4:42.52 (2)
1:33.64 (2)
Q
Roxana CogianuNicoleta AlbuCristina GrigorașIrina DorneanuCamelia LupașcuEnikő Barabás-MironcicAdelina Cojocariu-BogusIoana RotaruTeodora Gîdoiu
3AustraliaAUS6:18.631:31.71 (3)
1:36.17 (3)
3:07.88 (3)
1:36.17 (3)
4:44.05 (3)
1:34.58 (3)
Q
Hannah VermeerschRenee ChattertonRobyn Selby SmithSarah CookTess GerrandAlexandra HaganSally KehoePhoebe StanleyElizabeth Patrick
4Great BritainGBR6:21.581:32.00 (4)
1:36.83 (4)
3:08.83 (4)
1:36.88 (4)
4:45.71 (4)
1:35.87 (4)
Q
Olivia WhitlamLouisa ReeveJess EddieLindsey MaguireNatasha PageAnnie VernonKatie GrevesVictoria ThornleyCaroline O'Connor
5GermanyGER6:27.691:33.74 (5)
1:37.73 (5)
3:11.47 (5)
1:39.33 (5)
4:50.80 (5)
1:36.89 (5)
Ronja SchütteJulia LepkeDaniela SchultzeKathrin ThiemUlrike SennewaldNadja DrygallaKathrin MarchandConstanze SieringLaura Schwensen

Final Round (2 August 2012 — 12:30)

A Final (12:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1United StatesUSA6:10.591:29.81 (1)
1:33.04 (1)
3:02.85 (1)
1:35.06 (2)
4:37.91 (1)
1:32.68 (3)
Erin CafaroSusan FranciaEsther LofgrenTaylor RitzelMeghan MusnickiElle LoganCaroline LindCaryn DaviesMary Whipple
2CanadaCAN6:12.061:31.31 (3)
1:33.88 (2)
3:05.19 (2)
1:34.96 (1)
4:40.15 (2)
1:31.91 (1)
Janine HansonRachelle ViinbergKrista GuloienLauren WilkinsonNatalie MastracciAshley BrzozowiczDarcy MarquardtAndréanne MorinLesley Thompson-Willie
3NetherlandsNED6:13.121:30.82 (2)
1:34.76 (3)
3:05.58 (3)
1:35.51 (3)
4:41.09 (3)
1:32.03 (2)
Jacobine VeenhovenNienke KingmaChantal AchterbergSytske de GrootRoline Repelaer van DrielClaudia BelderbosCarline BouwAnnemiek de HaanAnne Schellekens
4RomaniaROU6:17.641:32.18 (5)
1:35.03 (4)
3:07.21 (4)
1:36.29 (5)
4:43.50 (4)
1:34.14 (5)
Roxana CogianuNicoleta AlbuCristina GrigorașIrina DorneanuCamelia LupașcuEnikő Barabás-MironcicAdelina Cojocariu-BogusIoana RotaruTeodora Gîdoiu
5Great BritainGBR6:18.771:33.37 (6)
1:35.39 (5)
3:08.76 (6)
1:36.27 (4)
4:45.03 (6)
1:33.74 (4)
Olivia WhitlamLouisa ReeveJess EddieLindsey MaguireNatasha PageAnnie VernonKatie GrevesVictoria ThornleyCaroline O'Connor
6AustraliaAUS6:18.861:31.91 (4)
1:35.78 (6)
3:07.69 (5)
1:36.58 (6)
4:44.27 (5)
1:34.59 (6)
Hannah VermeerschRenee ChattertonRobyn Selby SmithSarah CookTess GerrandAlexandra HaganSally KehoePhoebe StanleyElizabeth Patrick