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Double Sculls, Women

Date30 July – 3 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationEton Dorney, Windsor
Participants20 from 10 countries
Olympic Record 6:49.00 / Kerstin Köppen / Kathrin Boron GER / 1 August 1992
Olympic Record (1,000 m)3:16.27 / Yelena Khloptseva / Larisa Popova URS / 26 July 1980

Briton Katherine Grainger had Olympic silver medals in the quadruple sculls (2000 and 2008) and the coxless pair (2004) but, after partnering with Anna Watkins for the double sculls in 2010, she had never lost a race in the event. The 2012 Games, therefore, looked to be promising for her to finally win Olympic gold. The duo’s only real challenge would come from the Australian team of Kim Crow and Brooke Pratley. Crow and teammate Kerry Hore had come in second at the last two World Champions behind Britain and, although Hore decided to conserve her strength for the women’s quadruple sculls, Crow chose to take up the oars for both the single and double sculls and picked Pratley, the 2006 World Champion in double sculls, as her partner. The only other true contenders for a podium spot were Poland’s Magdalena Fularczyk and Julia Michalska, who were World Champions in the event in 2009.

As expected, Great Britain and Australia had the two fastest times in the heats, guaranteeing an exciting final along Eton Downey. Thousands of British fans roared and cheered as Grainger and Watkins took an early lead, followed closely by Crow and Pratley. In the second half of the course, Britain broke away from their rivals and pulled out to a sizeable lead; by the 1500m mark, the duo was all but assured the gold medal while crowd and media commentators alike were on their feet, caught up in the rush of excitement. Australia never relented on their challenge and ended up with a respectable effort and a silver medal, nearly ten seconds ahead of Poland, the bronze medal finalists. Thus Grainger and Watkins captured only the second gold medal for British women’s rowing, the first having come earlier in the Games from Helen Glover and Heather Stanning in the coxless pairs.

PosNrBoatNOCR1R1 RepFinal
1Anna Watkins / Katherine GraingerGBR6:44.33 (1 h1)6:55.82 (1 h1)Gold
2Kim Crow / Brooke PratleyAUS6:48.80 (1 h2)6:58.55 (2 h1)Silver
3Magdalena Fularczyk-Kozłowska / Julia MichalskaPOL6:50.85 (2 h2)7:07.92 (3 h1)Bronze
4Wang Min / Zhu WeiweiCHN6:50.64 (3 h1)7:09.65 (1 h1)7:08.92 (4 h1)
5Fiona Paterson / Anna ReymerNZL6:49.44 (2 h1)7:09.82 (5 h1)
6Margot Shumway / Sarah TrowbridgeUSA6:55.25 (3 h2)7:10.37 (2 h1)7:10.54 (6 h1)
7Lenka Antošová / Jitka AntošováCZE7:05.05 (5 h1)7:11.68 (3 h1)7:24.93 (1 h2)
8Inge Janssen / Ellen HogerwerfNED7:00.10 (4 h1)7:19.80 (5 h1)7:29.57 (2 h2)
9Tina Manker / Stephanie SchillerGER7:08.36 (4 h2)7:18.37 (4 h1)7:33.32 (3 h2)
10Hanna Kravchenko / Olena BuriakUKR7:09.40 (5 h2)7:23.02 (6 h1)7:36.65 (4 h2)

Round One (30 July 2012 — 10:20)

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

Heat One (10:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1Anna Watkins / Katherine GraingerGBR6:44.331:35.87 (1)
1:42.13 (1)
3:18.00 (1)
1:43.20 (1)
5:01.20 (1)
1:43.13 (2)
Q
2Fiona Paterson / Anna ReymerNZL6:49.441:37.11 (2)
1:44.22 (3)
3:21.33 (2)
1:45.10 (3)
5:06.43 (2)
1:43.01 (1)
Q
3Wang Min / Zhu WeiweiCHN6:50.641:38.96 (4)
1:43.50 (2)
3:22.46 (3)
1:44.64 (2)
5:07.10 (3)
1:43.54 (3)
4Inge Janssen / Ellen HogerwerfNED7:00.101:39.90 (5)
1:46.57 (4)
3:26.47 (5)
1:46.86 (4)
5:13.33 (4)
1:46.77 (4)
5Lenka Antošová / Jitka AntošováCZE7:05.051:38.66 (3)
1:46.73 (5)
3:25.39 (4)
1:49.26 (5)
5:14.65 (5)
1:50.40 (5)

Heat Two (10:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1Kim Crow / Brooke PratleyAUS6:48.801:37.62 (1)
1:43.84 (1)
3:21.46 (1)
1:45.15 (2)
5:06.61 (1)
1:42.19 (1)
Q
2Magdalena Fularczyk-Kozłowska / Julia MichalskaPOL6:50.851:37.94 (2)
1:44.80 (3)
3:22.74 (2)
1:44.79 (1)
5:07.53 (2)
1:43.32 (2)
Q
3Margot Shumway / Sarah TrowbridgeUSA6:55.251:39.57 (4)
1:44.12 (2)
3:23.69 (3)
1:45.25 (3)
5:08.94 (3)
1:46.31 (3)
4Tina Manker / Stephanie SchillerGER7:08.361:38.46 (3)
1:48.22 (5)
3:26.68 (4)
1:51.37 (5)
5:18.05 (4)
1:50.31 (5)
5Hanna Kravchenko / Olena BuriakUKR7:09.401:40.93 (5)
1:47.43 (4)
3:28.36 (5)
1:51.05 (4)
5:19.41 (5)
1:49.99 (4)

Round One Repêchage (31 July 2012 — 9:50)

Top two in each heat to A Final.

Heat One (9:50)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1Wang Min / Zhu WeiweiCHN7:09.651:43.05 (2)
1:47.74 (1)
3:30.79 (1)
1:50.11 (2)
5:20.90 (1)
1:48.75 (3)
Q
2Margot Shumway / Sarah TrowbridgeUSA7:10.371:43.87 (3)
1:50.05 (2)
3:33.92 (3)
1:50.10 (1)
5:24.02 (3)
1:46.35 (1)
Q
3Lenka Antošová / Jitka AntošováCZE7:11.681:42.70 (1)
1:50.56 (3)
3:33.26 (2)
1:50.37 (3)
5:23.63 (2)
1:48.05 (2)
4Tina Manker / Stephanie SchillerGER7:18.371:44.08 (4)
1:51.53 (4)
3:35.61 (4)
1:51.74 (4)
5:27.35 (4)
1:51.02 (5)
5Inge Janssen / Ellen HogerwerfNED7:19.801:45.93 (6)
1:52.60 (6)
3:38.53 (6)
1:51.86 (5)
5:30.39 (6)
1:49.41 (4)
6Olena Buriak / Hanna KravchenkoUKR7:23.021:44.95 (5)
1:52.07 (5)
3:37.02 (5)
1:52.70 (6)
5:29.72 (5)
1:53.30 (6)

Final Round (3 August 2012 — 11:00)

A Final (12:10)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1Anna Watkins / Katherine GraingerGBR6:55.821:38.43 (1)
1:43.97 (1)
3:22.40 (1)
1:47.65 (1)
5:10.05 (1)
1:45.77 (1)
2Kim Crow / Brooke PratleyAUS6:58.551:39.18 (2)
1:44.63 (2)
3:23.81 (2)
1:48.92 (2)
5:12.73 (2)
1:45.82 (3)
3Magdalena Fularczyk-Kozłowska / Julia MichalskaPOL7:07.921:40.85 (3)
1:46.33 (3)
3:27.18 (3)
1:50.56 (3)
5:17.74 (3)
1:50.18 (6)
4Wang Min / Zhu WeiweiCHN7:08.921:43.95 (6)
1:46.92 (4)
3:30.87 (5)
1:51.01 (5)
5:21.88 (4)
1:47.04 (4)
5Fiona Paterson / Anna ReymerNZL7:09.821:41.42 (4)
1:49.23 (6)
3:30.65 (4)
1:53.36 (6)
5:24.01 (6)
1:45.81 (2)
6Margot Shumway / Sarah TrowbridgeUSA7:10.541:43.72 (5)
1:48.50 (5)
3:32.22 (6)
1:50.67 (4)
5:22.89 (5)
1:47.65 (5)

B Final (11:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1Lenka Antošová / Jitka AntošováCZE7:24.931:45.74 (2)
1:54.71 (1)
3:40.45 (1)
1:54.22 (1)
5:34.67 (1)
1:50.26 (1)
2Inge Janssen / Ellen HogerwerfNED7:29.571:47.08 (4)
1:55.12 (2)
3:42.20 (3)
1:54.93 (2)
5:37.13 (2)
1:52.44 (2)
3Tina Manker / Stephanie SchillerGER7:33.321:45.25 (1)
1:56.60 (4)
3:41.85 (2)
1:56.95 (3)
5:38.80 (3)
1:54.52 (3)
4Hanna Kravchenko / Olena BuriakUKR7:36.651:46.38 (3)
1:56.18 (3)
3:42.56 (4)
1:58.26 (4)
5:40.82 (4)
1:55.83 (4)