Thornycroft through to rowing semis

HARARE - Zimbabwe top rower Micheen Thornycroft is through to this morning’s women single sculls semi-finals after finishing in third place during Tuesday’s quarter-finals at the ongoing World Championships in Aiguebelette, France.

The 28-year-old was a bit slower in the quarter-final recording a time of 07:36:460 down from the 07:33:520 she recorded in the heats on August 30 but it was still enough to book a place for her maiden semis.

Thornycroft finished third behind Belarus’ Tatsiana Kukhuta (07:34:380) and Sanita Puspure (07:36:110) of Ireland who came first and second place, respectively.

Other rowers from New Zealand, Denmark and Italy who came in 4th, 5th and 6th, respectively, now all go through to the C/D semi-final races.

Rowing Association of Zimbabwe press liaison officer, Bren Lepe expressed satisfaction over Thornycroft’s performance.

“We are really grateful that she managed to qualify for the semi-finals in what turned out to be an extremely closely contested race,” Lepe told the Daily News.

“She rowed an amazing race to come third in her quarter-final and in so doing progresses to her first ever A/B semi-finals. She will, without any doubts, be gunning for a top three finish and her achievements to date at this top world rowing meet(ing) are nothing short of wonderful and brilliant achievements for herself and Zimbabwe Rowing at large.”

Thornycroft will have to finish in the top three in her heat this morning.

Finishing in fourth, fifth or sixth place will earn her a spot in the B final.

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