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2010_11_07 Canada wins silver at rowing worlds
Date: November 08, 2010

Canada's women's eight won silver Saturday on the final day of the world rowing championships in New Zealand.

The Canadians finished in six minutes 16.12 seconds behind the gold-medal winning United States (6:12.42). Romania (6:18.96) won bronze.

"You set out to win, but in the grand scheme of things this is a good result for the women's program," said the women eight's coach John Keogh.

"They are going to leave here with the confidence that they are good enough to be in the mix with the best in the world and that all their hard work throughout the winter has paid off."

The eight is cox Lesley Thompson-Willie of London, Ont., Andreanne Morin of Montreal, Darcy Marquardt of Richmond, B.C., Ashley Brzozowicz of London, Krista Guloien of Port Moody, B.C., Rachelle de Jong of Regina, Janine Hanson of Winnipeg, Cristy Nurse of Georgetown, Ont., and Emma Darling of Vancouver.

"For me, it was pretty amazing to comeback after six years of sculling, getting into the eight, and to win a silver medal," said de Jong, a member of the 2008 quad that competed at the Beijing Olympics.

"I'm really happy with the result and it makes me want to get back and train even harder."

The last time Canada won a medal at the world championship in this event was a bronze in 2003.

"Our goal was to go out and beat the Americans," said Janine Hanson, also 2008 Olympian. "But it definitely still feels great to reach the podium at the worlds."

In the men's eight B final, Canada won in 5:39.43 ahead of Poland (5:40.86) and China (5:41.04).

"They set out to show more maturity and race smarter today, and they delivered," said men's coach Mike Spracklen. "They obviously have the power, but they did not show this previously at this world championship."

The men's eight is cox Mark Laidlaw of Mississauga, Ont., Derek O'Farrell of Unionville, Ont., Rob Gibson of Kingston, Ont., Conlin McCabe of Brockville, Ont., Andrew Byrnes of Toronto, Doug Csima of Oakville, Ont., David Calder of Victoria, Will Crothers of Kingston, and Anthony Jacob of Vancouver.

Earlier today, Sheryl Preston of North Delta, B.C., was second in her women's single B final in 8:02.69. Preston got off to a strong start, but then the Swiss sculler, Olivia Wyss, made a move and continued to finish ahead of the Canadian in 7:59.5.

In the men's eight final, Germany edged Britain by 0.62 seconds to win the gold.

Katherine Grainger of Britain won her fifth world title, partnering Anna Watkins in the women's double sculls.

Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan gave New Zealand its third gold medal, overtaking Britons Matthew Wells and Marcus Bateman in the late stages of a close race to win the men's double sculls.

Germany won the men's lightweight eights.

Marcello Miani of Italy won the men's lightweight single sculls, and Marie-Louise Draeger of Germany took the women's lightweight single.