August 17, 2008
Women's double sculls
win bronze in photo finish
lightweight double sculls rowing pair Melanie Kok and Tracy Cameron
clinched the bronze medal on Sunday in a photo finish at Shunyi
Olympic rowing park.
Kok and Cameron finished in six minutes, 56.68 seconds, behind
Kirsten van der Kolk and Marit van Eupen of the Netherlands, who
won the gold, and Sanna Sten and Minna Niemenen of Finland, who
The race came to such a close finish that the result was in doubt
for several seconds before the Canadians realized they had beaten
the Germans by 0.04 seconds.
"We had to find a little something extra to get beyond them,"
Cameron told the CBC. "Just close your eyes and go."
“Our goal was to have a really solid first 1,500. In our
previous races we’ve gotten caught a few times. We really
wanted to put together a solid last 500,” Kok said.
It was a soggy day at Shunyi on Sunday, but the rain let up just
before the pair took to the water.
Not included in the final was the reigning world champion Australian
crew of Amber Halliday and Marguerite Houston, after the pair was
eliminated in the semifinals on Friday.