Women's eight qualifies for London Olympics
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 09:29


The women's eight has become the 11th Australian crew to qualify for the 2012 London Olympic Games following a superb victory at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland.

The Phoebe Stanley (VIC) stroked crew rowed from Lane 3 and started well to sit fractionally behind Belarus through 500m before powering away from the field to secure their place for London in a time of 6:12.36.

The Australian crew also featuring Sally Kehoe (QLD), Alexandra Hagan (WA), Tess Gerrand (NSW), Sarah Cook (NSW), Hannah Vermeersch (WA), Renee Chatterton (SA), Robyn Selby Smith (VIC) and coxen Lizzy Patrick (VIC) finished a length clear of Germany, who came home strongly to secure the last qualification place for London.

Coach of the women's eight, Nick Garratt, said he was proud of the way the crew had approached both races at the regatta.

"I couldn't be happier with how the girls have performed across the last three days but this is just the start for them," Garratt said. "They have an Olympics to prepare for now.

"They always knew the other crews would throw down the challenge early in the race today, but they stuck to their plan and then finished the job superbly."

Earlier in the day Australia qualified another two boats for finals with both the women's single scull and lightweight men's double scull to race for Olympic berths on Wednesday evening.

Kim Crow (VIC) achieved a start-to-finish victory in the women's single scull, while Tom Gibson (TAS) and Rod Chisholm overhauled Spain in the third 500m to power away to a comfortable victory.

Crow requires third or better in her final to secure Australia the women's single scull position in London, while Gibson and Chisholm must finish first or second.