- Proud of our Rowing Teams -
Greece had two representatives in today’s final rounds of the Rowing competitions. Asoumanaki and Nikolaidou were one spot away from the bronze medal (finished 4th) in the Women’s Double Sculls while the surprise Greek team of the Men’s Lightweight Four finished 6th in the competition. Despite not earning a medal in either event, both teams made it to the final round of each race concluding a successful Olympic Games for the Greek rowing teams.
ROWING - WOMEN'S DOUBLE SCULLS (FINAL)
|Asoumanaki & Nikolaidou||7:48.62||4th|
Sofia Asoumanaki & Katerina Nikolaidou were expected to be a main contender for a medal in today’s Women's Double Sculls final after finishing 2nd overall in the semi-finals. They got off to a slow start in today’s race and were in 6th place after the first 1000 meters. A late push from the Greek duo put them ahead of the United States and France, but the distance was too much to overcome for a 3rd place finish and bronze medal. The Greek team completed the race in 7:48.62 with Lithuania finishing comfortably in 3rd with a time of 7:43.76. The gold medal went to Poland (7:40.10) and the silver medal went to Great Britain (7:41.05).
It was Asoumanaki & Nikolaidou’s first appearance in the Olympic Games. The duo has only trained together for 16 months and have a bright future ahead of them.
ROWING - MEN'S COXLESS LIGHTWEIGHT FOUR (FINAL)
Greece had the surprise team in the Men’s Lightweight Four competition after qualifying for the event’s final. The team that consisted of S. Ntouskos, I. Petrou, S. Giannaros, and P. Magdanis was formed right before the Olympic Games and took the place of Russia due to their doping scandal. In today’s final, the Greek team finished in last place (6th), with a time of 6:36.47 which was well behind the top 3. The gold medal went to Switzerland (6:20.51) while Denmark (6:21.97) and France (6:22.85) claimed silver and bronze.
Regardless of today’s result, the Greek team’s qualification to the final (and 6th place overall) capped off a successful Olympic Games for the four athletes.