Ymkje Clevering and Veronique Meester got a ticket in the duet. The Dutch duo had nothing but to put up with Australian rowers Jessica Morrison and Annabelle McIntyre in the semi-finals.
Marlos Oldenburg, Hermigentje Drenth, Tinka Overense and Benthey Boonstra posted the best time in the four-women’s semi-final: 6.52.72. Only Romania came close: 6.53.98.
The Dutch men’s four-seater team finished second in their race. The quartet of Nicky van Sprang, Robin Knapp, Ralph Renks and Rick Renks was slower than the US and in the other race the Brits were faster.
In the women’s double sculls, Ross de Jong, Tessa Dolemans, Leila Issoufou and Benti Paulis qualified convincingly for the Games. They won their semi-final ahead of China in a time of 7:04.10.
The men’s double sculls could also focus on the Paris Games. Lennart van Lierop, Finn Floren, Ton Witten and Koen Metsemakers made a good impression by lowering the level of competition. The Dutch quartet left Switzerland far behind: 6:06.20 to 6:14.47. In the other semi-final, Poland was fastest with a time of 6.16.01.
The men’s pair, with Abby Wiersma and Nelson Reitsma, missed the semi-finals and therefore also missed out on qualifying for the Games.
A final place in the World Cup is enough to get an Olympic ticket, except for the eight. The rowers themselves do not qualify, but the boat does. The compositions may still change.
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