Shomporko Online News Desk: Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens, both of Canada, won bronze in the women’s pair race at the Tokyo Olympics.
The pair led for the majority of the race before New Zealand gradually but steadily overtook them in the second half and went on to win the gold medal. At the end of the race, the Russian Olympic Committee’s duo narrowly edged off Canada to claim silver.
Canada finished with a time of 6:52.10, just over a second behind the ROC.
It marks the first medal won by Canada in rowing during this year’s Summer Games.
It’s also the first Olympic medal won by both Filmer and Janssens, the latter of whom is making her Olympic debut in Tokyo.
Filmer came in fifth place at the 2016 Games in Rio when she was a member of the women’s eight rowing team.
Canada is looking to bounce back from those 2016 Games, where the rowing team nabbed just one medal.
Conlin McCabe and Kai Langerfeld came agonizingly close to securing their own spot on the gold podium just before Filmer and Janssens’ race, finishing fourth in the men’s pair final with less than a second separating them from bronze.
The women’s eight from Canada will compete for gold on Friday.
Source_ The Star