Chinese Su Hui, in men's single sculls, together with Li Qian
and Xu Dongxiang competing in women's lightweight double sculls,
made it to the semis in the repechage here on Tuesday.
21-year-old Su Hui, second in his repechage and 4th overall,
laid himself out to secure a berth in the semis. As the only
Chinese sculler in this discipline, Su Hui was dedicated to sharpen
his skills as preparations for the Beijing Games four years
"I did a good job today and I think I will make more improvement
in 2008." Su Hui said, revealing his aim.
19-year-old Li, and Xu, 21, bearing great potentials to win a
medal, easily came out the first in their repechage and set their
eyes on the finals.
"Our performance is mediocre. Just wait and see what we are
gonna do." Li said.
Mexican Martha Garcia, 39, led her repechage in women's single
sculls and went to the semis, fulfilling her goal to be among the
"My goal is very simple, just to be in the top 12. Now I made
it." Garcia seemed to have no Olympic gold aspiration as this was
only her second Olympics since Barcelona in 1992.
She took up rowing competition 21 years ago and for the next
10years remained at the top until retirement in 1993. In 2003, she
returned to rowing and took her chances in Olympics, encouraged by
her coach Nikolay Chuprina.
No surprises were produced Tuesday in the rest repechages of
men's pair, men's double sculls, men's four, men's lightweight
four, men's lightweight double sculls, and men's quad sculls as
favorites grabbed the second chance to qualify as British Ian
Lawson in men's single sculls felt relieved after a disastrous
performance in the heats.
14 disciplines were included in Olympic rowing slated from
Aug.15 to 22.
(Xinhua News Agency August 18, 2004)