Mon, September 23, 2013

'Loose and fast' Canadian four displays horsepower

By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

ETAN DORNEY - The Canadian men’s four came into the Olympic regatta a little under the radar. They’re not going to catch anybody by surprise now. Michael Wilkinson (North Vancouver, BC), Anthony Jacob (Vancouver), Will Dean (Kelowna, BC) and Derek O’Farrell (Montreal) finished third in their heat Monday and advanced to the semifinal. “It was really nice to get that under the belt. We came in pretty nervous. It’s a big show here,” said O’Farrell. “It was good to sort of be the underdog coming in, no one really expected much of us. We just tried to put a stamp on the first 1,000 (metres) and see where we were and we right in the mix which is where we need to be. We’re really pleased with the result.” The four got off to a good start and then did a good job of defending challenges from Germany and New Zealand. Australia won the heat in five minutes 47.06 seconds with the Germans winding up second in 5:49.84 and Canada in 5:50.78. Canada’s time was the fourth-fastest of the 13 crews. “There’s a lot of horsepower in the boat. At times this year it’s been a little raw, but it’s good. That’s what you need.” said O’Farrell. “You’ve got to lay it out there otherwise it’s over before you even get stuck in. It’s good to have that raw power and I think we’ve been able to harness it a little bit and that showed today.” “Our saying is, ‘loose is fast.’ They’re relaxing and they’re enjoying it” said coach Terry Paul. “They’ve been really sharp technically the last couple of days.” chris.stevenson@sunmedia.ca twitter.com/CJ_Stevenson