Mon, September 23, 2013

Disappointment for rowers Vandor and Jarvis

By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency


Canada's Douglas Vandor and Morgan Jarvis row in the men's lightweight double sculls heat during the London 2012 Olympic Games, July 29, 2012. (JIM YOUNG/Reuters)


ETON DORNEY, ENGLAND - The Olympics haven't been kind to Doug Vandor.

Four years ago in Beijing, the 37-year-old native of Montreal got sick and had to drop out for the final of the men's lightweight double sculls.

Tuesday, these Summer Games ended for him when he and partner Morgan Jarvis finished fourth and failed to advance out of their repechage.

"When this happens, it's incredibly frustrating," said Vandor, who said he and Jarvis, a native of Winnipeg, had a good camp in Italy in the lead up to the Games. "We had high expectations here. It's doubling disappointing when you stumble and don't meet those expectations."

Rowing Canada viewed the men's double as a medal contender.

"That was one of our high medal potential crews and for whatever reason they didn't have it today," said Rowing Canada's director of high performance Peter Cookson. "I know they put out and they tried their best and they performed the best they could...it's unfortunate, but that's racing."

The men's double sculls crew of Michael Braithwaite of Victoria, and Kevin Kowalyk, a native of Winnipeg, are also out after finishing sixth in their semifinal.

The news was better for the women's lightweight double as Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee, both of Victoria, who have only been teamed since April, finished second in their repechage and advanced to the semifinal.

"We're going to have to step it up one more time because it should be a fast race, but I think we can do that," said Jennerich.

They finished second to the Americans' winning time of seven minutes, 13.82 seconds with a time of 7:15.37.

Tuesday's results leave five of Canada's seven boats still in contention.

Vandor and Jarvis jumped out to an early lead over Greece, but couldn't sustain it.

"I'm not sure we went out too fast because it felt really good," said Vandor. "It didn't feel like we were overextending ourselves or going above the line. Maybe something technically was just a bit off and it takes that much more energy per stroke and you're not aware of it. By the time you come to the final sprint, you can't do it...I can't really explain why we weren't able to."

Cookson said he felt bad for Vandor.

"He was sick in Beijing and unfortunately, it was another bad experience for him," he said. "He's a quality guy, he's a character guy and I really feel for him right now. We all wished for a better outcome than what happened today."

chris.stevenson@sunmedia.ca

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