Canada rows to historic gold

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:32 PM ET

Canada's women's eight rowed to a historic gold medal at the world rowing under-23 championships Sunday in Amsterdam.

The gold, a first for Canada at the under-23 worlds, came in record time. The Canadian women posted a time of six minutes, 3.23 seconds, to finish more than two seconds ahead of runner-up Germany and five better than third-place United States.

"Winning the race and attaining the goal we had set for ourselves all became so real when we were standing on the podium singing 'O Canada,' said Susanne Grainger of London, Ont. "We didn't just do it for ourselves. We did it for our country and all of our family, friends and supporters that are here and back home cheering us on."

The Canadian crew of Grainger, Kate Goodfellow (Ottawa, ON), Jennifer Martins (Toronto, ON), Christine Roper (Montego Bay, Jamaica), Lauren Wilkinson (North Vancouver, BC), Sarah Black (Ottawa, ON), Laura Cowal (Thorold, ON), Lisa Roman (Langley, BC) and coxswain Ellen Fawcett (St. Catharines, ON) didn't let the windy, rainy conditions on the Bosbaan course bother them.

"Our race felt so powerful," Cowal said. "We were completely united and relentless. I will never forget this day."

In the women's lightweight single event, 19-year-old Patricia Obee of Victoria, B.C., raced to a bronze medal in 7:38.29, eight seconds behind winner Katherine Copeland of Great Britain. Alena Kryvasheyenka of Belarus took the silver.

DIVER HIT BY CAR

Canadian diver Kevin Geyson remains in a Shanghai hospital after being hit by a car over the weekend.

Geyson, a 27-year-old from Winnipeg, was crossing the street near the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center when he was hit by a car, according to a report on CBC's website. He was unconcious for several hours but received non-life threatening injuries, including a severe gash to his leg and a concussion.

The physical therapy student at the University of Manitoba is expected to stay in the unnamed hospital, reportedly one of the top trauma centres in the country, for a week.

"But the news is good," Diving Canada spokesman Samuel Larochella told CBC on Sunday, a day after the incident. "He is awake, he is alert and doesn't have any big injuries. The local doctors and the Canadian doctors were there when he got to the hospital. There will be someone from the Canadian team with him all of that time."

Geyson was in Shanghai for the world aquatics championships. He and partner Eric Sehn of Edmonton finished eighth in the men's 10-metre synchro event.


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