Zim rower in pursuit of African Olympics record

Rowing coach, Rachel Davies and her mentee Micheen Thornycroft, who are living their dream of participating at the world’s most prestigious sports showcase, the Olympics are on track in pursuit of an African record at the ongoing London Games.

Micheen Thornycroft
Micheen Thornycroft

Thornycroft who qualified for the quarter-finals of the women’s single sculls hopes to make it in the top three of the quarter final 3race today. She will race against five other rowers who will be hoping to qualify for the semi-finals. There are four quarterfinal groups of six rowers to produce 12 rowers for the semi-finals set for Thursday.

Thornycroft who has limited international experience to brag about at her debut Olympics this year knows winning a medal will be an insurmountable task. In fact her coach Davies insists that their target will be reaching the semi-finals which will be a first thing for an African at the Olympics.

“It will be great for her to make it to the top 12, it will be the first time an African rower could have achieved this,” Davies told The Zimbabwean.

The 25-year-old qualified for the quarter-finals after finishing second in the heats with a time of 7.47.10seconds last Saturday. She is already the only African left in the race for the rowing medal after an Algerian was eliminated in the heats.

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