Thursday July 29, 2021 – Tokyo, Japan
Caileigh Filmer (University of Victoria) and Hillary Janssens (University of British Columbia) rowed to a bronze medal in the women’s pair on Thursday, Canada’s first rowing medal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Filmer and Janssens had a bold start, taking the lead early on and moving into second at the 1500 metre mark. They battled with crews from New Zealand, Great Britain, and the Russian Olympic Committee for a spot on the podium, and remained strong and composed to cross the finish line third (6:52.10).
“We just know that we are amongst the fittest in the world, so we knew if we go as fast as we can in the first 500 that we’ve trained five years to be able to row 2k, so we could do it,” said Janssens. “I feel so privileged to be able to do this. Not many people in their lives get to pursue something that they really care about this much and we’re very lucky to be here.”
This is the first Olympic medal for both Filmer, who competed in the women’s eight in Rio, and Janssens, who made her Olympic debut in Tokyo.
“We told ourselves that the first half we were going to race physically, the second half we were going to race with our hearts,” said Filmer. “We’re lucky enough that, in our pair, we’re rowing with the number one person in the world that we want to row with. Hil’s my best friend, my favourite partner, and it just makes it so fun to be out there together. We told ourselves that we just wanted to enjoy every second.”
Kai Langerfeld (University of Victoria) and Conlin McCabe (Brockville Rowing Club) gave another thrilling performance in the men’s pair A final, moving up from sixth position at the halfway mark to challenge for the bronze medal. Canada was neck in neck with Denmark for the last few metres, finishing 0.55 seconds behind the Danish crew of Frederic Vystavel and Joachim Sutton to place fourth in the world.
“It was really close,” said McCabe. “We had a great sprint, a great start. We left it all out there. Super proud with how we rowed that. We were just going as fast as we could, it felt like the boat was flying underneath us. We were taking great strokes, we were going so fast in these conditions.”
Canada’s lightweight double crews closed out their Tokyo 2020 experience on Thursday with races in the B finals. Patrick Keane (Victoria City Rowing Club/University of Victoria) and Maxwell Lattimer (University of British Columbia) took fourth in the close lightweight men’s double race (6:17.60) to finish tenth overall. The lightweight women’s double of Jennifer Casson (Kingston Rowing Club) and Jill Moffatt (Western University) crossed the line sixth (6:59.72) to finish twelfth overall.
Two more Canadian crews will race in B finals, with Carling Zeeman (Sudbury Rowing Club) finishing fifth (7:38.28) and Trevor Jones (Peterborough Rowing Club) finishing sixth (7:06.18) in their respective A/B semifinals.
The Olympic rowing regatta concludes tomorrow, Friday July 30 Japan Standard Time (Thursday July 29 Pacific Time/Eastern Time), with Canada racing in the women’s eight A final and the men’s and women’s single B finals.
Team Canada Results and Progressions
Men’s Single – Trevor Jones
1st in Heat > 2nd in Quarterfinal > 6th in A/B Semifinal > B Final
Women’s Single – Carling Zeeman
2nd in Heat > 2nd in Quarterfinal > 5th in A/B Semifinal > B Final
Women’s Double – Jessica Sevick & Gabrielle Smith
2nd in Heat > 2nd in A/B Semifinal > 6th in A Final > 6th Place
Women’s Pair – Caileigh Filmer & Hillary Janssens
1st in Heat > 3rd in A/B Semifinal > 3rd in A Final > BRONZE
Men’s Pair – Kai Langerfeld & Conlin McCabe
3rd in Heat > 3rd in A/B Semifinal > 4th in A Final > 4th Place
Lightweight Women’s Double – Jennifer Casson & Jill Moffatt
2nd in Heat > 6th in A/B Semifinal > 6th in B Final > 12th Place
Lightweight Men’s Double – Patrick Keane & Maxwell Lattimer
3rd in Heat > 2nd in Repechage > 5th in A/B Semifinal > 4th in B Final > 10th Place
Women’s Four – Stephanie Grauer, Nicole Hare, Jennifer Martins & Kristina Walker
3rd in Heat > 4th in Repechage > 4th in B Final > 10th Place
Men’s Four – Jakub Buczek, Will Crothers, Luke Gadsdon & Gavin Stone
5th in Heat > 4th in Repechage > 2nd in B Final > 8th Place
Women’s Eight – Susanne Grainger, Kasia Gruchalla-Wesierski, Kristen Kit, Madison Mailey, Sydney Payne, Andrea Proske, Lisa Roman, Christine Roper & Avalon Wasteneys
2nd in Heat > 2nd in Repechage > A Final
More information on the Tokyo 2020 regatta and the 10 Canadian crews competing can be found here.
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For more information:
Colleen Coderre (Tokyo based)
RCA Communications Lead
Liz Montroy (Canada based)
RCA Communications and Events Coordinator