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Popa Earns Gold Medal In Women’s Four

Jul 27, 2021

TOKYO, Japan – Rosemary Popa led Australia to a Gold medal in the women's four on Wednesday morning in Tokyo.
Popa, sitting in the second seat, helped Australia to a time of 6:15.37 as they were able to hold off the Netherlands to win the race and claim a Gold medal. The Australians recorded an Olympic best time as they jumped out to an early lead, holding the edge at each 500m interval and hanging on to claim the victory. Popa's gold medal is the first gold medal finish for a Bear at the 2020 Olympics.
Fellow Bear, Rowan McKellar took fourth place in the women's four final as Great Britain finished in 6:21.52, missing out on the medal stand by just over a second as Ireland finished in 6:20.46.
Kendall Chase also competed in the women's four as she led the United States to a victory in the B final in 6:33.56. The Americans finished seventh overall with the B final victory.
Sydney Payne sat in the seventh seed for Team Canada in the women's eight repechage as they took second in the race and advanced to the final. Canada crossed the line in 5:53.73. They will return to the water on Thursday for the final, which will take place at 6:05 p.m. PT.