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Payne Takes Gold In Women's Eight

Jul 29, 2021

TOKYO – Sydney Payne helped the Canadian women's eight team row to the gold medal in the final event at the Olympic Games Regatta on Friday morning in Tokyo.

Payne and Canada led the race from start to finish, holding off a late charge from New Zealand to take the win in 5:59.13. The Kiwis took silver with a time of 6:00.04 and China earned bronze behind a time of 6:01.21.

It's the second gold medal of the 2020 Tokyo Games for former Cal Women's rowers after Rosemary Popa and Australia took the win in the women's four on Wednesday. Former Bears won four combined medals on the men's and women's sides.

  • Sydney Payne (Canada) – Gold, Women's Eight
  • Rosemary Popa (Australia) – Gold, Women's Four
  • Joachim Sutton (Denmark) – Bronze, Men's Pair
  • Jack Cleary (Great Britain) – Bronze, Men's Quadruple Sculls

In other final action on Sea Forest Waterway, three Bears finished fourth, fifth and sixth in the men's eight race. Julian Venonsky, the coxswain for the United States team, finished just off the podium in fourth. Maarten Hurkmans and The Netherlands were fifth, while Angus Dawson and Australia took sixth.

Gennaro di Mauro (Italy) finished second in the men's single sculls B final to take eighth overall and Kara Kohler (United States) took third in the women's single sculls B final for a ninth-place finish overall.   

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