Hansen Wins Second Straight Silver Medal At Paralympic Games
Former Washington rower Danielle Hansen '17 won her second Paralympics silver medal Saturday, helping lead her PR3 mixed four with coxswain to a second-place finish on the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo.
Hansen, who also won silver in the same event in Rio in 2016, and her U.S. teammates finished in second place behind Great Britain. France won the bronze medal.
The U.S. crew came off the starting dock in first place for the first few hundred meters, giving the Brits a stiff challenge. However, Great Britain had taken the lead by 500 meters, crossing that marker with about a deck-length lead over the Americans.
In the second 500, the British four took over, reaching an open-water lead before the 1,000-meter mark. In the meantime, the U.S. crew was a clear second, well ahead of France, which was running third.
The Brits, who have won gold at 10 straight Paralympics and World Championships regattas, won with a time of 7:09.08. The Americans' time was 7:20.13 and France finished in 7:27.04.
The Americans won their seventh straight silver medal in Paralympic and World Championships Regattas, with Hansen the only member of all seven of those crews, and in both Paralympics entries.