Recent London 2012 News
Germain Chardin (and his partner Dorian Mortelette) was on pace for a chance at victory in London’s Rowing Pairs contest. But a pair of Kiwis (New Zealand) smashed past the French duo, leaving Germain with a solid second place finish in Windsor.
Alessio Sartori and Romano Battisti weren’t supposed to be in London. Or so thought Italy’s Rowing Federation. Neither were they supposed to emerge with a second place finish in the Men’s Pair Rowing Finals – behind New Zealand – after seriously challenging for the victory in the last 500 meters of the race. But poetic justice won out, as the “odd couple,” comprised of a 35-year-old veteran and his 10-years-younger partner, grabbed hardware for their country with an inspiring performance at the Summer Games.
The Aussies seemingly came out of nowhere. Sarah Tait (and her partner Kate Hornesy) roared from the fourth position to challenge for victory in the last 500m of the Women’s Pair Final Wednesday, grabbing a stunning second place finish at Eton Dorney behind host Great Britain. “It is so exciting,” said Tait. “It’s such a happier moment not having to row away from the podium under the bridge and warm down after the final.”