Victory at Long Last for Team GB in the Women’s Double Sculls; Australia Takes Second
The energy at Eton Dorney reached an all time high today when local favorites Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins stormed their way to a first place finish in the women’s double sculls race.
For Katherine in particular, it was a moment she’d been chasing for 16 years. For the pair, it was the perfect way to continue their two-year winning streak and top-off the two world titles they’ve won together.
Right from the start Team GB was off to an early lead and it was one they would never relinquish. Australians Kim Crow and Brooke Pratley, competing in just their second international regatta together, maintained a solid second position throughout the race. The Polish team would come in third several boat length behind the Aussies.
“I feel this [result] of all of them is the people’s,” said Katherine after the race. “I feel so many people have been behind me and supported me and wanted this for me as much as I have…Every single person’s been a part of this and it makes the [result] seem so much more special.”
For Anna, the reality of success had not yet settled in. “I just can’t believe it,” she exclaimed. “I had to ask Katherine if it was a dream because I’d tried to keep my mind away from this moment. It just doesn’t seem real.”
Congrats to both Team GB and the Team Australia on a well fought race.