No Contest: Mirka Knapkova of the Czech Republic Dominates Women’s Single Skulls
The Czech Republic’s Mirka Knapkova entered the Women’s Single Sculls competition in London as the World Champion and she proved from the get-go why she deserves that title. The female rowing sensation rowed the quickest time in qualifying and utterly dominated the field in the finals. In the final race, Knapkova jumped out to an early lead of one half-length after 500m. Halfway through the row, the Czech had extended that lead to a full boat length. As she neared the finish line, it was apparent that she had the top position in the bag. She eased up, gliding to a comfortable 3-second victory.
Australia’s Kim Crow and Denmark’s Fie Udby Erichsen were in the most dramatic battle of the final race for second and third place. Crow’s time of 7:58.72 fell just short of the Erichsen’s 7:57.72 as the Aussie took third.
“I was doing absolutely everything I could to get my bow in front, but [Knapkova] did a fantastic job,” Crow said.
By her performance in the water and her competitor’s sentiments afterwards, it was evident that Knapkova is a truly overpowering rower and earned every bit of her top billing in London.