Sneak Peaking: Australia’s Sarah Tait Roars From Behind for Women’s Pair Rowing Second in London


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.”

The Australian duo smashed into the 500m mark out of podium position. But midway point in the final stretch saw the pair power into the spot between the British and the World Champion New Zealand team.

“Coming through the 1500 in fourth we really fought hard to get that third place, an din the last couple of strokes, we popped out in second, which is unbelievable for us.”

Even more unbelievable was the first thing Sarah saw as she powered through her final strokes: her child.

‘‘It’s amazing. How you can spot a two-year-old [among all those faces]?”

Born a year after the Beijing Summer Games, Leila, her daughter, has been nothing but a good luck charm for the mother-athlete.

And with her husband also by her side in London, who happens to be her coach, it’s all smiles for the Tait family…that is, after the event ended.

‘‘He [her husband] told me he hated every second of the race.”


Andrew De Lara


August 02, 2012