Rowing at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's lightweight double sculls

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Women's lightweight double sculls competition at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was held between August 10 and 17 at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park.

This rowing event is a double sculls event, meaning that each boat is propelled by a pair of rowers. The "scull" portion means that the rower uses two oars, one on each side of the boat; this contrasts with sweep rowing in which each rower has one oar and rows on only one side. As a lightweight rowing competition, the body mass of the rowers was limited to a maximum of 59 kilograms each and 57 kilograms on average.

The competition consisted of multiple rounds. Finals were held to determine the placing of each boat; these finals were given letters with those nearer to the beginning of the alphabet meaning a better ranking. Semifinals were named based on which finals they fed, with each semifinal having two possible finals.

During the first round three heats were held. The top two boats in each heat advanced to the A/B semifinals, with the rest going to the repechage. The repechage heats gave rowers another chance at the top semifinals, as the best three boats in each of the two repechage heats also moved on to the A/B semifinals. The remaining boats went from the repechage to the C final.

Only A/B semifinals were held. For each of the two semifinal races, the top three boats moved on to the better of the two finals (the A final), while the bottom three boats went to the lesser of the two finals (the B final).

The third and final round was the Finals. Each final determined a set of rankings. The A final determined the medals, along with the rest of the places through 6th. The B final gave rankings from 7th to 12th. The C final gave the rest of the rankings, down to 17th place of the 17 boats competing.

Schedule[edit]

All times are China Standard Time (UTC+8)

Date Time Round
Sunday, August 10, 2008 14:50-15:20 Heats
Tuesday, August 12, 2008 16:00-16:20 Repechages
Friday, August 15, 2008 15:30-15:50 Semifinals A/B
Saturday, August 16, 2008 14:10-14:20 Final C
Saturday, August 16, 2008 14:30-14:40 Final B
Sunday, August 17, 2008 15:30-15:40 Final A

Medalists[edit]

Gold  Kirsten van der Kolk & Marit van Eupen
Netherlands (NED)
Silver  Sanna Stén & Minna Nieminen
Finland (FIN)
Bronze  Melanie Kok & Tracy Cameron
Canada (CAN)

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Qualification Rules: 1-2->SA/B, 3..->R

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Kirsten van der Kolk, Marit van Eupen Netherlands 6:50.90 SA/B
2 Amber Halliday, Marguerite Houston Australia 6:53.23 SA/B
3 Renee Hykel, Jennifer Goldsack United States 6:53.32 R
4 Gabriela Huerta, Lila Perez Rul Mexico 7:11.71 R
5 Camila Carvalho, Luciana Granato Brazil 7:25.90 R
6 Natalya Voronova, Alexandra Opachanova Kazakhstan 7:29.07 R

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Berit Carow, Marie-Louise Draeger Germany 6:51.96 SA/B
2 Melanie Kok, Tracy Cameron Canada 6:54.07 SA/B
3 Hester Goodsell, Helen Casey Great Britain 6:55.23 R
4 Sanna Stén, Minna Nieminen Finland 6:56.61 R
5 Chrysi Biskitzi, Alexandra Tsiavou Greece 7:05.95 R
6 Alex White, Kirsten McCann South Africa 7:20.51 R

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Xu Dongxiang, Chen Haixia China 6:57.58 SA/B
2 Katrin Olsen, Juliane Rasmussen Denmark 6:58.63 SA/B
3 Misaki Kumakura, Akiko Iwamoto Japan 7:05.67 R
4 Yaima Velazquez, Ismaray Marrero Cuba 7:13.35 R
5 Ko Young-Eun, Ji Yoo-Jin South Korea 7:39.70 R

Repechages[edit]

Qualification Rules: 1-3->SA/B, 4..->FC

Repechage 1[edit]

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Renee Hykel, Jennifer Goldsack United States 7:22.22 SA/B
2 Sanna Stén, Minna Nieminen Finland 7:23.80 SA/B
3 Misaki Kumakura, Akiko Iwamoto Japan 7:30.92 SA/B
4 Alex White, Kirsten McCann South Africa 7:48.04 FC
5 Natalya Voronova, Alexandra Opachanova Kazakhstan 7:54.12 FC
6 Ko Young-Eun, Ji Yoo-Jin South Korea 8:03.51 FC

Repechage 2[edit]

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Hester Goodsell, Helen Casey Great Britain 7:24.27 SA/B
2 Chrysi Biskitzi, Alexandra Tsiavou Greece 7:24.55 SA/B
3 Yaima Velazquez, Ismaray Marrero Cuba 7:32.14 SA/B
4 Gabriela Huerta, Lila Perez Rul Mexico 7:41.97 FC
5 Camila Carvalho, Luciana Granato Brazil 7:47.53 FC

Semifinals A/B[edit]

Qualification Rules: 1-3->FA, 4..->FB

Semifinal A/B 1[edit]

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Kirsten van der Kolk, Marit van Eupen Netherlands 7:03.87 FA
2 Sanna Stén, Minna Nieminen Finland 7:03.91 FA
3 Berit Carow, Marie-Louise Draeger Germany 7:04.95 FA
4 Katrin Olsen, Juliane Rasmussen Denmark 7:06.31 FB
5 Hester Goodsell, Helen Casey Great Britain 7:17.67 FB
6 Yaima Velazquez, Ismaray Marrero Cuba 7:30.15 FB

Semifinal A/B 2[edit]

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Melanie Kok, Tracy Cameron Canada 7:10.70 FA
2 Xu Dongxiang, Chen Haixia China 7:11.59 FA
3 Chrysi Biskitzi, Alexandra Tsiavou Greece 7:11.99 FA
4 Renee Hykel, Jennifer Goldsack United States 7:12.15 FB
5 Amber Halliday, Marguerite Houston Australia 7:13.80 FB
6 Misaki Kumakura, Akiko Iwamoto Japan 7:16.13 FB

Finals[edit]

Final C[edit]

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Gabriela Huerta, Lila Perez Rul Mexico 7:17.21
2 Alex White, Kirsten McCann South Africa 7:20.49
3 Camila Carvalho, Luciana Granato Brazil 7:22.40
4 Natalya Voronova, Alexandra Opachanova Kazakhstan 7:32.36
5 Ko Young-Eun, Ji Yoo-Jin South Korea 7:39.46

Final B[edit]

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Katrin Olsen, Juliane Rasmussen Denmark 7:06.94
2 Amber Halliday, Marguerite Houston Australia 7:07.17
3 Misaki Kumakura, Akiko Iwamoto Japan 7:08.49
4 Renee Hykel, Jennifer Goldsack United States 7:09.02
5 Hester Goodsell, Helen Casey Great Britain 7:11.24
6 Yaima Velazquez, Ismaray Marrero Cuba 7:20.07

Final A[edit]

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
Gold medal icon.svg Kirsten van der Kolk, Marit van Eupen Netherlands 6:54.74
Silver medal icon.svg Sanna Stén, Minna Nieminen Finland 6:56.03
Bronze medal icon.svg Melanie Kok, Tracy Cameron Canada 6:56.68
4 Berit Carow, Marie-Louise Draeger Germany 6:56.72
5 Xu Dongxiang, Chen Haixia China 7:01.90
6 Chrysi Biskitzi, Alexandra Tsiavou Greece 7:04.61

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