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

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Women's double sculls competition at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was held between August 9 and 16 at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park.

This rowing event is a double scull event, meaning that each boat is propelled by a pair of rowers. The "scull" portion means that each 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. The competition consists 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.

During the first round two heats were held. The top boat in each heat advanced directly to the A final, with all others going to the repechage. The two repechage heats filled out the rest of the finals, with the best two boats in each repechage heat advancing to the A final and the remaining two boats in each repechage going to the B final.

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 the rest of the rankings, through 10th place.

In the A Final, Georgina and Caroline Evers-Swindell of New Zealand defended their Double Sculls gold medal from the 2004 Summer Olympics in a highly competitive race which saw them beat the German crew by just 1/100th of a second (7:07.32 versus 7:07.33), and the third-placing British crew by just 0.23 seconds. This was the first time in Olympic history that the Women's Double Sculls title had been successfully defended. [1]

Schedule[edit]

All times are China Standard Time (UTC+8)

Date Time Round
Saturday, August 9, 2008 16:40-17:00 Heats
Monday, August 11, 2008 17:00-17:20 Repechages
Friday, August 15, 2008 17:30-17:40 Final B
Saturday, August 16, 2008 16:50-17:00 Final A

Medalists[edit]

Gold Gold Silver Silver Bronze Bronze
 Georgina Evers-Swindell
and Caroline Evers-Swindell (NZL)
 Annekatrin Thiele
and Christiane Huth (GER)
 Elise Laverick
and Anna Bebington (GBR)

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

  • Qualification Rules: 1->FA, 2..->R

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Georgina Evers-Swindell, Caroline Evers-Swindell  New Zealand 7:03.92 FA
2 Annekatrin Thiele, Christiane Huth  Germany 7:09.06 R
3 Megan Kalmoe, Ellen Tomek  United States 7:11.17 R
4 Ionelia Neacsu, Roxana Gabriela Cogianu  Romania 7:12.17 R
5 Kateryna Tarasenko, Yana Dementyeva  Ukraine 7:25.03 R

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Li Qin, Tian Liang  China 7:03.13 FA
2 Jitka Antošová, Gabriela Vařeková  Czech Republic 7:04.23 R
3 Elise Laverick, Anna Bebington  Great Britain 7:08.65 R
4 Catriona Sens, Sonia Mills  Australia 7:13.25 R
5 Laura Schiavone, Elisabetta Sancassani  Italy 7:30.25 R

Repechages[edit]

  • Qualification Rules: 1-2>FA, 3..->FB

Repechage 1[edit]

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Elise Laverick, Anna Bebington  Great Britain 6:54.92 FA
2 Annekatrin Thiele, Christiane Huth  Germany 6:55.96 FA
3 Ionelia Neacsu, Roxana Gabriela Cogianu  Romania 7:01.69 FB
4 Laura Schiavone, Elisabetta Sancassani  Italy 7:08.00 FB

Repechage 2[edit]

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Megan Kalmoe, Ellen Tomek  United States 6:58.84 FA
2 Jitka Antošová, Gabriela Vařeková  Czech Republic 7:00.75 FA
3 Catriona Sens, Sonia Mills  Australia 7:04.30 FB
4 Kateryna Tarasenko, Yana Dementyeva  Ukraine 7:06.77 FB

Final B[edit]

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Kateryna Tarasenko, Yana Dementyeva  Ukraine 7:17.82
2 Catriona Sens, Sonia Mills  Australia 7:19.73
3 Ionelia Neacsu, Roxana Gabriela Cogianu  Romania 7:20.99
4 Laura Schiavone, Elisabetta Sancassani  Italy 7:29.22

Final A[edit]

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
Gold medal icon.svg Georgina Evers-Swindell, Caroline Evers-Swindell  New Zealand 7:07.32
Silver medal icon.svg Annekatrin Thiele, Christiane Huth  Germany 7:07.33
Bronze medal icon.svg Elise Laverick, Anna Bebington  Great Britain 7:07.55
4 Li Qin, Tian Liang  China 7:15.85
5 Megan Kalmoe, Ellen Tomek  United States 7:17.53
6 Miroslava Knapková, Gabriela Vařeková  Czech Republic 7:25.09

References[edit]