TOKYO, July 28 (Reuters) – The first two rowing medal races of the Tokyo Games were a thrill on Wednesday as Romanians Ancuta Bodnar and Simona Radis won gold in the women’s couple’s pair while the Frenchman Hugo Boucheron and Matthieu Androdias triumphed in the men’s event, both with the best Olympic times.
As the Olympic rowing continued after a two-day hiatus at Tokyo’s Sea Forest Waterway, New Zealand’s Brooke Donoghue and Hannah Osborne clinched silver in the women’s event and Dutch Roos de Jong and Lisa Scheenaard won. won bronze.
Meanwhile, Melvin Twellaar and Stef Broenink of the Netherlands took silver in the men’s competition, and China’s Liu Zhiyu and Zhang Liang took home the bronze medal.
Scheenaard and de Jong came out of the gate for the Netherlands, but the Romanian duo quickly caught up and halfway through they had the lead with more than three and a half seconds ahead, winning the first medal in rowing of the Tokyo Games in 6: 41.03.
A late break in the men’s race saw France take the win in 6: 00.33, beating stiff competition from the Chinese duo, who had taken a slim margin halfway through but ran out of steam, and the Netherlands , who lit the gas in the second half of the race but couldn’t match the speed of France.
Reporting by Amy Tennery in Tokyo; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell
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