Kalmoe helps U.S. row into finals

  • Updated: July 31, 2012 - 2:01 AM

Megan Kalmoe of St. Croix Falls, Wis., will join 3 teammates to compete for a medal Wednesday.

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Megan Kalmoe, second from right, with other members of the U.S. rowing team, is focused intently on her goal of winning an Olympic gold medal.

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LONDON - On a windy day at Eton Dorney, rower Megan Kalmoe and her U.S. teammates finished second in the repechage of the women's quad sculls to advance to Wednesday's finals.

Kalmoe, of St. Croix Falls, Wis., joined teammates Adrienne Martelli, Natalie Dell and Kara Kohler in the six-boat repechage. Germany and Ukraine, winners of Saturday's two preliminary heats, automatically earned places in the final, while the other six boats battled it out in the repechage for the four remaining spots.

Australia won in a time of 6:18.80, with the U.S. second in 6:19.80. Great Britain and China also made the final.

"We would have liked to have had a better finish,'' Dell said. "But we've got one more race to figure it out. And fortunately, that's the one that matters.''

Kalmoe, Dell and Martelli finished second to the Germans in last year's world championships. Germany and Ukraine are favorites to medal, with the U.S. also considered a contender.

RACHEL BLOUNT

Aussies, Brits battle

Australia threw down the challenge to archrival Britain in the men's four at the Olympic rowing regatta Monday, setting one of two Olympic-best times on a final day of heat racing.

Australia made a bigger impression by winning the first heat in 5 minutes 47.06 seconds behind a slight tailwind. That broke Germany's Olympic-best time from Athens by 1.46 seconds.

Earlier, Britain's Katherine Grainger's quest for an elusive Olympic gold got off to a perfect start when she broke the Olympic best in the women's double sculls with partner Anna Watkins in the first heat.

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