Canadian women’s eight captures rowing gold at Tokyo Olympics

Canadian women's eight captures rowing gold at Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO—The Canadian women’s eight rowing crew has captured gold at the Tokyo Olympics.

They crossed the line first in Friday’s final with a time of five minutes 59.13 seconds at Sea Forest Waterway.

It’s Canada’s first gold in the event since the 1992 Barcelona Games, the first women’s gold at the Olympics since 1996, and the program’s first podium-topping performance since 2008.

New Zealand grabbed silver, while China took bronze.

“We had some really tight races,” said Lisa Roman of Langley, B.C. “We built up every race. We decided today was going to be the best race. We knew if we laid down our best race we could probably win the gold medal.

Canada will leave the Tokyo Olympics with two rowing medals, after Victoria’s Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens of Surrey, B.C., secured bronze in Thursday’s women’s pair.

The double-podium performance comes after Canada won just one medal — in the lightweight women’s double sculls — at the Rio Games five years ago.

“It’s huge,” Roman added. “We’ve worked so hard. I’m so grateful I got to be a part of this … It’s wonderful.”

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