Victoria athletes help Canadian women claim medals at World Rowing Cup

Victoria athletes help Canadian women claim medals at World Rowing Cup

File photo of Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens

File photo of  Hillary Janssens (left) and Caileigh Filmer (right)

Lucerne, Switzerland  — Canadian women came away with four medals on the final day of competition at the rowing World Cup on Sunday while a Canadian men’s duo finished just off the podium.

Victoria’s Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens of Cloverdale, B.C. started the women’s success with a silver in the pair final.

The Canadians completed the 2,000-metre race in seven minutes 7.630 seconds. New Zealand’s Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler won in 7:07.200 and the Kristine O’Brien and Felice Mueller of the United States finished third in 7:17.790.

“It just felt really close the whole way with the New Zealand boat,” said Janssens. “It was great to race them and we can see why they’re the world best time holders and reigning world champions. It’ll be fun to continue racing them and see where the season takes us.”

Later, Montreal’s Gabrielle Smith and Andrea Proske of Victoria were second to New Zealand in the women’s double sculls final in 6:52.800. Booke Donoghue and Olivia Loe had a winning time of 6:50.120.

Canada also took silver in the women’s eight, again falling short of a New Zealand squad, and Carling Zeeman of Cambridge, Ont., rounded out the women’s medals with bronze in single sculls behind Switzerland’s Jeannine Gmelin and Ireland’s Sanita Puspure.

Patrick Keane and Maxwell Lattimer were fourth in the men’s lightweight doubles. The Irish pair of Gary O’Donovan and Paul O’Donovan took gold.

Canadian pairs Jill Moffatt and Jennifer Casson, and Katherine Haber and Ellen Gleadow, placed fifth and sixth respectively in the lightweight women’s double sculls won by Poland.

The Canadian men’s eight team was sixth in their race won by Germany.

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