Our Margot Shumway certainly fought the good fight this morning in the first heat of the women’s single sculls at World Championships in Poland. Margot, stroke of the U.S. womenâ€™s quad at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, sat in third place for the first 1,000 meters before eventually slipping back to sixth.
Lucerne gold-medalist Mirka Knapkova of the Czech Republic won the heat with a time of 7:33.07, followed by three-time Olympic medalist Katherine Granger of Great Britain with a time of 7:36.59. Margot finished with a time of 7:46.69, and will race in the repechages on Tuesday, August 25.
In other Team USA rowing news, the U.S. womenâ€™s pair, menâ€™s pair with coxswain and lightweight menâ€™s eight finished first in their heats, while the womenâ€™s double sculls and the menâ€™s pair crews finished second to advance. Eleven U.S. crews will race tomorrow, Monday, August 24.
To catch live coverage of tomorrow’s races, and Margot in the reps on Tuesday (6:30 AM, Eastern), click here.Â Get special coverage provided by Margot’s mom Julia, on the scene in Poznan, by visiting her blog here.Â Finals (August 29-30) will be streamed here.
Our continued best to Margot and the rest of the team!