Brooke Pratley (front) and Kim Crow.
Brooke Pratley (front) and Kim Crow. Getty Images Sport - Ezra Shaw

Rowers primed for gold chase

TWO months ago, Brooke Pratley's Olympic campaign looked in serious trouble.

Part of the women's double sculls crew - with Kim Crow - that qualified for the Games at last year's World Cup, Pratley was unable to row and unsure whether she would recover from a rib injury in time for London. So much so that Crow decided to enter the single sculls as well to ensure she would still have a shot at her Olympic dream.

Former track athlete Crow was scheduled to race in her semi-final of that event last night.

And tonight she will go for gold with the recovered Pratley. The pair was second-fastest qualifier in the double sculls behind the British crew of Anne Watkins and Katherine Grainger, who set a new Olympic record in the heats.

Also on the program at Eton Dorney tonight are the finals of the men's single sculls, men's pair and men's quad sculls. The men's quad sculls team of Dan Noonan, James McRae, Karsten Forsterling and Chris Morgan, the 2011 world champs, were the second-fastest qualifiers for the race tonight at 7.10.

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