London olympics: Swarn Singh in men’s singles sculls quarterfinals

first_imgSwarn Singh Virk kept the Indian interest alive in the rowing competition of the London Olympics as he progressed to the quarter-finals of the men’s singles sculls after quelling a late challenge from his South Korean rival in the repechage round on Sunday. In the men’s lightweight double sculls event, the Indian duo of Sandeep Kumar and Manjeet Singh finished fourth in the heats. They will compete in the repechage round on Tuesday.Swarn, who had to compete in the repechage round after finishing fourth in the heats on Saturday, took 7:00.49 to complete the 2-km distance at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre.The 23-year-old from Punjab had clocked 6:54.04 in the heats on Saturday.South Korean Kim Dongyong, who clocked 7:03.91 to finish second, also made it to the quarter-finals which will be held on Tuesday.Swarn led the five-rower race from the start itself and only Kim gave him competition while the others fell behind. At the 500m mark, Swarn was leading by half-a-boat and he stretched it to a lead of a boat by the halfway mark, which he maintained till the 1500m mark.In the last 500m, Kim made a last-ditch effort to catch up with Swarn, but the Indian not only held off the challenge but also stretched the lead to win the race by one-and-a-half boat.In the men’s lightweight double sculls event, however, the Indians had to fight with Egypt to avoid finishing last in the five-team field.They were fourth in the first 500m, fifth in the 1000m and 1500m mark and then made a late surge to finish fourth in in 6:56.60 in the 2km race.advertisementThe Italian team won the race in 6:35.72 while Portugal(6:37.91) and Canada(6:42.59) were second and third respectively.last_img

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