Australian women take silver at Olympics rowing regatta

4 August 2012

Eton Dorney, the venue for the London 2012 rowing. [Image: London 2012]
Eton Dorney, the venue for the London 2012 rowing. [Image: London 2012]

Sydney University Women's Rowing Club representative Brooke Pratley teamed up with Melbourne's Kim Crow to win silver in the women's double scull at the London Olympics rowing regatta on Friday.

The Australian pair finished just over a boat length behind a British crew containing Anna Watkins and 36-year-old Katherine Grainger, who won a gold medal in her home Olympics after taking silver at the three previous summer games. Poland took the bronze medal.

"I'm very proud. We did our best," said Pratley, who did not take up rowing until she was 21 in her final year of studying at the University of Sydney.

"We couldn't go any harder," she told the ABC. "The British girls did a great job."

The former Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship holder and physiotherapy student had been battling a rib injury to be fit for London but returned to competition at the Munich world cup regatta in June, winning silver.

Her crewmate Crow, who skippered the University of Melbourne women's eight in the 2011 Australian Boat Race against the University of Sydney, now prepares for the final of the single sculls on the last day of the Olympic regatta on Saturday.

More than 30 students, graduates and other members of the University of Sydney community are competing at the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics. Pratley's success follows two medals for University of Sydney Olympians on Thursday: a silver for first-year student Jess Fox in the kayak slalom, and a track cycling bronze for alumna Kaarle McCulloch.

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