Day 5 Results at the 2017 World Rowing Championships

With the US lightweight women sitting in 6 place in a tight field at 500 meters, it looked like it was going to be a tight test of wills.

“I heard the crowd roar and the chants of USA, USA,”Michelle Sechser said, “and I’ll tell you, that’s something else.”

“I could start to hear the roar just before the red buoy line,”Emily Schmieg said. “I was a little bit in the pain cave and then to just hear this U.S.A, chant – it’s almost like you don’t want the race to end.”

Besides Sechser and Schmieg, three other US crews earned places in the medal races including lightweight women’s single sculler Mary Jones, and the men’s and women’s eights, both of which raced in repechages.

The men’s eight won their race, edging New Zealand out of the lead in the second 500 meters and holding the rest of the way. The women’s eight finished second in a close battle with Canada. Both crews will race in the Sunday finals.

Mary Jones will get her crack at the podium Friday, the first day of medal races, along with the US mixed para double of Natalie McCarthy and Russell Gernaat. The mixed para double raced in a heat to determine lane placement for the final, finishing fifth.

Three other US crews raced in semifinals Thursday but did not qualify, including lightweight men’s single sculler Nick Trojan, the men’s pair, and the men’s four. Trojan won his spot in the semifinal Wednesday, but could not repeat the result Thursday, finishing fifth in the semi; he will race in the B Final.

For more of the story behind these stories, visit Row2K.com.

Results for Day 5 can be found on WorldRowing.

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