Zeeman wins silver in Rowing World Cup in Switzerland

Carling Zeeman (Paul Wright, Canadian Olympic Committee)

Carling Zeeman of Hamilton, Ontario won a silver medal in a women’s World Cup single sculls rowing competition in Lucerne, Switzerland on Sunday. It was Zeeman’s second career World Cup medal in the women’s single sculls and third career World Cup medal overall.

Zeeman posted a second place time of seven minutes, 27.53 seconds in Lucerne. She earned a podium spot by 1.64 seconds as Felice Mueller of the United States finished in fourth place with a time of 7:29.17.

Jeannine Gmelin of Switzerland won the gold medal with a time of 7:25.22. Reigning European champion Magdalena Lobnig of Austria won the bronze medal with a time of 7:29.08.

Zeeman’s only other World Cup medal in the women’s single sculls came in Varese, Italy on April 17, 2016 when she won the gold medal. Zeeman also won a silver medal in the women’s quadruple sculls in a World Cup race in Lucerne in 2014.

Zeeman’s silver medal was one of two medals won by Team Canada at the World Cup of rowing competition in Lucerne. Hillary Janssens of Cloverdale, British Columbia, Susanne Grainger of London, Ontario, Christine Roper of Victoria, British Columbia and Nicole Hare of Calgary, Alberta won a bronze medal in the women’s fours.

The Canadian team posted a third place time of 6:40.86, and reached the podium comfortably as they were 2.89 seconds faster than the Netherlands who were in fourth place with a time of 6:43.75. Australia won the gold medal with a time of 6:35.82. Russia won the silver medal with a time of 6:40.77.

Women’s coxless fours rowing will be making its return on the Olympic stage at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The only other time women’s coxless fours were part of the Olympic program was at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.  That year Canada struck gold as Kirsten Barnes of Victoria, British Columbia, Jessica Monroe of Burnaby, British Columbia, Brenda Taylor of Nanaimo, British Columbia and Kay Worthington of Toronto, Ontario beat the United States by 1.01 seconds in the A Final.

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