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Womens' Quadruple Scull (W4X)

2004 Athens Olympic Games

August 14-22, 2004
Schinias Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Centre

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News

The IOC announced that Olena Olefirenko, Ukraine, tested positive for Ethamivan, a prohibited stimulant, after placing third in the Women's quadruple sculls event. The Ukraine crew was disqualified from this event and their bronze medals withdrawn.

Preview

Australia's gold medalist from last year face a daunting challenge from a bolstered German quad that seems to know nothing but gold. Germany has made big moves to improve on her uncharacteristic 3rd place in 2003. Boron of Germany has forsaken her 2nd place finish in last year's double sculls and adds her history of 11 gold medals to this year's quad for Germany. Not to be overlooked is Belarus with two changes to her boat. Russia's biggest medal hope for these Games rests with her quad, 3rd last year, but her 2004 fortunes are difficult to assess due to Russia's significant makeover line-up with 3 of the 4 seats changing this year. Great Britain's 4th place quad from last year returns intact hoping to pass the reconstituted quad from Belarus for bronze or better.

Final A Pre-Race Analysis

Australia's defending gold medalists from last year have run third in both their heat behind Germany and Estonia, and their Repechage behind Russia and the Ukraine, and do not appear likely to repeat for the Gold medal in Athens. The favorites for the gold now look like Germany and Great Britain, with the edge to Germany for the following reasons. Great Britain and Germany's splits for the first three 500 meter intervals in their respective heats (which each won) were always within virtually a second or less of each other. So do not expect big moves by either against the other until they pass the 1000 meter mark. Though Great Britain's 1500 meter time in her heat is faster than Germany's, Russia was pressing Great Britain (in fact led Great Britain at the first 500 meter interval mark), and Germany led wire to wire in its heat, and enjoyed a comfortable 2.5 second lead over the USA at the halfway mark. That, couple with Germany's addition of Boron to the German quad this year gives a slight edge to Germany for the gold, with a silver for Great Britain. The scramble will then be on for the bronze between Russia, Ukraine, Australia and the United States. In their repechage, all racing each other, they finished in that order, but the first three (RUS, UKR and AUS) finished within 1.5 seconds of each other, but give the nod to Russia which led in that repechage race wire to wire.

Previews and other commentary are © Copyright 2004. Kent Mitchell. All rights reserved.

Results

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(UKR was disqualified in Final A)

Biographies

GERMANY  
Kathrin Boron 1989 4x 1st
    1990 2x 1st
    1991 2x 1st
    1992 2x 1st
    1993 2x 2nd
    1994 1x 2nd
    1995 1x 4th
    1996 4x 1st
    1997 2x 1st
    1997 4x 1st
    1998 4x 1st
    1999 2x 1st
    2000 2x 1st
    2001 2x 1st
    2003 2x 2nd
Mieke Evers 1996 1x 13th
    1999 4x 1st
Manuela Lutze 1996 2x 5th
    1997 4x 1st
    1998 4x 1st
    1999 4x 1st
    2000 4x 1st
    2001 4x 1st
    2002 4x 1st
    2003 4x 3rd
Kerstin El Qualqili (Kowalski) 1999 4x 1st
    2000 4x 1st
    2001 2x 1st
    2002 4x 1st
    2003 4x 3rd
UKRAINE Back ^
Olena Ronzhyna 1993 8+ 7th
  (Morozova ?) 1994 4x 3rd
    1995 4x 10th
    1996 4x 2nd
    1997 4x 3rd
    1998 4x 7th
    1999 4x 2nd
    2000 4x 4th
    2002 4x 6th
    2003 4x 5th
Yana Dementyeva 2003 4x 5th
Elena Olefirenko 2003 4x 5th
Tetyana Kolesnikov 1995 8+ 11th
    1997 2x 10th
    1999 2x Rep(elim)
    2001 4x 6th
    2002 4x 6th
    2003 4x 5th
BELARUS Back ^
Maryia Brel 2001 8+ 5th
Tatsiana Marelik 2001 8+ 5th
Volha Berazniova 1998 2x 12th
    1999 4x 8th
    2001 2x 3rd
    2002 4x 3rd
    2003 4x 2nd
Maryia Varona 2000 8+ 4th
    2001 8+ 5th
    2002 4x 3rd
    2003 4x 2nd
AUSTRALIA Back ^
Rebecca Sattin 2001 8+ 1st
    2002 8+ 2nd
    2003 8+ 4th
Dana Faletic 2001 2x 8th
    2002 4x 4th
    2003 4x 1st
Kerry Hore 2003 4x 1st
Amber Bradley 1999 4x 11th
    2001 4x 3rd
    2002 4x 4th
    2003 4x 1st
GREAT BRITAIN Back ^
Alison Mowbray 1998 4x 11th
    1999 1x 11th
    2000 1x 10th
    2001 4x 5th
    2002 4x 5th
    2003 4x 4th
Deborah Flood 2001 2x 7th
    2002 2x 4th
    2003 2x 4th
Frances Houghton 2000 2x 9th
    2001 2x 7th
    2002 2x 4th
    2003 4x 4th
Rebecca Romero 2002 4x 5th
    2003 2x 4th
UNITED STATES Back ^
Michelle Gurette 2001 4- 4th
    2003 8+ 5th
Hilary Gehman 1999 4x 4th
    2000 4x 5th
    2001 4x 3rd
    2002 4x 7th
    2003 4x 6th
Kelly Salchow 2002 4x 8th
    2003 4x 6th
Danika Haris-Holbrook 2002 4x 7th
    2003 4x 6th
DENMARK Back ^
Dorothe Pedersen 2002 4x 3rd
    2003 4x 7th
Sara Lauritzen 2001 2x 10th
    2002 4x 3rd
    2003 4x 7th
Christina Rindom 2001 2x 10th
    2003 4x 7th
Majbrit Nielsen 2002 4x 3rd
    2003 4x 7th
RUSSIA Back ^
Larisa Merk 1995 4x 6th
    1996 4x 7th
    1997 4x 4th
    1998 4x 2nd
    1999 4x 3rd
    2000 4x 3rd
    2001 2x 4th
    2002 2x 2nd
    2003 2x 3rd
Yulya Levina 1997 1x 8th
    1998 4x 2nd
    1999 4x 3rd
    2000 4x 3rd
    2001 1x 2nd
    2002 1x 6th
    2003 1x 6th
Oksana Dorodnova 1993 4x 5th
    1994 4x 5th
    1995 2x 1st
    1996 4x 7th
    1997 4x 7th
    1998 4x 2nd
    1999 4x 3rd
    2000 4x 3rd
    2003 4x 8th
Anna Sergeyeva 1997 8+ 7th
    1998 8+ 10th
    2002 4x 9th

 

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