Sculler Hannah Scott prepares for draft waters
Hannah Scott said missing the automatic qualification for the Olympic final could help her crew in the long run as they begin their campaign in Tokyo.
Rower Coleraine, joined by Lucy Glover and Charlotte and Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne in the women’s quad, finished third in her heat, 1.44 seconds from the top two spots they coveted.
Scott is now considering a decisive draft to reach the final through the back door, but believes another run can help him adjust to the tough conditions on Sea Forest Waterway.
“There’s a lot going on there, the wind, the heat, the rough water,” said Scott, who is able to train full time and benefit from facilities, technologies, ‘World-class coaching and support teams through National Lottery funding – which has never been more important to get him to the starting line after a hectic year.
“It’s also salty, which changes the feel. There are a lot of different factors for us, but nothing that we cannot adapt to.
“The more races you have on the course, due to the varying conditions it will be good to feel them over and over again.”
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The quad is the second youngest crew at the Games in its class and all four are making their Olympic debuts, Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne being the lone survivor of the 2019 season.
In a heat with defending Olympic champions Germany and the 2017 world champions Netherlands, they held on, with Scott in the front seat.
They excelled in the first 1000m of the race and were in a web of the Germans, who led the entire race, and appeared to have tripped over the Dutch midway through.
They couldn’t quite revamp them to get the top two that would have sent them straight to Wednesday’s A final, where medals will be awarded.
But third means they live to fight another day, one of six crews alongside Italy, New Zealand, Australia, the United States and France to compete for the two places remaining Sunday morning.
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Scott, whose National Lottery funding not only supports our elite athletes but is also vital to community sport across the UK, said: “We knew what to expect from this heat. It was a tough draw, but we were in the mix, in the air combat, and unfortunately we didn’t take the bright side.
“It doesn’t mean that a lesson hasn’t been learned. Hopefully we can do it the right way to move forward.
“I’m not mad about it, we’ll just keep walking on it. There is enough time between races for us to be able to turn things around and get it right.
“We don’t need to change a lot, just keep improving and there’s a lot of time to be gained.
“It was good to finish the first race and let off steam. We have learned a lot from this race and hope to be able to offer something better on Sunday. ”
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