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Canada advances to Olympic qualification final in rowing

The Canadian Press

5/21/2012 12:46:12 PM

LUCERNE, Switzerland -- Natalie Mastracci of Thorold, Ont., and Larissa Lagzdins of Burlington, Ont., advanced to the final of the Olympic qualification regatta with a win in the women's pair repechage on Monday.

Canada overtook Belarus to win the rep in 7:08.74 over 2,000 metres. Belarus also advanced with a time of 7:10.85.

The top two boats from Tuesday's final will earn berths to the London Olympics. The women's pair is the final boat that Canada is attempting to qualify for the 2012 Games.

"There are going to be six desperate crews lined up for tomorrow's final and our women will have to give it their all to finish in the top two and book a ticket to London," said Rowing Canada official Peter Cookson in a statement.