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Canada's women's four win gold at U23 rowing worlds

The Canadian Press

7/14/2012 12:30:22 PM

TRAKAI, Lithuania -- Canada's women's four opened Saturday's competition at the under-23 world rowing championships with a gold medal victory.

The Canadian crew of Christine Roper, Susanne Grainger, Cheryl Copson and Antje Von Seydlitz-Kurzbach won in seven minutes 11.24 seconds.

Australia took silver in 7:15.38, and Russia was third in 7:16.61.

Earlier, Laurentian University student Carling Zeeman won her semifinal in the women's single in 8:37.30. Britain's Rachel Gamble-Flint was second, followed by Latvia to qualify for Sunday's A final.

Canada's lightweight women's double also advanced, with Elizabeth Fenje and Erin Snelgrove finishing third in the semi with a time of 7:54.88. Germany won in 07:48.96, followed by New Zealand (07:53.40).

The men's four finished third in the B final, or ninth overall, while the light men's four was fifth in the semi to advance to Sunday's B final for places seven to 12.

The lightweight men's double of Dylan Harris and Mark Henry also moved to a B final after a fifth-place finish.

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