Chinese rowers Zhang Liang and Liu Zhiyu qualify for Tokyo Olympics
The Chinese rowing team continued their recent success at the ongoing Rowing World Championships in Linz-Ottensheim in Austria on Friday.
Carrying forward their country’s Olympic qualification momentum, China's Zhang Liang and Liu Zhiyu stormed into the men’s double sculls final and also made the cut for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Earlier, Zhang and Liu started their semi-final race in lane 4, and went on to take the lead after 1,000 meters. The Chinese rowers continued to consolidate their advantage after another 500 meters. The duo held on to their lead and eventually cruised to victory in 6 minutes, 12.35 seconds, thus ensuring the much-needed berth for next year’s Olympics.
Meanwhile, in the Lightweight Men's Quadruple Sculls competition, the Chinese team grabbed first place. They began to take the lead after 200 meters and extended it until they finished first in the non-Olympic event. Italy got the silver medal, followed by the Netherlands.
China’s medal tally increased when the Chinese rowers won a silver in the Lightweight Women's Quadruple Sculls competition. Italy won the gold after establishing an unshakable lead while Germany bagged a bronze.