US women’s rowing team, Olivia Coffey, competes in the finals

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Watkins Glen-born Olivia Coffey and the United States eighth rowing team took a chance at gold with a heat win on Saturday at the Tokyo Olympics.

The US team finished the 2000 meter race on the Sea Forest Waterway in 6: 08.69 seconds and held Romania off by 1.26 seconds. Australia finished third out of three boats in the second run in 6: 18.95 hours.

New Zealand was in the lead in the first run with 6: 07.65, followed by Canada with 6: 07.97, China with 6: 10.77 and Great Britain with 6: 26.76.

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The US and New Zealand move on to the medal race, which will be held on July 25 at 9:05 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, July 29 (10:05 a.m. July 30 in Tokyo).

The remaining five boats will fight for the final four places in the final in the Battle of Hope, scheduled for July 27 at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time (10:30 a.m. July 28 in Tokyo).

Meghan Musnicki, formerly from Ithaca College, also fight for the American women’s team of eight; Helmsman Katelin Guregian, Kristine O’Brien, Regina Salmons, Brooke Money, Gia Doonan, Charlotte Buck and Jessica Thoennes.

The preliminary runs on Saturday were originally planned for Sunday, but due to the weather forecast for Monday they were postponed by one day after a weather-related shift.

USA comes from behind

The US took the lead at halftime on Saturday after Romania controlled the pace for the first 500 meters.

Mooney said there was no nervousness after the Romanians led early.

“We race against each other so often and you never know where you’ll be off the start line, especially with the racing teams for the first time in two years,” said Mooney, commenting on USRowing. “Nobody knows anyone’s speed, and we just trusted ourselves and our rhythm. As soon as we have (found) this rhythm, we just go to work and see what we can do. “

This was the first ever Olympic competition for Coffey, who acted as a replacement for the Rio Olympics in 2016. 32-year-old Coffey has won eight medals, including four gold medals, at national and U23 world championships.

Coffey has a house in Burdett, just outside Watkins Glen.

TV coverage

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