Robbie Manson, of New Zealand, is now out of the race for a Gold at this year’s Olympics.
Robbie, an openly gay rower, represents New Zealand in the men’s double sculls alongside his stroke man Christopher Harris. The pair had begun the competition well, as they won their heat, then raced in adverse conditions on Sunday.
In the double, however, they narrowly missed earning a place in the finals by coming in at fourth place. They missed their spot in the final by a mere 4.740 seconds, or just over a boat length.
The winners were current world record holders and Olympic favourites Martin and Valent Sinkovic, of Croatia. Second place was taken by Norway’s Kjetil Borch and Olaf Tufte and the third place was netted by Great Britain’s Jonathan Walton and John Collins.
The fact that the New Zealand pair were beaten by the British team is particularly meaningful, as they themselves were beaten in the heats by Manson and Harris by 3.8 seconds.
This is a fairly stinging loss for Manson and Harris, as they were also pitched as favourites to take a medal after a very successful season in 2016, where they won three races.
A narrow miss for Robbie and Christopher, but we still have someone to root for in the finals with the narrow third place win by Walton and Collins.