Dara Alizadeh fifth in Olympic quarter-finals
Dara Alizadeh’s bid for Olympic glory was ended last night when he finished fifth in the men’s single sculls quarter-final at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo.
The Bermudian clocked 7min 35.73sec over the 2,000-metre distance, but was more than 15 seconds adrift of the third place that was required for him to reach the semi-finals — and will now head to the consolation phase of the sculls programme.
The 27-year-old again started well but got no closer than fourth in a race that winner Sverri Nielsen from Denmark led from start to finish in 7:10.92.
In a fast-finishing second was Trevor Jones, of Canada, in 7:17.75 with Alexander Vyazovkin, of the Russian Federation, third in 7:20.04.
Alizadeh was locked in a battle for fourth with Turkey’s Onat Kozakl, whom he tangled with in the preliminary heat.
As was the case two days earlier, the Turk, who was last at the halfway mark, prevailed in 7:32.86.
In sixth place was Peter Purcell-Gilpin, of Zimbabwe, in 7:37.97.
Alizadeh is next in action on Monday at 8.30pm Bermuda time in the C/D semi-finals.
He will race against Husein Alireza, of Saudi Arabia, Cris Nievarez, of the Philippines, Masias Alvaro Torres, of Peru, Quentin Antognelli, of Monaco, and Mohammed Al Khafaji, of Iraq.
The top three will advance to the C final with the rest heading to the D final.