Dara Alizadeh qualifies for single sculls C final
Dara Alizadeh heads into his last race at the Olympic Games in Tokyo today with another crack at glory after qualifying for the C final of the men’s single sculls.
The Bermuda rower finished third in the C/D semi-finals on the Sea Forest Waterway with his fastest row of the Games, crossing the line in 7min 11.14sec.
The top three in the six-man race reached the C final, with the others relegated to the D final.
The result means that 27-year-old Alizadeh is guaranteed to finish in the top 18 of the overall 32-man field in his first appearance at an Olympics.
The top three were unchanged throughout the race, led by Alvaro Torres Masias, of Peru, in 7:02.49 and then Quentin Antognelli, of Monaco, in 7:06.03.
The only mini-contest that resulted in positional changes over the 2,000 metres was between fourth and fifth, where Mohammed Al Khafaji, of Iraq (7:21.52), ultimately overcame Cris Nievarez, of the Philippines (7:26.05) after trailing for the first half of the race.
Cut adrift in sixth from start to finish was Saudi Arabia’s Husein Alireza in 7:53.99.
Alizadeh takes to the waterway for the final time at this Olympics at 8.55pm tonight Bermuda time.
He, Torres and Antognelli will be joined in the C final by Jordan Parry, of New Zealand, Jan Fleissner, of the Czech Republic, and Abdelkhalek Elbana, of Egypt.
Ominously for the Bermudian, each of the men that qualified from the second semi-final broke the seven-minute barrier.