Gevvie Stone of Team USA, racing in the women's single sculls, notched a nice win for the U.S. today, taking her quarterfinal with a strong win ahead of Jeannine Gmelin of Switzerland and Magdalena Lobnig of Austria. The win sends Stone to the Thursday semifinals races, where she will race for spot in the medals final.
Stone posted the second-fastest time overall in the event during the quarterfinal round, and looks to be in medal contention.
The other contenders in the women's single sculls were equal to the task as well, as New Zealand's Emma Twigg and gold-medal favoriteKim Brennan of Australia both took the wins in their quarterfinals.
A treat for spectators was the men's single sculls quarterfinals race between medal contenders and fierce rivals Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic and New Zealand's Mahe Drysdale, the 2015 world champ and runner up, respectively. Score one for Drysdale, who took the quarterfinal ahead of Synek, and just might have picked up a few psych points enroute to the later stages of the regatta. Both men qualified for the semifinal.
Darkhorse contender Hannes Obreno of Belgium, who defeated Drysdale earlier this summer at the Henley Royal Regatta, also captured his quarterfinal, and will be one to watch is this event moves on towards the medal race.
The fastest qualifier from the quarterfinals was Croatia's Damir Martin, who finished ahead of London 2012 bronze medalist Alan Campbell of Great Britain.
The U.S. did not qualify an athlete for the event.