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Kirsten McCann raced to a 3rd place and bronze medal finish at 3rd Rowing World Cup Regatta.

South Africas Kirsten McCann of RMB National Squad secures bronze medal at Rowing World Cup Regatta.

Kirsten McCann raced to a 3rd place and bronze medal finish in the lightweight women’s single scull for the RMB National Squad at the 3rd Rowing World Cup Regatta.
It was not a straightforward week for McCann, who faced many challenges to prepare for the racing this weekend. At the start of the week, the team’s flight was cancelled after boarding due to a technical issue with the plane which delayed their arrival in Switzerland.
Thankfully the team’s travel partners TAG were able to rebook flights to get the RMB National Squad to Lucerne as soon as possible. Coaches Tiago Loureiro and Andrew Grant arrived, and immediately got to work setting up the team’s Filippi rowing boats. They rigged well past 10pm to get the equipment ready for the team to train and to prepare for the racing.
Kirsten, now teaching part-time at Jeppe High School in Johannesburg, progressed well through all rounds of racing. Going into the afternoon’s A-Final McCann was only ranked 6th, but she was able to step up and put herself in a very good position off the start. By the 500 meter mark she had solidified 3rd position against Great Britain and Mexico. Through the middle of the race it was a three-way fight for the bronze medal position between South Africa, Germany and Italy. In the final sprint for the line, Italy and South Africa left Germany behind them. On the line it was Great Britain in first place in a new world record time, 2nd place was Mexico and in 3rd place, it was McCann ahead of Italy by just 0,32 seconds after 2000 meters of racing.
This is a great result for McCann, who returned to the RMB National Squad this year after the bitter disappointment of not qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, and the RMB National Squad under new Head Coach Tiago Loureiro. McCann and her coach Andrew Grant have reunited in their partnership which was so successful leading into the Rio Olympics in 2016.
We still have some more racing from the Men's Pair of James Mitchel l and Henry Torr racing on Sunday at 8:55am in the B Final where they will compete for rankings 7 to 12 overall.
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