And Aggar makes it all four into finals

Tom Aggar was pitch perfect in Rio today, securing his arms-shoulders single scull final place by winning the repechage in style.

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Tom Aggar acknowledges the applause. Pic: Simon Way

Tom Aggar was pitch perfect in Rio today, securing his arms-shoulders single scull final place by winning the repechage in style.

The Londoner, who took the inaugural Paralympic gold in Beijing eight years ago, went out hard early in the race and dominated it to the line. The USA grabbed the second qualifying slot.

“I’m not taking anything for granted in the final. It’s going to be tough”, he said.  “All credit to the American today. He fought hard for it in the first 500m, as we knew he would”.

32 year-old Aggar has continued to develop as an athlete and remain competitive despite the sport’s standards soaring since Beijing.

His coach, Nick Baker, also said:  “Everything in Tom’s boat is completely different even to London four years ago and it’s the kind of lottery investment that the GB Rowing Team enjoys that means we can remain competitive”.

Aggar became the fourth GB crew to qualify for tomorrow’s finals.  Rachel Morris, in the equivalent arms-shoulders single scull for women, the mixed double scull of Lauren Rowles and Laurence Whiteley and the reigning World Champion mixed coxed four of Grace Clough, Daniel Brown, Pamela Relph, James Fox and Oliver James, all qualified by winning their heats yesterday.

Highlights of today’s racing will be shown on Channel 4 at 18.00 BST.

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RESULTS
(Events featuring ParaylmpicsGB crews only. For full results – www.worldrowing.com)
REPECHAGE

ASM1x – men’s arms-shoulders single scull – heat 2

1.  Tom Aggar (GREAT BRITAIN) 4:56.17

2.  Blake Haxton (USA) 5:03.43

3.  Alexander van Holk (Netherlands) 5:07.87

4.  Augustas Navickas (Lithuania) 5:13.07

5.  Johannes Schmidt (Germany) 5:22.97

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(Crews listed from bow to stroke with cox and with club, hometown and date of birth)

PARA-ROWING

MIXED

Coxed four (LTA 4+)

Grace Clough (Nottingham RC/Sheffield/21.06.91)

Daniel Brown (Upper Thames BC/Reading/29.11.82)

Pamela Relph (Leander Club/Aylesbury/14.11.89)

James Fox (Univ of London/Peterborough/02.05.92)

Oliver James (cox) (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/05.01.90)

Coach: Tom Dyson

Trunk/-arms double scull (TA2x)

Lauren Rowles (Marlow RC/Birmingham/ 24.04.98)/

Laurence Whiteley (Tees RC/Northallerton/29.08.91)
Coach: Nick Baker

MEN
Arms/-shoulders single scull (ASM 1x)

Tom Aggar (Marlow RC/Maidenhead/24.05.84)
Coach: Nick Baker

WOMEN

Arms/-shoulders single scull (ASW 1x)

Rachel Morris (Guildford RC/Farnham/25.04.79)
Coach: Tom Dyson

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