Disappointing day for SA rowers in Rio

The SA rowers finished just outside the medals despite starting the day in an optimistic mood.

Heartbreak for lightweight double sculls pair of John Smith and James Thompson who finish fourth in the A-Final. Picture: Jean Smyth/EWN.

RIO DE JANEIRO - It's been a disappointing day at the Lagoa Stadium for South Africa's rowers as they've finished just outside the medals despite starting the day in an optimistic mood.



Team SA currently sits with four medals, namely three silver and a bronze on the overall table.

After the heroics of Lawrence Brittain and Shaun Keeling in the men's coxless pair rowing final, Thursday was a hugely disappointing day for South Africa on the water.



First up, the lightweight double sculls Kirsten McCann and Ursula Grobler finished fifth in the final that was followed by James Thompson and John Smith just being edged out of medals as they finished fourth in the lightweight men's double sculls.

Lee-Ann Persse and Kate Christowitz were never in contention as they finished a distant fifth in the pair A-Final.

Great results and performance, but against heartbreak for the men's four as they were edged into fourth.

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