Former UVA rowers Christine Roper and Susanne Grainger win gold with Canadian eight crew

Japan 2020

Lisa Roman, Kasia Gruchalla-Wesierski, Christine Roper, Andrea Proske, Susanne Grainger, Madison Mailey, Sydney Payne, Avalon Wasteneys and Kristen Kit of Canada celebrate winning the gold medal in the women’s rowing eight final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

TOKYO (WFXR) — Canadian rowers took home gold in the women’s eight competition, ending a 13-year reign held by the United States in the event.

Former University of Virginia rowers Susanne Grainger (’13) and Christine Roper (’11) helped power the Canadian boat, finishing with a time of 5:59.13. New Zealand won silver at 6:00.04 and China gained bronze at 6:01.21.

American Meghan O’Brien, a 2013 graduate of UVA, contributed to a fourth place effort for Team USA, finishing with a time of 6:02.78.

Grainger and Roper, competing in their second Olympic Games, became the second and third UVA rowers, respectively, to earn gold medals. Former UVA All-American Lindsay Shoop won gold with the U.S women’s eight in 2008.

Earlier in the week, former Cavalier Hannah Osborne won silver for New Zealand with her teammate Brooke Donoghue in the women’s double sculls competition in Tokyo.

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