UVA grad Kristine O’Brien, Americans advance to women’s eights final

Japan 2020

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 24: (L-R) Jessica Thoennes, Charlotte Buck, Gia Doonan, Brooke Mooney, Olivia Coffey, Regina Salmons, Meghan Musnicki, Kristine O’Brien and Katelin Guregian of Team United States compete during the Women’s Eight Heat 2 on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Sea Forest Waterway on July 24, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

TOKYO (WFXR) — American Kristine O’Brien advanced with the United States to the final of the women’s eights at the Sea Forest Waterway on Saturday, the first full day of competition at the Tokyo Summer Olympics.

The U.S. won its preliminary heat in a time of 6:08.69 and is now in position to win its fourth consecutive gold medal.

O’Brien, a 2013 graduate from the University of Virginia, is competing in her first Olympics. Her former collegiate teammates, Susanne Grainger (’13) and Christine Roper (’11), were forced into the repechage with Team Canada after narrowly finishing second behind New Zealand in their preliminary heat by 0.32 second.

The repechage is set to take place on Wednesday morning in Tokyo with the final scheduled for Friday morning.

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