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.