Ahead of the official opening ceremony of the delayed Olympics games, sports codes such as football, softball, and rowing have already resumed competition. Early morning today Zimbabwean rower Peter Purcell Gilpin participated in heat 3 of the men’s single sculls.
Peter lined up against Italian di Mauro Gennaro Alberto, Nielsen Sverri from Mexico, Yakovlev Vladislav [Kazakhstan] and Alhussein Ghambour from Libya.
The Zimbabwean rower took off amazingly well reaching the first 500m of the race on position three. Nielsen Sverri cruised reaching the 500m mark in just 1:40.51 closely followed behind by di Mauro Gennaro in 1:41.09 and Gilpin at 1:44.59.
Italian di Mauro Gennaro Alberto would then dominate the next 500m pushing Sverri to position two. On the other hand, Gilpin struggled to keep the momentum and was also pushed to position four by Vladislav. Reaching the 1500m Gilpin marvellous outpaced Vladislav to retain his top three position the same with Sverri who jealously guided his number one position.
The last 500m was very competitive for all rowers except for Sverri who had secured a top spot finish in the heat clocking the 2000m in 7:02.88 leaving the other four to contest for the two places to progress to the quarter-finals.
di Mauro Gennaro who was in 4th position after the 1500m mark pulled the biggest surprise in heat 3 after he outlined Vladislav and Gilpin to finish second in just 7:06.87. Then it was Gilpin and Vladislav head to head and the Asian champion utilised his experience reaching the finishing mark in 7:10.08 just 57secs ahead of Zimbabwean rower Peter Gilpin.
Gilpin will now have to compete in the repechage events after he failed to progress to the quarter-finals. However, Gilpin still stands a chance to progress to the quarter-finals but will have to finish either first or second in the repechage for him to progress to the quarter-finals.