Kelowna Olympic rowers Scott Frandsen and Will Dean have both advanced to rowing semi-finals at the London Olympics.
Fandsen and parter Dave Calder won their first race on Saturday in the men’s pair, looking to win back to back Olympic medals after winning silver at the 2008 games.
The duo won their heat with the second fastest time overall and will now race in a semi-final on Wednesday.
“It was a really good first step for us, we got into our rhythm and followed our race plan,” said Fandsen. “We weren’t distracted by the Olympic hype or boats around us. We pushed away in the middle 1000 and then controlled the race through to the finish line.”
It’s Frandsen’s third Olympic rowing regatta after also taking part in the men’s eight boat in 2004.
Meanwhile Dean is rowing in the men’s four during his first Olympic regatta and helped his crew to a third place finish in his boat on Monday.
Canada attempted to stick with the dominant Australian crew through the first 500 metres before Australia pulled away from the pack to lead the race, setting an Olympic best time in the process.
The Canadians maintained their second-place standing throughout most of the race, but Germany posted a powerful sprint to catch second place, leaving Canada in third.
The result was good enough to advance to a semi final on Thursday