Parkite finishes 10th in Olympic rowing competition
Park City native Devery Karz and teammate Kate Bertko saw their Olympic medal hopes end on Thursday morning in the semifinals of the lightweight double sculls competition.
Karz and Bertko finished fifth out of six boats in their semifinal heat, qualifying them for the B finals.
The B finals were contested on Friday morning and the U.S. duo finished fourth, behind first-place Poland, second-place Romania and third-place Denmark.
Karz and Bertko crossed the finish line of the 2,000-meter race in 7 minutes, 29.96 seconds. Poland finished in 7:24.34.
Six boats qualified for the A finals and six for the B finals, so, by finishing fourth in the B finals, Karz and Bertko were 10th overall at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
In the A finals, the Netherlands squad earned a gold medal. Canada finished second and China rounded out the podium in third place.
Rowing athletes have had to battle adverse weather conditions since the Olympics started. Originally scheduled to begin on Sunday, Aug. 7, rowing was bumped back to Monday due to strong winds.
The semifinals that were supposed to be held on Wednesday morning were instead pushed back to Thursday, again due to wind. That forced Karz, Bertko and the other women’s lightweight double sculls rowers to compete in the semis and finals on back-to-back days instead of having a day off in between.
The 2016 Olympic rowing program concludes on Saturday with the finals of men’s and women’s single sculls and men’s and women’s eights.
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