Commendable Finishes For Zimbabwe Rowers In Nanjing

Zimbabwe’s rowing duo, Daniella Du Toit of Chisipite Senior School and Kyle Hinde of St John’s College might have failed to medal for Team Zimbabwe but they sure enjoyed good runs at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. The two put on great performances for country and self.

Zimbabwe's Daniella Du Toit competes in the Women's Single Sculls Rowing event at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games
Zimbabwe’s Daniella Du Toit competes in the Women’s Single Sculls Rowing event at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games
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Du Toit qualified for the Women’s A/B semi-final through a second place finish in the repêchage race. However she missed a spot in the final as she finished in sixth place hence she moved on to the B Final. All rowers competing in the single sculls were put in final pools of six ranked from A-D based on performances in Nanjing. Having gone through to the B final where she registered a time of 4:01.83 and finished third, Du Toit placed 9 out 24 rowers overall.

Going past the race’s half-way mark Du Toit was in the lead but struggled to keep up with rowers from Norway and Great Britain who came from behind to claim first and second place respectively.

Kyle Hinde
Kyle Hinde of Zimbabwe competes in Men’s Single Sculls rowing event at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of east China. © Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi

Kyle Hinde, competed in the D final, finishing second in a time of 3:44.22 to earn himself a 20/24 ranking overall in the Men’s Single Scull event.

Well done to the two for flying Zimbabwe’s flag high on the international stage.

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