Italy’s Valentina Rodini and Federica Cesarini take women's lightweight double sculls title

Jul 29, 2021 966

After 2,000m of racing, Italy wins the women's lightweight double sculls title. Valentina Rodini and Federica Cesarini rowed to the gold in 6:47.54. France was just 0.14secs behind, claiming the silver in 6:47.68. Netherlands took the bronze in 6:48.03. The gold was Italy's first Olympic medal in women's rowing (they have won 40 medals in men's rowing).

Only European rowers have won an Olympic gold medal in this event, and this unofficial tradition did not change at the Sea Forest Waterway with the top four boats hailing from the continent. "It's a great feeling," said Cesarini on winning Olympic gold at Tokyo 2020. "It is difficult to describe, but we wanted it, we searched for it and finally we have it." The race was a highly competitive one, with no crew dominating throughout.

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