Australia’s women’s eight crew (from left) Hannah Vermeersch, Renee Chatterton, Robyn Selby Smith, Sarah Cook, Tess Gerrand, Alexandra Hagan, Sally Kehoe, Phoebe Stanley and Elizabeth Patrick competing at the London Olympic Games.
Australia’s women’s eight crew (from left) Hannah Vermeersch, Renee Chatterton, Robyn Selby Smith, Sarah Cook, Tess Gerrand, Alexandra Hagan, Sally Kehoe, Phoebe Stanley and Elizabeth Patrick competing at the London Olympic Games. Getty Images

Kehoe and crew pull top effort

SOME athletes train for the full four years between Olympic Games hoping to win a medal.

For Toowoomba rower Sally Kehoe and her women's eight rowing crew, they had much less than four years but still managed to make an Olympic final.

Last night Kehoe and the Australian crew gave their all and finished sixth.

The Aussies looked competitive at the beginning of the race but they could not keep up with the strong United States crew, who took gold ahead of Canada and The Netherlands.

Earlier this year Kehoe and her crew mates missed out on earning spots on the Games team in other boats back in April.

But they came together in May in a last-ditch effort to qualify an Australian women's eight boat for London.

The self-proclaimed Motley Crew then pulled out a great performance at the World Cup regatta in Switzerland to qualify the boat for London.

Little more than a month of training together and the group of rowers left out of other crews united to reach an Olympic final.

Quite an achievement when most athletes have been training for their particular event for years.

Meanwhile, Hope Munro helped the Hockeyroos to a 1-0 victory over the United States in their third women's hockey pool game.

The Hockeyroos have won two of their opening three pool matches to remain in contention for a place in the semi-finals.



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