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Paris 2024 Preview – Women’s Pair – Olympic Games coverage

Racing for the 2024 Olympic Regatta begins on Saturday, July 27, in Paris, France. Below, we preview the women’s pair.

2023 WORLD CHAMPION – Clevering/Meester – NED
2020 OLYMPIC CHAMPION – Prendergast/Williams – NZL
2024 SCHEDULE
Heats on Sunday, Reps on Monday, Semis on Wednesday, Finals on Friday

Paris 2024 Preview - Women's Pair

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ENTRIES – 13 (Editor’s note – official entries have not been released, this is our best guess at the entries until then)
AUSTRALIA – Jessica Morrison | Annabelle McIntyre
CHILE – Melita Abraham | Antonia Abraham
CZECH REPUBLIC – Radka Novotnikova | Pavlina Flamikova
DENMARK – Hedvig Rasmussen | Fie Udby Erichsen
GREAT BRITAIN – Chloe Brew | Rebecca Edwards
GREECE – Evangelia Anastasiadou | Christina Bourmpou
IRELAND – Aifric Keogh | Fiona Murtagh
LITHUANIA – Kamile Kralikaite | Ieva Adomaviciute
NETHERLANDS – Ymkje Clevering | Veronique Meester
NEW ZEALAND – Kate Haines | Alana Sherman
ROMANIA – Ioana Vrinceanu | Roxana Anghel
SPAIN – Aina Cid | Esther Briz
UNITED STATES – Azja Czajkowski | Jessica Thoennes

BELGRADE 2023 RECAP
Through 500 meters of the A Final in Belgrade, the Dutch pair of Clevering and Meester had nearly a one length lead over Morrison and McIntyre of Australia with the American pair of Rusher and Musnicki running in third over Romania. The Dutch continued to extend their lead over Australia in the second quarter, with Romania pushing through USA. In the sprint, the Netherlands held off Australia to win by a length with Romania another half length back for bronze. Ireland finished in fourth over Chile and the United States.

Watch the final here.

2024 SEASON RECAP
WORLD CUP I
In a final that featured five pairs qualified for Paris, the Netherlands got out to a quick start and won gold by over a second of Ireland. Denmark won the bronze over Great Britain and Chile.

Paris 2024 Preview - Women's Pair

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EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Romania dominated the A Final at the European Championships, defeating Greece by over eight seconds. The Czech and British pairs also raced in the final, finishing fourth and fifth respectfully.

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The two qualification spots for Paris were won by Denmark and New Zealand.

WORLD CUP II
In the only rematch between the top two finishers in 2023, the Netherlands got out to an early lead and controlled the race, beating the Australians by nearly four seconds. Ireland won the bronze over Greece, another five seconds back from Australia.

WORLD CUP III
The final World Cup race of the season featured three pairs qualified for Olympics, with Australia taking a seven second win over Ireland and Denmark.

Paris 2024 Preview - Women's Pair

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USA PROSPECTS
Azja Czajkowski and Jessica Thoennes won Olympic Trials and will be the USA women’s pair in Paris. Thoennes returns for her second Olympics after finishing fourth in the eight in Tokyo and having raced in the eight the last two years. Czajkowski will be making her senior team debut in Paris, having most recently rowed seven seat in the 2022 U23 eight that won gold. The pair raced at World Cup II in Lucerne, finishing in sixth place. Thoennes and Czajkowski should be in the mix to make the A Final in Paris.

MEDAL PICKS
The Dutch pair of Clevering and Meester will race as the favorites for gold in Paris following their 2023 world championship and unbeaten 2024 season. Australia and Romania are the most likely to challenge the Dutch and make the podium, but expect Ireland, Greece, Chile, and the United States to contend for the A Final in was is a deep event from top to bottom.

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