Wierzbowska Sisters Finish Fourth in Olympic Pairs B Final

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    Aug. 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO -- USC women's rowing All-American Anna Wierzbowska and sister Maria finished fourth in the Pairs' B Final at Lagoa Stadium on Friday, Aug. 12, at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The Polish sisters were first-time Olympians and finish 10th overall in the women's pairs' rowing competition.

    Racing out of lane three, China's pair of Tian Miao and Min Zhang started out in fifth place through the first 500 meters, but climbed to third at the halfway mark. The Chinese fought off a charge from the Germans over the final 1000 meters to finish with a time of 7:17.12 in first place. Germany's duo of Kerstin Hartmann and Kathrin Marchand held first place through the first 500 and 1000 meters, but couldn't overtake the Chinese and finished second with a time of 7:18.57.

    Romania's pair of Madalina Beres and Laura Oprea sat steady in fourth place through much of the race but overtook the Polish sisters in the final stretch to claim third place with a time of 7:19.63. The Wierzbowskas came in fourth and were followed by Italy's pair of Sara Bertolasi and Alessandra Patelli who finished fifth at 7:24.51 and France's duo of Marie Le Nepvou and Noemie Kober, which finished in sixth place at 7:26.55.

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