How local Olympians fared: Quadruple sculls in tough spot

  • Cicely Madden, Glenview's Alison Rusher, Meghan O'Leary and Ellen Tomek of the United States compete during the women's rowing quadruple sculls heat at the Summer Olympics, Friday.

    Cicely Madden, Glenview's Alison Rusher, Meghan O'Leary and Ellen Tomek of the United States compete during the women's rowing quadruple sculls heat at the Summer Olympics, Friday. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 7/24/2021 12:06 AM

If the U.S. women's quadruple sculls rowing team wants a shot at a medal in Tokyo, it will have to get there through essentially the consolation bracket.

The Americans, featuring Alie Rusher of Glenview, placed fifth in a five-team heat on Thursday.

 

Germany won the heat with a 6:18.22 while the United States finished with a 6:34.36.

The Netherlands took second place in the heat while Great Britain and New Zealand placed third and fourth respectively.

Germany and the Netherlands qualified for the finals as did China and Poland, the top two teams from the other heat.

The rest of the teams, including the United States, could qualify for the finals through the repechage, which in rowing is a contest of those teams that did not qualify for the finals in the preliminary race to earn a spot in the finals.

Meanwhile, men's gymnastics were in full swing on Friday night.

The U.S. men's gymnastics team features Alex Diab of Glen Ellyn, who is an alternate.

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