Rowers go for gold at Eton Dorney finals day

Rowers go for gold at Eton Dorney finals day

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Charles Watts

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Rowers go for gold at Eton Dorney finals day

Tom Aggar is going for gold at Eton Dorney.

Maidenhead's Tom Aggar knows he will have to produce the performance of his life if he is to defend his Paralympics title at Eton Dorney this morning (Sunday).

The 28-year-old, who won gold in Beijing four years ago, heads into the final of the men's single sculls under real pressure from China's Cheng Huang.

Huang shattered Aggar's previous world's best time in his heat on Friday, knocking off nearly five seconds to win in a staggering 4:45.02.

Aggar was 11 seconds slower as he won his heat in 4:56.65 and the home favourite, who hasn't been beaten in four years, knows he has it all to do in today's final which gets underway at 11.10am.

Following the men's single sculls, Dorney Boat Club member Sam Scowen goes in the final of the mixed pairs at 11.30am alongside Nick Beighton.

The duo qualified for the final by winning yesterday's repechage event and will be hoping the huge home support at Eton Dorney can cheer them towards the podium.

The final race of the day sees Marlow Boat Club's Naomi Riches and Ascot resident David Smith go for gold in the mixed coxed fours.

Along with James Roe, Pamela Relph and cox Lily van den Broecke, the quartet produce a fine display to win their heat on Friday.

Full Sunday schedule from Eton Dorney:

9.30am: Final B - Women's single sculls.

9.50am: Final B - Men's single sculls.

10.10am: Final B - Mixed pairs.

10.30am: Final B - Mixed coxed fours.

10.50am: Final A - Women's single sculls (MEDAL RACE).

11.10am: Final A - Men's single sculls (MEDAL RACE).

11.30am: Final A - Mixed pairs (MEDAL RACE).

11.50am: Final A - Mixed coxed fours (MEDAL RACE).

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