Rio Olympics: Rhys Grant finishes ninth in the singles sculls

Rhys Grant. Photo: Getty
Rhys Grant. Photo: Getty

DIANELLA rower Rhys Grant will come back to Perth with a ninth overall ranking in the men’s singles sculls regatta after storming into third place in the B final.

The West Australian Rowing Club member, who narrowly missed out on a place in the A final, fought his heart out against strong competition on Saturday.

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Grant (29) continued his run of very fast starts in the consolation race and stuck with a pack of three rowers in the early stages.

Egyptian Abdel Khalek Elbana in lane two dealt with the tail winds the best and led by a boat length at the end of lap one, as Grant settled for fourth.

In the second lap, the Egyptian rower extended his lead while Grant, Poland’s Natan Węgrzycki-Szymczyk and Mexico’s Juan Carlos Cabrera were engaged in a tight tussle.

Grant remained in fourth place, close behind Węgrzycki-Szymczyk and Cabrera at the end of the second lap.

The Australian, nicknamed ‘The President’, kept on pushing in the third while Węgrzycki-Szymczyk made his case for first place against Elbana.

Grant started to fade early in the final lap but dug deep and overtook Elbana who succumbed from first to fourth.

A stunning final lap saw Węgrzycki-Szymczyk finish first with a time of 6:47.95 ahead of Cabrera (6:50.02) and Dianella hero Grant (6:51.90).

Grant’s fairytale run at his first Olympic Games ended on a high as he recorded his fastest time of the week.