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Getting into the semifinals is a big motivation for us: Rowers Arvind and Arjun

Indian rowers Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh have qualified for double sculls men's semifinals at Tokyo Olympics

Indian rowers Arjun Lal and Arvind Singh qualify for semifinals at Tokyo Olympics (Source; Doordarshan)

Arvind Singh and Arjun Lal (Sources: Doordarshan)



Updated: 25 July 2021 1:51 PM GMT

India's Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh on Sunday qualified for the men's lightweight double sculls semifinals at the Tokyo Olympics after finishing third in the repechage round here. The Indian duo clocked 6:51.36 to finish third at the Sea Forest Waterway.

"We followed exactly whatever had been told to us by our coach. The coach told us that we should try to get the best position for India. "It's (rowing) not a very popular sport in India. So our coach told us that getting to the semifinals is also a big motivation for us, and we had to do our best," the duo said.

Poland's Jerzy Kowalski and Artur Mikolajczewski finished at the top with timing of 6:43.44, followed by Spain's Caetano Horta Pombo and Manel Balastegui, who clocked 6:45.71 in the repechage 2.

Arjun assumes the role of the bower while Arvind is the team's stroker. The two had finished fifth in their heats on Saturday. The event includes two rowers in a sculling boat using two oars each.

The long, narrow and broadly semi-circular in cross-section boats helps to reduce the drag. The maximum weight set for each male competitor is 72.5kg and the average weight cannot exceed 70 kg.

The semifinals will be on July 27.

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