South Africa’s men’s four rowing team booked its spot at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday by winning the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland.
The qualification regatta offered 29 tickets to the Tokyo showpiece in 14 boat classes.
The men’s rowing foursome produced one of the highlights of the regatta where South Africa and Canada came into the A-final as the winners of their respective semi-finals with almost identical times.
South Africa’s crew included Olympic medallists John Smith and Lawrence Brittain, as well as Kyle Schoonbee and Sandro Paulo Torrente.
South Africa and Canada took the two qualification places on offer.
‘There was a lot of pressure. we’ve spent lots of time on the repeated training. It was a good race all way through. Obviously, we are going to Tokyo for one reason – that’s to win, so in the next two months I will be all in that,’ said Kyle Schoonbee.
The South African