Without a Heelsman, along with Christoph Seyfriedsberger, Ferdinand Querfeld, Gabriel Hohensser, and Rudolf Querfeld, four missed a quota for the Olympic Games in Tokyo on Sunday.
At the Qualification Regatta on Rotsey in Lucerne, the quartet finished fourth in the finals, with only South Africa and Canada as the first and second purchased tickets. In its semi-finals, the RV boat finished first in second place. The RV is represented by two female boats in Japan.
“Four people have given a respectable regatta. Despite the disappointment, I want to express my courage to them, how they have dealt with the injuries of the past few weeks unfortunately, how they have not lost confidence in themselves and how they have been in the team. Dealing with acute health problems was unbelievable “, RV national coach Robert Sens was quoted in a broadcast. “There is a big team growing up here.”
The other two Austrian boats failed in the semi-finals. The lightweight double skull with Paul Seeber and Julian Schoeberl finished fourth in the semi-finals, 3.71 seconds short of participating in the A finals. Lucas Ream did not have a good day, finishing only sixth and final.
Magdalena Lobnig in singles and Louisa Altenhuber and Valentina Cavellar in lightweight double sculls have already won Olympic quota places in previous regatta.