Best still to come, Haigh and Scown
Sun, 29 Jul 2012 8:03a.m.
Juliette Haigh and Rebecca Scown are confident the best is still to come after the two-time world champions finished off the pace on day one of the Olympic rowing regatta.
Haigh and Scown have made it through to Wednesday's final of the women's pair at Eton Dorney, west of London, but not in the way would have liked.
Rather than winning their heat on Saturday, they were upstaged by the Australian combination of Kate Hornsey and Sarah Tait, who beat them into second place by than 5sec.
More sobering was that Britons Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, the form crew of the season, clocked an Olympic Games best time of 6:57.29 - more than 8s faster than the New Zealanders - in the other heat.
Haigh and Scown are accentuating the positives, saying the goal on the opening day was to qualify directly to the final, and that has been achieved.
"We've got more to come, so you haven't seen the last of us," Haigh said.
"We've got another level to lift to in the final."
She said it was no surprise that Glover and Stanning, who won at all three World Cup regattas this year, were quick.
But analysing times from separate races could only go so far.
"You can compare times between heats, but you can't as well, because it's a different race," she said.
"The final will be back to square one and everyone starting at zero."
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