Darned if this Sally Robbins rowing thing just won't go away. Every time we try to turn our attention to other sports, her story keeps popping up as the most compelling of the day. But inasmuch as Indie Sport has, in our last two posts, detailed the drama, controversy, and hand wringing leading up to today's events (see It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over and National Trust), we'll cut right to the chase.
Today at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Robbins, paired with Kerry Hore of Tasmania, won the latest double sculls trials race at Australia's Olympic qualifying event. And the margin of victory (5.34 seconds) was large, an open-water triumph over Zoe Uphill-- Robbins' partner in yesterday's second place finish in the double sculls competition-- and Catriona Sens, the slap-happy ex-Olympic teammate of Robbins, who was suspended for two years after cracking Robbins in the face at a team function in 2004. Another length behind, in third place, was the team of Lisa Szatsznadjer and Amy Ives.
It was only two races ago that Robbins, partnered with Szatsznadjer, finished somewhere over the horizon in last place, the third consecutive horrendous, back-of-the-pack performance for the would-be comeback oarswoman. Thus, the last three days of racing have produced tantalizing combinations of partnership data that the Aussie coaches must decipher:
- Hore is undefeated.
- Uphill has finished first, second, and second.
- Robbins has finished last, second, and first.
- Sens has finished third, third, and second.
- Ives has finished third, first, and third.
- Szatsznadjer, an under-23 rower who is considered a prospect for the future, has finished last, third, and third.