Zimbabwean female Olympic rower Micheen Thornycroft is not worried about winning medals in her 2014 season with her focus place on qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games.
BY MICHAEL MADYIRA
Thornycroft, who turns 27 on Thursday, is in Aiguebelette, France, taking part in the World Rowing Cup II.
On Friday she finished fifth in one of the women’s single sculls time trial heats before settling for fourth position in the repechage.
She raced to second position in the C final yesterday. With her coach Rachel Davies on tour as well, Thornycroft is not worried about not coming out tops in the race after ending the Aiguebelette regatta on overal 14th position.
“It’s hard to make an accurate target at this point in the season, but I am always aiming to be in the top nine as that is where I need to be next year to qualify for the Olympics through the world championships,” said Thornycroft.
The Aiguebelette contest is her second regatta this year after she came sixth in April’s Paulo D’alorja in Italy smart from a three-month long right knee injury.
This was followed by a month-long training camp in Germany where she practised in Munich at the 1972 Olympics course.
Next week she heads to Netherlands for the Holland Beker Regatta as her season gets in full swing.
“There is enough time for recovery [from the World Cup], so I will be fine,” she said.
“Most of my competitors are racing at both regattas [World Cup and Beker Regatta] as well. It is also a great opportunity to fit as much racing in as possible while I am over here in Europe.”
She is also scheduled to return to Netherlands for the world championships in August.