Watched by her mother and father – both of them former Olympic rowers – Ordas covered the 500m course in a time of 1:43.81 to win by half a second from Sweden’s Elin Lindroth. Greta Jaanson of Estonia came in third.
Tyshchenko took the men’s gold in a time of 1:32.47, with Ivan Brynza of Belarus finishing 0.37 seconds behind in silver and Cormac Kennedy-Leverett of Australia coming home a further second back in third.
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“When I see this medal hanging around my neck I realize that it was worth all those days of sometimes getting up and wanting to go out with my friends instead or stay at home resting,” said the 18-year-old Ordas, who took up rowing at the age of 12.
“Yesterday I couldn’t stop crying for the boys [team-mates Felipe Modarelli and Tomás Herrera, who won bronze in the men’s pairs] and here I am now, crying for myself. I can’t believe this is over now. We started out four years ago. The three of us are like family. We’ve been preparing for this for a long time.”
Modarelli was there to see his team-mate collect her gold: “I was happy with my medal but I can celebrate Sol’s more because it’s different. It’s the team’s and Argentina’s.”