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Crow may row two boats in London
Jim Morton
17:44 AEST Mon Jun 18 2012

Rowing Australia is giving serious thought to freakish talent Kim Crow competing in both the single and double sculls at the London Olympics.

Contesting two events at the one regatta is a huge workload and rare but Australia's selectors are mulling over the prospect due to Crow's brilliant World Cup form in both boats in the past month.

RA must nominate their London Games team to the Australian Olympic Committee this week and the biggest bone of contention is what to do with the single sculls.

Only Crow can race the competition's smallest boat at Eton Dorney after securing its place last month in the final Olympic qualification regatta in Switzerland.

She only contested the event as an insurance policy, and for some race practice, while double sculls partner Brooke Pratley recovered from a rib injury.

But the 26-year-old's effort to win convincingly and then back up immediately and take silver in World Cup 2 in Lucerne has provided the selection dilemma.

Her silver in Lucerne could have easily been gold as she built a big lead before catching a crab in the final 500m which allowed Chinese veteran Xiuyun Zhang to pass her near the line.

It was Crow's sixth race in eight days, which is the same amount of races she would face in London if she and Pratley won their heat in the double to progress straight through to the final.

The duo impressed in their first international competition together on the weekend, claiming silver behind world champions Great Britain to make their doubles selection a near certainty.

A silver medallist at the 2010 and 2011 world titles with Kerry Hore, Crow admitted it would be a shock if she and Pratley weren't confirmed in the double.

"Yeah it would," she told AAP. "I've spent the last three years in the double scull so it's something which is special for me and there's a lot of unfinished business out there.

"It's obviously a call the selectors will make but Brooke and I have always had a lot of trust and confidence in each other and this boat.

"We've got a lot to improve on but it's also promising that we have the speed and the raceabilty so we do take a lot of confidence out of that."

Romania is one rowing nation to have some history in using their best oarswoman successfully in two boat classes but they were in the women's pair and eight which meant less than a total six races.

Whichever way the RA selectors choose, Crow's outstanding performances mean that the exiled Pippa Savage's hopes of rowing in London rest on an injury to a heavyweight sculler.

The Australian rowing squad, aiming for three gold in London, took home one gold and four silver in Olympic class events in Munich.

While the Brits were again the dominant team in World Cup 3, Drew Ginn's coxless four upset Team GB's priority boat to set up an exciting Games duel.

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