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Savage left out of Olympic rowing team
Jim Morton
10:14 AEST Fri Jun 22 2012

Exiled sculler Pippa Savage has been left out of Australia's 46-strong Olympic rowing team but will remain a non-travelling reserve in case of injury.

Savage was overlooked by Rowing Australia selectors on Friday morning after being dumped from the women's quad sculls boat a month ago after continued clashes with her crewmates.

The 31-year-old was reinstated as a reserve on appealing the decision earlier this month but will only join the team at the London Games if there is an injury to one of the six incumbent heavyweight women scullers.

Melbourne-based Savage had been a chance to gain a recall if premier sculler Kim Crow was moved from the double sculls boat into the single sculls following her great success in back-to-back regattas in Switzerland in May.

But the six-person selection panel opted to choose Crow in the single and double, with Brooke Pratley, making the 26-year-old the first Australian to contest both events at an Olympics.

"I see it as a great opportunity," Crow said. "Every race is part of the learning curve and the more I can learn before finals day, the better."

Crow's nomination for both events was confirmed by the Australian Olympic Committee on Friday and will see Australia compete in 13 of the 14 boat classes at the London Games.

The 46-person rowing team is the second biggest Australia will send behind athletics.

Rowing Australia is targeting three gold medals from the London regatta, one more than they won at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Scott Brennan and David Crawshay will return to defend their gold medal in the men's double sculls while Drew Ginn, who won the men's pair in 2008 with Duncan Free, is spearheading the men's four boat, also containing Josh Dunkley-Smith, James Chapman and Will Lockwood.

The world champion men's lightweight four and men's quad sculls boats remain intact from last year's world titles in Slovenia.

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