On Thursday, Indian rowers Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh finished 11th in the men’s lightweight double sculls event at the Tokyo Olympics, the best ever performance for India at the Games.
The Indian duo finished fifth in the Final B, which was not a medal round, and 11th overall at the Sea Forest Waterway, clocking 6:29.66s. After the Final, A race later in the day, Ireland, Germany, and Italy won gold, silver, and bronze medals, respectively.
After finishing sixth in the second semifinal on Wednesday, Arjun and Arvind were unable to advance to the medal round. They finished last in the six-team semifinal two with a time of 6:24.41s. The medal round was open to the top three pairs from each of the two semifinals. By reaching the semifinals, Arjun and Arvind have accomplished the best-ever Olympic result for Indian rowers.
Arvind serves as the team’s stroker while Arjun serves as the bower. Last Saturday, the two tied for sixth place in their heats. Two rowers in a sculling boat, each with two oars, compete in this rowing event.