T&T's rower Felice Aisha Chow during heat two of the women's singles sculls at the Sea Forest Waterway at the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan on Thursday. Chow placed fourth and qualified for the repechage. Courtesy TTOC

Rower Felice Aisha Chow placed fourth in heat two of the women’s single sculls, the opening event for T&T at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday night. She will compete in the repechage for a spot in the quarterfinals, keeping her hope alive for a medal in the event.

At the Sea Forest Waterway, Chow completed the 2,000 metres course in a time of eight minutes and 02.02, behind eventual heat winner Ireland’s Sanita Puspure with 7:46.08. Puspure along with runner-up Mexican Kenia Lechuga (7:54.21), who edged out third-placed, Anneta Kyridou of Greece (7:54.28) were the automatic qualifiers for the quarterfinals.

Chow enters the repechage on Friday (July 23) with the fastest time of the remaining rowers from the six heats aiming to fill one of the six places remaining in the four quarterfinal heats.

She will race in repechage two against three other rowers including the fifth-place finisher in heat six, Hyejeong Jeong of Korea (8:12.15), Evidelia Gonzalez Jarquin (Nicaragua), who was fourth in heat four with 8:25.18, and Esther Toko (Nigeria), fifth in the opening heat with 8:58.49.

The top two finishers in the three repechage races progress to the quarterfinals while the remaining crews compete in the placement semifinals.

Chow made her debut at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016 at age 39, to be the oldest women’s athlete to represent T&T in any sport at the Olympics and also the first rower to represent this country at an Olympic Games, placing 22nd overall

The 44-year-old Chow along with her fellow Olympic rowers will be back on the waterway earlier than previously announced due to expected adverse weather conditions on Monday (July 26).