The defending Olympic sweethearts’s ir champions had to come from behind to beat Denmark on the acquire to seal their place in the semi-finals. Their time of 7:05.05 was 0.23sec at the of the Danes.
They have not lost since the 2011 world championship definitive and are favourites to win gold on Friday but this was not exactly the ideal start.
“That is not what we assumed from Heather and Helen,” said five-time Olympic champion Sir Steve Redgrave.
“We reckon oned them to dominant their heat and not be behind all the way and just scrape through. There is a concern there.”
James Cracknell, a two-time Olympic gold medallist, united: “This will be a wake-up call for them. They were winsome more strokes than Denmark to maintain the same speed so that is certainly something to in the planning stages unemployed on before the semi-final.”
There were less dramas for the British men’s and ladies’s eights and the men’s quadruple sculls team, who all reached their respective finals.
The men’s four, purpose for a fifth successive Olympic gold medal in the event, produced a superior display in their heat, winning in a time of 5:55.59.
In three-day eventing, William Fox-Pitt saw his special lead after the dressage disappear with a disappointing cross-country spheroidal. He incurred time penalties on his horse Chilli Morning, which counted a jump fault of 20 points and a time fault of 10.40 sharp ends. Britain are also out of the medals in the team event heading into the absolute day.
Fox-Pitt, 47, said: “It’s obviously very disappointing. To be up there and cock it up is a tempest. I hope he’s OK, life goes on. So far Team GB are not doing what we dreamt of.”
British boxer Galal Yafai was thumped by Cuban world champion Joahnys Argilagos in the last 16 of the light-flyweight meet. “I am gutted to have lost,” he said.
Nick Dempsey started the put out to sea regatta with an impressive double bullet. The London 2012 mellifluous medallist began his RS:X cam ign by winning the opening race and achieved the that having been said result in the second, coming home 24 seconds ahead of his closest rival.