Updated 11:09 a.m. with reaction from Stone
It may not have been a medal race, but this morning's "B" final was Gevvie Stone's last chance to make a statement at the 2012 London Olympics.
And Stone did exactly that.
After just missing out on the medal race, Stone, a Newton Centre native, crossed the finish line first in her women's single sculls final today. She finishes the London Olympics in seventh place overall.
“It was a great race. I wanted to come out here and put all the pieces together, row well. I was fortunate to be in lane six and I just put my race together," Stone said in a statement after the race. "I was right with everyone at the 500, which is something I have never done internationally and I just said go with it, long and strong."
Earlier this week, Stone after finishing second in her quarterfinal race. However, Thursday, just missing out on a spot in the medal race (or the "A" final).
The "B" final determines place 7-12.
Stone finished today's final in 7:45.24, beating out Donata Vistartaite of Lithuania (second place), Julia Levina of Russia (third place), Frida Svensson of Sweden (fourth place), Marie-Louise Draeger of Germany (fifth place) and Nataliya Mustafayeva of Azerbaijan (sixth place).
Stone's finish time today was not her fastest of the Olympics, but it was not her slowest, either. Her slowest time, 7:52.98, was recorded in the semifinal race and her fastest time, 7:33.68, .
"I kept pushing myself, I was rowing pretty efficiently, I think. I’ll have to ask my dad, who is my coach, what he thinks. But it felt great," Stone said. "You never know how many chances you’re going to get to row on an Olympic course and I wanted to make this one a good one.”
The women's single sculls is a 2000-metre, individual rowing event. According to the London Olympics website, the competition begins with heats where the top four rowers in each heat qualify directly for the quarterfinal rounds. The top three boats from each quarterfinal round then move on to the semifinals.
The top six rowers from semifinal A/B then move on to final A, which determines place 1-6, while the remainder of the rowers compete in separate finals to determine places 7-24.
Stone, 27, is the daughter of Lisa and Gregg Stone, who were also members of the U.S. Olympic Rowing Team. She grew up in Newton Centre and attended before moving on to the Winsor School in Boston.
Stone attended Princeton University and now lives in Cambridge. She is pursuing a doctorate in medicine from Tufts University, but has taken two years off to train for the Olympics.
You can catch replays of the women's single sculls races on the NBC website.
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