Paralympian

Danielle Hansen, center, takes a photo with teammates Jaclyn Smith and Zachary Burns after Team USA was honored at a Boston Red Sox game.

After qualifying with the best time heading into the finals, the Team USA boat had another opportunity to topple para-rowing’s long-standing gold medal gatekeeper in the legs, trunk and arms four with coxswain class – Great Britain – on Sunday.

With Patterson native Danielle Hansen on board, Team USA has finished in second behind Great Britain in the last two World Rowing Championships.

And despite America’s stronger qualifying time heading into Sunday’s finals, the British boat defended its 2012 London Paralympics title with a gold medal finish at Rio, turning in a first place time of 3:17.17.

Hansen and the rest of Team USA – Jacyln Smith, Zachary Burns, Dorian Weber and Jennifer Sichel – finished 2 seconds behind the British boat, earning a silver medal with a time of 3:19.61.

Great Britain has maintained a reign of supremacy in the LTA4+ para-rowing class in recent years, earning gold in every World Rowing Championship since 2011, as well as the 2012 London Paralympics and now the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

For Great Britain, this was their third gold medal of the day in rowing contests, giving British rowers a nice haul of hardware after Sunday’s events.

For the talented USA boat, this is now their third silver medal in three years, including back-to-back second place finishes in the 2014 and 2015 world championships.

The Rio Paralympic silver medalists have finished behind Great Britain in the last two world championship races and have proved to be a top contender in the international scene.

Finishing just behind USA in third place was Canada. Heading into the finals with the second best qualifying time of all competitors, Canada crossed the finish line at 3:19.90 to earn a bronze medal.

PI sports: 892-6187 ext. 308, erick@pattersonirrigator.com.

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