Rowing: Saiyidah Aisyah qualifies for B final of Asia/ Oceania Olympic regatta, aims for Olympic spot

File photo of Singapore's Saiyidah Aisyah at the 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014 Lightweight Women's Single Sculls Final A event.
File photo of Singapore's Saiyidah Aisyah at the 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014 Lightweight Women's Single Sculls Final A event.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - National rower Saiyidah Aisyah has qualified for Monday's (April 25) B final of the 2016 Fisa Asia and Oceania Continental Olympic Qualification Regatta.

The 27-year-old clocked 8min 13.13sec in her semi-final on Sunday to finish fourth and will advance to the B final of the 2,000 metres women's single sculls event held at the Tangeum Lake in Chung-ju, South Korea.

The A final will be contested by six rowers from Kazakhstan, South Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Iran and Indonesia. South Korea was the fastest qualifier with a time of 7:57.64.

Kazakhstan had the seventh quickest time of 8:07.12 but qualified for the A final by virtue of finishing third in the semis.

Saiyidah, the 2013 South-east Asia Games rowing champion and 2015 SEA Games double bronze medallist, needs to finish inside the top seven at the end of the regatta to earn a spot at the Rio Olympics in August.

During the earlier repechage round, Saiyidah finished first with an 8:06.23 effort.

The women's B final starts at 10.10am (Singapore time) and should Saiyidah finish inside the top seven, she would become Singapore's first rower to qualify for the Olympic Games.