Beijing, China (Sports Network) - American rower Michelle Guerette moved into the final round of the women's single sculls competition Wednesday at the Beijing Olympics.
Guerette finished second in her semifinal heat at Shunyi Olympic Rowing- Canoeing Park with a time of seven minutes, 35.69 seconds. China's Zhang Xiuyun won the heat in 7:31.33 and Miroslava Knapkova of the Czech Republic also qualified with a third-place finish.
"This is getting harder and harder," said Guerette. "I am really excited to be in the final but I'm taking it one day at a time."
Belarus' Ekaterina Karsten, a four-time Olympic medalist and a two-time winner of gold in single sculls, won the second heat. Bulgaria's Rumyana Neykova and Poland's Julia Michalska took the remaining two qualifying spots for Saturday's final.
The U.S. also placed a team in the men's pair final as twin brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss finished second in their semifinal heat with a time of 6:36.65. Australia's Drew Ginn and Duncan Free won the heat and teams from Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Germany also moved on to the final.
Ken Jurkowski of the U.S. failed to make the final heat in men's single sculls as he finished fifth in Wednesday's race. Three-time world champion Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand was one of six rowers to advance to the finals.
The U.S. women's eight team is already in Sunday's final and will be joined by Canada, the Netherlands, Great Britain and Australia, who all qualified in Wednesday's repechage.
Six teams qualified for the final in men's double sculls with teams from Australia, New Zealand, Slovenia, France, Estonia and Great Britain securing the spots.
Also on Wednesday, Great Britain, France, Australia, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Germany made the final in men's four.
08/13 06:42:44 ET