Kim to make rowing history

KIM Crow's bid for Australian Olympic rowing history begins on the water at Eton Dorney today.

The 26-year-old is set to be the only rower in London contesting both the single and double sculls, and she's the first Australian to ever do it at an Olympic Games.

Her bid for glory starts with the heats of the women's single, an event Australia has never won.

Crow will be keen to finish in the top three of her heat to avoid a repechage, something which will help her save some energy when you consider her greulling schedule includes rowing a minimum of six races in the eight-days of competition.

The women's singles heat start at 10.30pm AEST, but there is plenty more on the menu for rowing fans before then with coverage starting at 6.30pm.

Crow's single is one of seven Australian boats rowing on day one of the Olympic regatta with the men's double scull defending champions Scott Brennan and David Crawshay also in heat action.

The world champion men's lightweight fours and quad sculls crews, women's pair, women's quad, men's eight and men's pair will also be on the water.

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