Aug 31 2012 By Zhen-Kuang Goh
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NAOMI Riches is through to the Paralympic final in the mixed coxed fours rowing event after her ParalympicsGB crew won their heat this morning.
The Harrow Weald star teamed up with James Roe, Dave Smith, Pam Relph and Lily van den Broecke to win Heat Two by nearly five seconds from the United States.
By doing so, the crew are straight through to the final along with Heat One winners Germany – who won their heat in a new world best time – while everyone else will have to come through a repechage round.
And while the GB crew set only the fourth-fastest time of the twelve boats, as Ukraine and Italy set better times in the faster first heat, they are guaranteed a shot at the medals and will not have to worry about tomorrow's repechage races.