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RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Men's single sculls quarterfinals of 2016 Olympic rowing regatta took place on Tuesday when 2012 Olympic champion Mahe Drysdale from New Zealand beat runner-up Ondrej Synek from the Czech Republic in the second quarters, a replay of the finals in the London Games.


Drysdale finished the race in 6 minutes and 46.51 seconds, four seconds ahead of Synek. Both athletes went through to the semis.


""Whenever you meet Ondrej it's a battle and it's hard when you meet each other so early. You can see Ondrej didn't go the full distance, but we'll see what everyone's got when we hit the later stages,"" said Drysdale.


""It's nice to get the quarterfinals out of the way. There's not much to gain but everything to lose,"" he added.


Synek had expected the result of the race as he knew Drysdale isn't a person who wants to lose a race.


Tuesday's action also featured the quarterfinals of women's single sculls, the semifinals of the men's and women's double sculls, the men's pairs and the lightweight men's fours.


In the women's double sculls, world champions Eve MacfarlaneZoe Stevenson from New Zealand missed out on a A-final place for failing to squeeze into top three of their group.


Olympic lightweight men's double sculls champions Rasmus QuistMads Rasmussen from Denmark won the repechage to reach the semis.


""It was a little rollercoaster being there, not being there, and then being there again. We're very lucky to be here and we're very happy to be here. We really want to deserve to be here. The plan is to come back and defend the gold (won in London 2012),"" said Quist.


""We've had a hard time coming back, especially last year, being hit by injury and sickness and that kind of threw us six to nine months back in training. Yesterday it didn't quite work for us and we were maybe a little bit too eager to get going. We took the gas off a little bit in the last 500m yesterday and again today,"" Quist added.


But lightweight women's double sculls champion Katherine Copeland from Britain will have no chance to defend her title. Copeland and partner Charlotte Taylor finished third in their repechage, and will race again on Wednesday for a place in the C-final.



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Belarus continues to advocate for early peaceful settlement of the conflict in Ukraine, Makei said at the international conference One Year of Minsk-II Accords: Achievements, Challenges and Lessons Learned.


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Makei expressed the view that the dynamics of contemporary events clearly demonstrates that the ability to continue the dialogue is very important for the resolution of the conflict.


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Makei noted that in matters of conflict Belarus didn't take any position and proceeded from its national interests. "Western politicians see that our commitment is sincere, that we are not trying to get some political dividends. We are really interested in peace in Ukraine as soon as possible [url=http://www.teambrownsjerseys.com/Shon-Coleman-Jersey/]Shon Coleman Jersey[/url] ," he added.


Martin Sajdik, special representative of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in the trilateral contact group on Ukraine, said all the parties to the conflict in Ukraine viewed the Minsk talks as the only way out of the situation in Ukraine.


There is no worthy alternative to Minsk [url=http://www.teambrownsjerseys.com/Carl-Nassib-Jersey/]Carl Nassib Jersey[/url] , he said. However, despite the fact that the parties undertook a series of commitments a year ago, the conflict in Ukraine has not been settled yet.


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