Indian rowers Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh make way to the semifinals for the first time in Olympics

Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh clocked 6:51.36 to finish third in the repechage round and qualified for the semifinals of the Olympics.

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Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh made their best performance in Olympics in men's lightweight double sculls. The duo clocked 6:51.36 to finish third in the repechage round and qualified for the semifinals of the Olympics. Arjun was the bower, and Arvind was the stroker trailed till the 1500m mark. They both raced till 500m to secure the fifth position. 

Reportedly the duo followed their coach instructions to get the best position for India. Though rowing is not a very popular sport in India, Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh getting into the semifinals is a big motivation for the duo.  It is for the first time Indian rowers have qualified for the semifinals. No other team has yet made it to this level in the Olympics. The semifinals will have two races of six boats each, and the top three from each semifinal will be going to the finals. 

The event consists of two rowers in a sculling boat using two oars each; the long, narrow, and broadly semi-circular in cross-section boats help to reduce the drag. The maximum weight for each male competitor is 72.5kg, and the average weight cannot exceed 70kg.