Horrie leads Aust rowers into Para finals

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Australia's Erik Horrie is eyeing a third Paralympic medal after convincingly moving through to the final of the PR1 men's singles sculls.

The 41-year-old, who has won silver at the past two Games, needed to finish top two in the five-person repechage on Saturday to progress.

Horrie smashed his personal best with a time of 9 minutes 20.61 seconds over 2000 metres - eight seconds ahead of second place to book a spot in Sunday's final at Tokyo's Sea Forest Waterway.

There he will face the formidable Roman Polianskyi of the Ukraine, who has won the past two Paralympic titles and was the fastest qualifier in the heats.

Australia's PR3 mixed coxed four also charged through to the final, winning the repechage in a new Paralympic best time.

The crew of Alex Viney, Nikki Ayers, Thomas Birthwhistle, James Talbot and cox Renae Domaschenz came second in the heat which forced them into the repechage race but they showed they will be a force in Sunday's final.

Australian duo Simon Albury and Kathryn Ross missed a spot in the PR2 mixed double scull final by less than a second, finishing behind crews from Poland and the Netherlands.

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