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Rowing Canada parts ways with performance directors after disastrous Rio Olympics

Will Crothers, Tim Schrijver, Conlin McCabe and Kai Langerfeld of Canada react after competing in the Men's Four Final A on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Lagoa Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Rowing Canada is parting ways with the heads of both its men’s and women’s programs in the wake this summer’s disastrous showing at the Rio Olympics.

Martin McElroy is leaving his post as men’s performance director after 3 1/2 years, while John Keogh, who has been with the women since 2010, is returning home to take a job with Rowing Australia.

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The announcements were made on Rowing Canada’s website late Wednesday.

Canada’s disappointing regatta in Brazil included just one medal – a silver from Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee’s in the women’s lightweight double sculls.

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Rowing Canada disbanded the popular men’s eight boat after finishing second at the 2012 Olympics, splitting those resources between the men’s four and the men’s quadruple sculls in hopes of doubling the country’s chances at a medal and the subsequent funding from the government-backed Own The Podium program.

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But the heavily criticized plan backfired spectacularly in Rio as the men’s four finished sixth in its six-boat final, while the men’s quad wound up eighth after failing to even make its medal race.

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