Sally Kehoe took to the water in her third Olympic Games, partnering up with Genevieve Horton in the women’s double scull. After a 2nd place finish in their heat, Horton and Kehoe advanced to the semi-finals, where the Aussies were drawn in a tough race, taking on reigning Olympic Champions Great Britain as well as Poland, who had won World Cups 1 and 3 this season. The duo was quick out the start and sat comfortably in third throughout the first half of the race, led by the Poles and the British. As the crew approached the 1500 metre mark, the French began to make their move to pass the Australians. With other crews out in front, the battle came down to the Australians and the French as to who would qualify for the A-Final, with the French pipping the Australians to the post to take the place in the A-Final. Kehoe and Horton finished their 2016 Olympic campaign with a third place finish in the B-Final.
Kehoe started rowing in 1999 after she was introduced to the sport whilst at boarding school in Brisbane. Kehoe won her first national championship at the age of 14 and her first Junior World Championship at 16.
At only 21, the Toowoomba native, made her Olympic debut as part of the eight at the 2008 Beijing Games finishing sixth. Kehoe then went on to be one of only two surviving members of the Beijing women's eight at the London 2012 Games and the crew again finished in 6th place. In the semi-final of the 2014 World Championships, Kehoe and Olympia Aldersey posted the world’s fastest time in the double sculls - 06:37.310. They went on to place third in the final and take home the bronze medal. The pair also won gold at the Sydney and Aiguebelette World Cups in 2014.
Kehoe is related to Australian Olympic swimmer Susie O'Neill through her paternal grandmother. It was Susie’s 1992 Barcelona Olympics performances that inspired the then 5-year-old to become an Olympian.