Saturday, August 4, 2012

Rowers add to GB gold tally

Great Britain's rowers ensured they surpassed their Beijing performance with two golds and a silver on Saturday afternoon.

The men's coxless four made it four Olympics triumphs in a row with a fantastic performance. Australia pushed them all the way but Great Britain held on to the delight of a passionate crowd at Eton Dorney, with the US claiming bronze. The quartet of Pete Reed, Andy Triggs Hodge, Tom James and Alex Gregory led from the start in a hugely impressive display. Reed, Hodge and James were repeating their success of four years ago in Beijing, but the medal was Gregory's first.

"I was trying to focus on our boat," said James. "When we got off the start and found our rhythm it felt good. It started raining and I thought this is what we do every winter when we train with the rain coming down. I can't describe what the atmosphere is like. It's magic, epic and emotional." listed here, finf the best American accepted betting sites and bonuses on the web.

That race was immediately followed by another win for the women in the lightweight double sculls, as Sophie Hosking and Katherine Copeland secured an emphatic victory to take the women's rowing gold medal tally to three. China were two seconds behind in second place, with early leaders and world champions Greece in third. "I can't believe this is real," admitted an emotional Copeland. "We've just won the Olympics. I've been trying all week not to think about it because it has been making me cry."

There was controversy ahead of the lightweight men's double sculls after the race was suspended due to a problem with the British boat. They were allowed to race after a short delay and Zak Purchase and Mark Hunter were unable to retain their title, just edged into the silver position by Denmark. Meanwhile, Mo Farah goes in the 10000m on Saturday evening hoping to add to Great Britain's medal tally. He is 2.20 to win gold, with Kenenis Bekele at 4.00 and Wilson Kiprop at 11.00.