Rowing: United States extend unbeaten run with gold in women's eight

Sat Aug 13, 2016 2:02pm EDT
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By Amy Tennery and Angus MacSwan

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The United States' women's eight powered to the gold medal in the Olympic rowing regatta on Saturday, extending a 10-year unbeaten run.

The crew came into the 2016 Games as massive favorites, appearing unbeatable after winning gold at both the 2012 and 2008 Games.

After trailing Canada and Netherlands in the first half, the U.S. crew took the lead in the third section of the race. The British team came good in the last stretch to claim silver and Romania made a late surge to take bronze.

The United States finished in 6 minutes 1.49 seconds, 2.49 seconds ahead of Britain.

This was the Americans' third Olympic gold in a row. Under coach Tom Terhaar, they have been unbeaten for 10 years and won all the world rowing championships and Olympic Games during this period.

"I was hyperventilating. It was so amazing. To do this with everybody in our boat is so special," said U.S. rower Amanda Polk, after claiming victory.

"Born in the USA" played over loudspeakers as American fans reveled in their country’s first rowing gold of the Rio Games.

At a post-race press conference, Eleanor Logan, who also won gold with the team in the 2008 and 2012 games, heaped praised on her fellow crew members, saying they had motivated her to improve on her own skills.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Rowing - Final - Women's Eight Final A - Lagoa Stadium - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - 13/08/2016. Emily Regan (USA) of USA, Kerry Simmonds (USA) of USA, Amanda Polk (USA) of USA, Lauren Schmetterling (USA) of USA, Tessa Gobbo (USA) of USA, Meghan Musnicki (USA) of USA, Ellie Logan (USA) of USA, Amanda Elmore (USA) of USA, Katelin Snyder (USA) of USA pose after winning gold medal. REUTERS/Murad Sezer