Rowing ends with thrills aplenty
By Angus MacSwan and Amy Tennery
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - In a spectacular final day of the Olympic rowing regatta on Saturday, the United States reasserted their extraordinary dominance in the women’s eight, powering home to a third consecutive gold.
In the men’s eight, Britain overcame defending champions Germany, a result that put Britain on top of the rowing medals table with three golds.
But while the Americans extended their unbeaten run, the most thrilling race on the sun-dappled Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon was the men’s single sculls.
In an incredible finish, Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand and Croatia's Damir Martin crossed the line at the same time as Martin appeared to pull past the defending champion. With the two rowers asking each other who had won, the gold was eventually awarded to Drysdale by a photo finish.
“It was an agonizing wait,” said Drysdale, who collected his second gold and third medal in the event.
In the day’s fourth final, favorite Kimberley Brennan of Australia comfortably won the women's single sculls, leading from the start to add the gold to the bronze she claimed in London.
Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” blared from the lead speakers after the U.S. women's eight team crossed the finish line, winning the United States’ only gold in the regatta.
Under coach Tom Terhaar, the United States have won 10 consecutive world titles in the event. Continued...