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

Team GB's "gladiators" powered their way to an Olympic gold medal in the men's eight, less than an hour after their female compatriots took silver in their event.

However, the British boat had a task on their hands if they were going to battle for gold with world champions the US, who themselves finished another three seconds ahead of Britain in qualifying. The crew of Emily Regan, Kerry Simmonds, Amanda Polk, Lauren Schmetterling, Tessa Gobbo, Meghan Musnicki, Eleanor Logan, Amanda Elmore and Katelin Snyder continues the unbeaten record in this category since 2006 under the guidance of coach Tom Terhaar.

Meanwhile Great Britain's Helen Glover and Heather Stanning's win in the women's pair marked the first time a British women's crew has defended an Olympic title, while the women's eight's silver was the first in this boat class for Great Britain.

"I was hyperventilating. It was so incredible".

"Born in the USA" played over loudspeakers as American fans revelled in their country's first rowing gold of the Rio Games. Germany closed the gap slightly towards the end, claiming second just 1.33 seconds behind the gold-medal victor. Germany and New Zealand tied for second both winning two golds and a silver.

Briton Scott Durant said his team was hell-bent on claiming victory this year. "It wasn't by any means a flawless row, and I'm sure we had more in the tank". Genevra Stone of the United States rowed to a silver medal and world bronze medallist Jingli Duan of China earned bronze.

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