Rowing Day 7 - Live Medals
3 August 2012
ROWING: Australia has won two medals on a sensational day of rowing action on Day 7 at Eton Dorney.
Men's Quad Sculls - BRONZE
Australia’s defending World Champion crew of Chris Morgan, Kartsten Forsterling, James McRae and Daniel Noonan has won bronze in the men’s quad sculls (5:45.22). The German crew flew led the race from the outset and had gained two seconds on the Aussies at the 1500m mark, clocking 5:42.48 for gold.
Despite a strong surge over back half of the race, the Ausies could not reel in Croatia who won silver (5:44.78).
For Morgan, McRae and Noonan it was a more rewarding result than their fourth place at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
“We definitely had that in the back of our minds and we didn’t want that place again,” Noonan said.
“I was very relieved and it was very satisfying.”
Today no crew could catch Germany.
“We wanted to give those guys a real run and win gold but threw everything at them and came away with bronze which we’re really happy with,” Forsterling said.
“We weren’t going to finish fourth again that’s for sure.
“We really talked about making the most of opportunities… We gave it everything, had a great row and great to come away with a medal.”
Women’s Double Sculls - SILVER
The women’s double sculls final was an epic Ashes showdown between Great Britain’s Anna Watkins and Katherine Granger and Australia’s Kim Crow and Brooke Pratley.
The Brits took a boat-length lead into the final 750m and although the never-say-die Aussies threw everything at them, it was a fairytale ending for Granger who finally won gold after winning silver in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
Crow and Pratley’s sensational row delivered them silver- a first Olympic medal for each. To make their near-perfect race even more remarkable, Crow is also racing the single scull event and will contest the final tomorrow.
Australia’s relatively new combination of James Marburg and Brodie Buckland put up a strong fight in the men’s pair but came up short against a dominating New Zealand pairing. The World Champions blitzed the field to take gold (6:16.65).
Silver was won by France (6:21.11) and bronze was won by Great Britain (6:21.77) with the Aussies finishing to fifth cap a gutsy campaign (6:29.28).