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Australian crews outstanding on Day 3

30 July 2012

ROWING: Four Australian crews were in action on Day 3 of competition and all progressed well with the women's quad scull, women's double scull and men's four outstanding. Conditions were fast at Eton Dorney under sunny skies and with a strong tailwind down the 2000m course.

Women’s Quad Scull
The Australian women’s quad scull were the first crew in action and in super form winning their repechage and progressing to the final on Day 5 in fine style.

The crew stroked by Kerry Hore led from the outset to lead China narrowly after 500m. The United States made their move in the second 500m and then it was a two-crew race from there.

As the Americans kept pushing the Australian crew matched every move and won by half a length in a time of 6:18.07under sunny skies.

Men’s Eight
The men’s Eight raced next in their repechage and also qualified for the final but did it tougher placing fourth to claim the last spot in the final.

The Great Britain crew took a strong lead early with the Australians third at the 500m. At halfway they were 2.6 seconds behind. They were third still through 1500m with Canada, Australia and the Netherlands trying to peg back the Brits. The Dutch crew finished the stronger relegating Australia to fourth in 5:28.67.

Women’s Double Scull
Brooke Pratley and Kim Crow controlled their heat beautifully to be in touch at the 500m and move to lead from Poland at half way. At the 1500m they were 0.9 seconds ahead of Poland with the United States in third. The Australians then pulled away to win by a boat length in 6:48.80. They moved straight into

Men's Four
The Men's Four made a statement in their heat winning in an Olympic best time of 5:47.66. Stroked by Joshua Dunkley-Smith the Australians were over four seconds ahead at half way and powered to the win. They will race their semi-final on Day 6. Their Britsh rivals won heat 2 on 5:50.27.

Andrew Reid

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