Men's four take silver, Crow gets bronze
4 August 2012
ROWING: Australia’s men’s four crew have narrowly missed out on the gold medal in a tremendous all-the-way battle with Great Britain at the Eton Dorney rowing site.
GB began quickly to go straight to the lead in the final and the Aussies went straight after them to set up the head-to-head battle that was expected of this race.
But the Aussies couldn’t reel Great Britain in and took silver, beaten by a third of a boat length after rowing their hearts out. The USA won the bronze.
Australian crew member William Lockwood said the Aussies gave it everything they could.
“We’re disappointed we didn’t come away with the gold medal, but we gave it 100 per cent,” an exhausted Lockwood said. “We gave it our all until the last stroke.”
Lockwood said the race was a heavyweight battle, and the crew put an enormous amount of work into the preparation.
“It was on, it was just on the whole time,” he said.
“It’s been absolutely ridiculous, the amount of time we’ve put into this,” he said. “It’s been extremely hard work, and I’d do it all again tomorrow.”
Kim Crow has rowed valiantly to win a bronze medal for Australia in the women’s single sculls final at Eton Dorney.
Crow was fourth after 500m, but then pushed forward to get locked in a battle with Denmark’s Fie Udby Erichsen for the silver medal behind runaway leader Miroslava Knapkova, of Czechoslovakia.
But Crow was narrowly edged out of silver by the Danish woman, with Knapkova a runaway winner of the gold.
In other races, Australia have missed out on a medal in the final of the lightweight women’s double sculls.
Bronwen Watson and Hannah Every-Hall finished fifth, more than eight seconds outside of the bronze medal. Great Britain won the gold medal, ahead of China and Greece.
Greg Prichard in Eton Dorney