Team GB have taken their gold medal tally at the London Olympics to ten after continuing their outstanding success at Eton Dorney with two more gold medals and a silver medal in the rowing.
GB’s men’s coxless four team secured an Olympic title for the fourth successive Games, the team of Pete Reed, Andy Triggs Hodge, Tom James and Alex Gregory edging out Australia in a thrilling race.
They were joined at the top of the podium by the women’s lightweight double sculls pairing of Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking, who rowed clear of China and world champions Greece to become the third female British boat to win a gold medal.
In a dramatic men’s lightweight double sculls final, Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase led throughout the race, but ran out of steam in the final 250m to allow Denmark to nip past for gold, the Brits taking silver in a race that had been restarted after Purchase’s seat broke at the start of the first run.
The latest triumphs mean GB have set a new record for an Olympic regatta, with a total of nine medals at Eton Dorney, four golds, two silvers and three bronzes. This moves Team GB up to third overall in the medals table.
Simon Paice – Head of News