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GB women's pair into rowing final

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GB rowers enjoy successful day

Louisa Reeve and Olivia Whitlam finished second in the women's pair repechage to become the fourth British rowing crew to qualify for a final.

The British duo finished behind winners Juliette Haigh and Nicola Coles of New Zealand in the four-boat race.

Team GB's other rowing finalists are the men's eight, the women's quad and women's double sculls.

In the women's lightweight double sculls, Hester Goodsell and Helen Casey won their repechage to reach the semis.

Louisa Reeve (left)and Olivia Whitlam
Reeve and Whitlam are in contention for a rowing medal
Goodsell and Casey needed to finish in the top three to seal a place in the semi-finals or face relegation to the C race and they qualified in style, comfortably beating the Greek and Cuban crews.

"I'm really pleased with what we've achieved so far," said David Tanner, Team GBs rowing team leader.

"We've shown the strength in depth again which began to emerge at the World Championships in Munich.

"Here in Beijing those who have needed to lift their standards have done so. Now we will see some fantastic racing in the next few days."

Elsewhere, the United States and Australia qualified for the men's eight final.

The defending champions edged the Australians, who had three-times Olympic champion James Tomkins on board, in a thrilling race on Lake Shunyi.

Australia were in charge coming into the final stretch but then the US, who led for the first 1,000m, responded to hold on for the line.

The two teams will face Britain and World Champions Canada in the blue riband event on Sunday along with the Netherlands and Poland, who narrowly beat host nation China.

Crew member Micah Boyd said the US were grateful for a second chance after they lost their heat to Britain.

"On Monday we raced way too high like 37, 38 (strokes per minute) and some of the guys in our stern are, like, 6ft 8in, 6ft 9in. So we went to 36, 37 and that helped us a lot and made us more efficient," said Boyd.

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"Obviously you want to win your heat but to get another race in helped out a lot."

Meanwhile, Kathrin Boron could be on course for a fifth Olympic rowing gold medal after the German guided her women's quad into Sunday's final.

Germany beat the US by around a length and will battle with Britain and China for the title.

In the final race of the day, the Chinese women's pair held off Germany to win their repechage.


Rowing medals table

Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forGreat Britain 2 2 2 6
Men's Double Sculls 0 0 1
Men's Eight 0 1 0
Men's Four 1 0 0
Men's Lightweight Double Scull 1 0 0
Women's Double Sculls 0 0 1
Women's Quadruple Sculls 0 1 0
2 also show each event results forAustralia 2 1 0 3
Men's Double Sculls 1 0 0
Men's Four 0 1 0
Men's Pair 1 0 0
3 also show each event results forCanada 1 1 2 4
Men's Eight 1 0 0
Men's Lightweight Four 0 0 1
Men's Pair 0 1 0
Women's Lightweight Double Scu 0 0 1
4 also show each event results forUSA 1 1 1 3
Men's Eight 0 0 1
Women's Eight 1 0 0
Women's Single Sculls 0 1 0
5 also show each event results forChina 1 1 0 2
Women's Pair 0 1 0
Women's Quadruple Sculls 1 0 0
6 also show each event results forNetherlands 1 1 0 2
Women's Eight 0 1 0
Women's Lightweight Double Scu 1 0 0
7 also show each event results forPoland 1 1 0 2
Men's Lightweight Four 0 1 0
Men's Quadruple Sculls 1 0 0
8 also show each event results forNew Zealand 1 0 2 3
Men's Pair 0 0 1
Men's Single Sculls 0 0 1
Women's Double Sculls 1 0 0
9 also show each event results forDenmark 1 0 1 2
Men's Lightweight Double Scull 0 0 1
Men's Lightweight Four 1 0 0
10 also show each event results forRomania 1 0 1 2
Women's Eight 0 0 1
Women's Pair 1 0 0
11 also show each event results forBulgaria 1 0 0 1
Women's Single Sculls 1 0 0
12 also show each event results forNorway 1 0 0 1
Men's Single Sculls 1 0 0
13 also show each event results forGermany 0 1 1 2
Women's Double Sculls 0 1 0
Women's Quadruple Sculls 0 0 1
14 also show each event results forCzech Republic 0 1 0 1
Men's Single Sculls 0 1 0
15 also show each event results forEstonia 0 1 0 1
Men's Double Sculls 0 1 0
16 also show each event results forFinland 0 1 0 1
Women's Lightweight Double Scu 0 1 0
17 also show each event results forGreece 0 1 0 1
Men's Lightweight Double Scull 0 1 0
18 also show each event results forItaly 0 1 0 1
Men's Quadruple Sculls 0 1 0
19 also show each event results forBelarus 0 0 2 2
Women's Pair 0 0 1
Women's Single Sculls 0 0 1
20 also show each event results forFrance 0 0 2 2
Men's Four 0 0 1
Men's Quadruple Sculls 0 0 1

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see also
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