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Tufte takes second Olympic gold

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Tufte wins second gold

Norway's Olaf Tufte defended his Olympic single sculls crown with a powerful victory in Shunyi.

China won their first ever Olympic rowing medal - silver in the women's pair behind Romania.

Bulgaria's Rumyana Neykova ended Belarussian Ekaterina Karsten's three-year unbeaten women's singles streak.

And in the women's doubles, New Zealand sisters Georgina and Caroline Evers-Swindell passed Germany on the last stroke to defend their title.

Tufte put some indifferent form behind him to win in six minutes 59.83 seconds.

He rang me up and asked if he could come over and chat to me -I'm really pleased for him

Sir Steve Redgrave on Tufte

He moved away from Czech Ondrej Synek, with Kiwi triple world champion Mahe Drysdale trailing in third.

Drysdale, who has been ill this week, collapsed after crossing the finishing line.

Tufte thanked Great Britain's five-time gold medallist - and now BBC summariser - Sir Steve Redgrave for his help and advice.

"He has struggled with illness and, with my chequered history of illness, he rang me up and asked if he could come over and chat to me," Redgrave revealed.

"I'm really pleased for him."

Romanian women's pair Georgeta Andrunache and Viorica Susanu secured their second successive crown while China's late surge beat world champions Belarus.

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Neykova wins single sculls




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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