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The BBC's Ashish Sharma
with a review of the final day of the Olympic Regatta
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Sunday, 24 September, 2000, 00:11 GMT 01:11 UK
Second gold for British rowers
The GB men's eight celebrate winning gold in Sydney
The GB men's eight celebrate winning gold in Sydney
real 56k GB men's eight talk to the BBC

Britain's men's eight took sweet revenge on their Australian rivals, storming to the gold medal to close the Sydney Olympic Regatta in thrilling fashion.

Having grabbed an early lead in the final, they resisted a late surge from the Australians, who had beaten them in the heats, to claim Britain's second gold medal of the regatta.

Their victory came just minutes after the British women had claimed their first ever Olympic rowing medal with silver in the final of the quadruple sculls.

And it capped a fantastic regatta for Great Britain following Steve Redgrave's legendary triumph in the coxless fours on Saturday.

Andrew Lindsay, Ben Hunt-Davis, Simon Dennis, Louis Attrill, Luka Grubor, Kieran West, Fred Scarlett, Steve Trapmore, Rowley Douglas, had been beaten in their opening heat by the Aussie eight.

But despite being forced into a repechage, the Brits had remained optimistic about their chances and duly won their repechage in midweek.


We knew we were in front. We were just going as fast as we could. We knew we'd get it
  Fred Scarlett

There was certainly no stopping them in the final either and their victory was testament to both early speed and late determination to hang on as the chasing pack closed in.

Scarlett said of the triumph: "We knew we were in front. We were just going as fast as we could. We knew we'd get it."

Team-mate Atrill added that the British rowing team's medal heroics had "put some pride back into British sport."

It was Britain's first gold medal in the men's eight since 1912 when Edgar Burgess, Alister Kirby, Arthur Ganton, Angus James Gillan, Ewart Horsfall, Leslie Wormald, Sidney Swann, Philip Fleming and Henry Wells triumphed in Stockholm.

The British eight clocked 5:33.08 ahead of the Australian eight - Christian Ryan, Alastair Gordon, Nick Porzig, Robert Jahrling, Mike McKay, Stuart Welch, Daniel Burke, Jaime Fernandez, Brett Hayman - who finished in 5:33.88.

The Croatian eight of Igor Francetic, Tihomir Frankovic, Tomislav Smoljanovic, Niksa Skelin, Sinisa Skelin, Kresimir Culjak, Igor Boraska, Branimir Vujevic and Silvijo Petrisko took the bronze in 5:34.85.

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