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Saturday, 7 July, 2001, 18:08 GMT 19:08 UK
Redgrave stars at Henley
Steve Redgrave (second right) led Leander to victory
The Leander team head for Sunday's final
Olympic hero Steve Redgrave has led his Leander team-mates to Sunday's coxless fours final at the Henley Royal Regatta..

Redgrave's team beat their nearest opponents the Upper Thames Rowing Club and Royal Navy team in the semi-final heat by five lengths.

The four were tipped to break the record time on the 2,300-metre course before the start of the race but finished 57 seconds behind it.

The Leander Club had earlier won both of their morning races.

Steve Redgrave powers on for Leander
Redgrave in action for Leander

It was a close-run thing between Leander and the Tideway Scullers' School `A' boat in the men's quad.

Both boats went off at a hectic pace, with Leander able to respond to every assault on their three-quarter length lead for the win.

Poland's Olympic champions Tomasz Kucharski and Robert Sycz claimed victory in the double scull race.

The pair flew into a four-length lead by the quarter-mile mark and were able to reduce their rate to a strong paddle and finished the race in a time of eight minutes and 45 seconds.

British duo Richard Kelly and Mathew Crocker, representing The Tideways School, finished second.

The Fawley heat proved to be a much closer race as the Tiffin School were defeated by the Australian crew from the Sydney Rowing Club.

Although Tiffin went off fastest, a navigation error saw Sydney take the lead and they extended it to a length with an easy rhythm.

Tiffin fought back to close the gap from a three-quarter length to just three feet towards the end of the race but their efforts were in vain.

Durham University `A' did have reasons to celebrate however after they held off the challenge of Imperial College London to win in the Britannia Challenge Cup.

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