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Drysdale and Martin in photo finish for phenomenal finals day

The climax of the Rio 2016 Olympic Rowing Regatta in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was nothing short of stunning. It began with Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand winning in a photo finish against Croatia’s Damir Martin and ended with Great Britain being the most successful nation in Olympic rowing.

In regatta that has had a real mixture of weather conditions, the final day of racing saw bobbly water and a small tail cross wind on the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. 

Big British day at Rio’s Lagoa Olympic rowing regatta course

In a day that saw four Olympic rowing finals, Great Britain secured two golds when they successfully defended their Olympic titles in both the women’s pair and men’s four. Un++der rainy, cool conditions and flat water finals were also completed in the lightweight men’s and women’s double sculls where the Dutch and the French prevailed.

The British men’s four has now won gold five consecutive times and the women’s pair of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning move into the record books as the only British women rowers to have two gold medals. 

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