Men's Quadruple Sculls (M4x) - Final
What a race! Coming through the heats it looked as if this would be a battle between Great Britain and Germany. The Germans got out quickly and built up a half boat length lead with both Canada and Great Britain chasing hard. Without World Champions, Croatia in this event the top medal spot had really opened up.
Going through the middle of the race Germany had the lead but only just over Great Britain with Canada continuing to press. The sprint was on and Great Britain looked to be closing on Germany with every stroke. The crew of Graeme Thomas, Sam Townsend, Charles Cousins and Peter Lambert of Great Britain looked a picture of full concentration combined with the stress of workload. The concentration paid off. Germany was unable to hold off the British charge. At the line Great Britain had come through to take gold.
Results: GBR, GER, CAN, CHN, EST, CZE
Gold - Charles Cousins (GBR)
We had 3 weeks of really good training and that really built up our confidence.
Silver - Phillip Wende (GER)
It was a tough race as we had trouble this morning with the rigging of the boat so we couldn’t finish our warm up. For these conditions, we had a great race and it was a big improvement from the Europeans.
Bronze - Michael Braithwaite (CAN)
We put ourselves in a good position for the first 500. For the last 250, we put the blinders on and went for it.
On paper New Zealand had the edge after just missing out on the A-final through yesterday's repechage. Today New Zealand was not the fastest at the start, but they showed their power through the middle of the race by taking the lead. Uru, Storey, Flannery and Harris, despite being out in front, raced it to the end finishing with a long 40 stroke rate sprint.
Results: NZL, NOR, POL, FRA