A NEW Oarsome Foursome! Australia wins GOLD in men’s rowing at Tokyo Olympics – ending a 12-year curse to finish runner-up for Britain
The Australian men’s four rowed to a gold medal in a blood-curdling final at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Aussies went head-to-head with rivals Great Britain, who had won gold in the coxless four at the last five Olympics.
Australia had finished second to the British in the past three Games and all eyes were on green and gold to break the 12-year curse.
Closely followed by the Aussie crew, Romania followed, with Italy taking home the bronze.
The Australian men’s squad of Alex Purnell, Spencer Turrin, Jack Hargreaves and Alex Hill turned it into a gold rowing double on Wednesday morning after the women topped the podium in the previous race in the same event.
While Australia won gold in the men’s four in 1992 and 1996 to earn the Oarsome Foursome tag, Britain had won the event at every Olympics since then.
Great Britain finished in fourth place on Wednesday morning, saying goodbye to their gold medal regime.
The Australian men’s four rowed to a gold medal in a heart-pounding final at the Tokyo Olympics (pictured is team Alexander Purnell, Spencer Turrin, Jack Hargreaves and Alexander Hill)
Australia had previously won their heat in five minutes 54.27 seconds – the fastest time since Saturday’s heats.
Great Britain had rowed into the heat at five minutes 55.36, and Italy behind at five minutes 57.67.
Australia and Great Britain are the only countries to have won gold in the coxless four event since 1992.
The Australian team carried the legacy of the ‘Oarsome Foursome’, the crew that took gold at the 1992 Olympics.
Australia had finished second to the British in the last three Games and all eyes were on green and gold to break the 12-year curse
The boat consisted of now rowing legends Nicholas Green, Drew Ginn, James Tomkins and Mike McKay.
Prior to the event, Hargreaves said he and his team were trying not to let the pressure affect them.
“Everyone knows the Oarsome Foursome, so there’s a bit of pressure there,” he said.
“But we don’t really feel it.
“Great Britain has owned the event since 2000, so it would be great to take over one.”
A typhoon in Japan almost wiped out the event, but luckily for the Aussies the race went on.
Meanwhile, the women’s four rudderless women returned to the Olympic podium after a 30-year absence with the Australian crew of Rosie Popa, Lucy Stephan, Annabelle McIntyre and Jessica Morrison rowing for gold.
The Australian men’s squad of Alex Purnell, Spencer Turrin, Jack Hargreaves and Alex Hill turned it into a gold rowing double on Wednesday morning after the women topped the podium in the same event in the previous race.