Tokyo Olympics: The dominance of Team GB’s four rudderless four-rowers ends when they finish fourth

Team GB’s four-man rowing dominance ends as they finish fourth at the Tokyo Games, ending their quest for a sixth consecutive Olympic Games gold… and nearly bumping into the Italian quartet at the finish.


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Britain’s reign on the waters of the coxless four came to a disappointing end as they finished outside the medals.

Team GB quartet of Sholto Carnegie, Oliver Cook, Rory Gibbs and Matthew Rossiter were among the favorites for the gold medal, but they finished fourth.

It puts an end to British dominance in this event – which has won gold at every Olympics since 2000.

Team GB's Olympic dominance of the coxless four rowers is over after finishing fourth

Team GB’s Olympic dominance of the coxless four rowers is over after finishing fourth

Australia took the gold, Romania took the silver and Italy took the bronze – but the latter have every right to feel cheated when the British quartet nearly crashed into them at the end of the race, giving them the chance to win a silver. medal were denied.

Previously, there was a similar torment for the ladies four of Team GB of Rowan McKellar, Harriet Taylor, Karen Bennett and Rebecca Shorten.

But their disappointment was joy for the Irish quartet of Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Fiona Murtagh and Emily Hegarty, who won their country’s first medal at the Games by guiding the British women to bronze.

Australia claimed gold in another close finish for the Netherlands.

Graeme Thomas and John Collins narrowly missed a medal in the men’s double sculls final at Sea Forest Waterway.

The British duo did everything they could to take China for a bronze medal in the final stages under windy conditions, but failed to close the gap.

Gold went to the French doppelganger Hugo Boucheron and Matthieu Androdias, just 0.2 seconds from the Netherlands.

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