Rio Olympics 2016: Great Britain teams into rowing finals

Rio Olympics 2016: Great Britain’s men’s and women’s eight teams and the men’s quadruple sculls team secured places in their respective Rio 2016 finals.

The eight teams both won their heats, the men leading from the start in a dominant display.

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The women’s team were third at the halfway mark but finished strongly to beat New Zealand and Canada.

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The men’s quadruple sculls team were second behind Germany in their repechage to progress.

They knew anything other than a top-two finish would see them eliminated and Angus Groom, Peter Lambert, Jack Beaumont and Sam Townsend responded to the pressure to reach Wednesday’s final.

“The GB team put themselves under a lot of pressure and they delivered,” said BBC pundit and double Olympic rowing gold medallist James Cracknell.

“It was a big race for them. They can now regroup and get ready for the big one in a couple of days.”

The performance of the men’s eight – Paul Bennett, Scott Durant, Matt Gotrel, Matt Langridge, Will Satch, Tom Ransley, Pete Reed, Andrew Hodge and cox Phelan Hill – will give them high hopes of winning gold.

“Their win was the textbook way to row a heat – lead from the start, dominate through the middle and just watch as the other teams battle it out,” said Cracknell.

The women’s eight of Karen Bennett, Olivia Carnegie-Brown, Jessica Eddie, Katie Greves, Frances Houghton, Zoe Lee, Polly Swann, Melanie Wilson and cox Zoe de Toledo were third at the halfway mark before overhauling their rivals.

Cracknell added: “The GB women’s eight responded incredibly well. This is going to give them a huge amount of confidence.

“They kept themselves very cool. At one stage it looked like Canada could have been racing New Zealand but to win the race after being down shows they have the resilience.”

Source: http://www.bbc.com/