Saturday, August 16, 2008
★ AUSTRALIA WINS TWO GOLDS IN THE ROWING! ★
BEIXIAOYING TOWN, China (AP)—David Crawshay and Scott Brennan of Australia have won the gold medal in men’s double sculls rowing, leading all the way to win in 6 minutes, 27.77 seconds.
Crawshay and Brennan led at every 500-meter mark Saturday to win a six-boat field that had no strong favorite. They weren’t very well known coming into the event, but now they have Olympic gold.
Tonu Endrekson and Juri Jaanson of Estonia won the silver medal in 6:29.05. Britain’s Matthew Wells and Stephen Rowbotham are the bronze medalists, crossing the line in 6:29.10.
Australian pair Drew Ginn and Duncan Free have won the country's sixth gold medal of the Beijing Olympics, taking out the men's pairs in the rowing.
Ginn and Free crossed the finish line in 6:37.44, just ahead of Canadian duo David Calder and Scott Frandsen, who clocked 6:39.55.
The Australian and Canadian boats were level pegging throughout the first half of the race but it was once they had passed the 1,000m mark that Free and Ginn pulled clear.
New Zealand's Nathan Twaddle and George Bridgewater finished third in 6:44.19.
It is Ginn's third rowing gold medal from as many Olympic Games, putting him on par with James Tomkins for the most gold medals by an Australian rower.