BBC One: Day 6: 11.30-13.00 Olympics

BBC One: Day 6: 11.30-13.00

Matt Baker and John Inverdale present rowing action, with the finals in the men's double sculls, lightweight men's four and women's eight events. With Steve Redgrave.

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on your flags now? I think John will not let this go. They are


determined to win this one. Well I believe that to you. -- leave that


to you. Here is what is coming up. We're heading back to Eton Dorney


for three finals. First up is the men's doubles sculls with Bill


Lucas and Sam Townsend. Their first season together.


Then the Lightweight Men's Four. Expect a close race in this one.


And the Women's Eight, we will hope that the cheers of the home crowd


can't spread them on in their final. -- can spur them on.


And a bit of tennis, it is quarter- final time today for Andy Murray as


he takes on Nicolas Almagro at 12 o'clock. You can watch that on BBC


Three. And the big guns are back, Victoria Pendleton and Chris Foy


among us the names on the track for the first time tonight. A very busy


day around the Olympic Park and at Eton Dorney. But yesterday around


this time was when Helen Glover and Heather Stanning crossed the finish


line to become Great Britain's first Olympic champions of 2012. It


of your lives. It is not going to be any other time, you have to


produce it now. Brilliant!


I was sitting behind Heather and I said, I cannot believe it. We did


it. It is a proud moment for the whole family. If you work hard and


try your best, absolutely anyone try your best, absolutely anyone


can do anything. Just incredible scenes from all


over the world. Those pictures also from Camp Bastion cheering on their


captain. But there is a lot of sacrifice that goes into these


Olympic medals. Not just the training and the hours put in but


also the family and friends and the support that goes along with that.


And that is the beauty of the home games, having that support so close.


And earlier John Inverdale was invited to a very special barbecue.


Well they have spoken about their friends and families and here we


have three parents who know all about the agonies and ecstasies of


having an athlete in the family. Your son began running at Eton. But


when they find themselves at a high level performance, you are suddenly


so much more involved in their lives. That is true. It starts


quite early and you realise the enormity of what they have stepped


into. In his case he went from a poor week for started at school and


within the year of him starting he was on the winning European


Championship eight. The winning crew in Munich. And then at Lucerne.


And you realise, this is enormous. And people start to expand it in


front of your eyes, saying, he has potential, he could go far. It is a


dream at that stage and you are shocked, at the enormity of what is


about to develop becomes apparent. And it ends up in a way consuming


Europe life. You are a privileged, underpaid taxi-driver most of the


time! Their dedication is fantastic, they missed out on so much for us


up and we suffer as well, getting up early in the morning, running


them around places. We paid school fees, he slept through most of the


lessons! But he is in the Olympics. Alan is a slightly more senior


competitor compared to that elite youngsters. You have lived every


race that he has rowed for more than a decade. Does it get easier?


It does not get any easier. He just found success early on in this


sport and just kept at it. His dream ultimately is to get the gold


medal in London. He's just heading towards that. By 16 he had gone on


to sixth-form college in England. So we had last of of responsibility.


And then the British army took over. And now his wife is looking after


him extremely well! I was going to say, you have done little washing


for him! That is correct, except for when we do come over and there


are these massive piles of clothes just soaking wet. But do you mind


looking after him? Not at all. I like to see more of him. I was


speaking to some of the parents from the women's gymnastics team


and they said they were just so desperate to see them. But I think


phone calls are a great as well but lovely just to have that comfort


blanket of your parents around you. Well we can cross now down to Eton


Dorney. What a morning it has been for the British rowers. The men


made the headlines at the last Olympics, but it has come as quite


a surprise that Helen Batt and Heather were the first British


women ever to win an Olympic gold medal. Sophie Hosking did so well


this morning with Katherine Copeland. What do you think it is


that is making these girls get the When you are seeing a lot of other


people in the team doing it, I think we have had good women's


taxpayers coming in before and haven't produced the goods, as a


collective group they are saying "Right, we won't have the men have


it all their own way, we will do something about it." It could come


out that the men's team might not win a gold medal and the medals


come from the women and the lightweights. OK, well, Bill Lucas


and Sam Townsend are coming up next in the double sculls and they seem


perfectly matched. They are both 6'6 and 100 kilos. We will leave it


with you to build up the tension, there is only, about three minutes


to go. Yes, I was thinking you saying that, that is a tremendous


second row pairing, I reckon, if they decide to leave here and go on


to dry land. Just on that, we used to play rugby, touch rugby at


Leander as a spare session, we organised one full contact game. I


have only ever played second ro,, we have a whole team of them.


could see you as Joanna lieu mu. Didn't Matthew Pinsent play a


number of games? For Henley. Lucas and Townsend, our second row


pairing here, who in a sense have come up on the rails a bit. We are


not thinking about them as potential med liss, this is so


wide-open, anything could happen. Our men's sculling team over the


last six or seven years have showed promise, most of the time when they


get to the major Championships that have fallen short. They have had a


rejig round, the guys were in the Quad and now in the double. But, it


all seems to be coming together here, and I think they can get a


medal here, and it would be a great boos. They haven't shown any prom


nis the World Cup races but they showed a lot of prom nis the


semifinal. There is a cheer for the British crew at the start. Because


they are relatively inexperienced, it maybe makes things easier, there


has been no expectation, everybody has spoken about everyone else.


They would be the wild card, if you like, to get a medal, were that to


happen in the next seven or eight minutes. One of the problems the


team has, they have such strong hopes in all the boats we can't


concentrate on all of them. We go to the names of the people who have


done it before and what they are trying to do is push their way in,


they are going to try and make their name now so we can't overlook


them. We expect this to be such a close race, if that is how things


pan out, what tactics would you advice the guys to employ? They


have got to be in there, I don't think they have to do anything


outstanding in the first half, but you have to be part of the race.


When the field, any six could win, any six could come last, you don't


want to throw your chances away by doing something stupid. Let


somebody else do that. You have to be aware of what is happening. You


have the Slovenian, they won this double one, the Olympic gold medal


in 2000. One of them has been in the team, this is supposed to be


his last race. He was in the pair, against me in Barcelona. Anyone,


they went outstandingly fast in the first part. Anybody could do


anything. I can't call it. They will watch with great passion there


to see if Cop goes out on a high note. Let us hope our British pair


can send him home with his tail The Olympic final of the men's


heavyweight double sculls. Great Britain under way in lane one.


Lithuania in two. Slovenia, will they do it again? Slovenia in three.


Argentina in four. New Zealand, the World Champions in the all black


strip, going through your picture there in five. Italy bring it up in


the rear, in lane six. Great Britain have taken it on in the


first 100, and they need to do that, Steve was talking about not too


much in the first 500 allow for the second, but with the tail wind, we


have a cross tail to cross head in the early stage, so that is not


going to favour the far side. So the British in the first 250.


Jumping out into this final, there is a good start. Now they have to


the allow the confidence to flow. Very impressed with the way they


went out. That was spectacular. If they can settle into something


strong here, and somehow defy the conditions that are not really best


in their favour, that would be great. But already, in lane three,


you have Slovenia, who are real, real tough racer, moving out in


front. -- racers. Slovenia will be bucked by the fact they did so well


in the semifinal to make this final. They went out hard, they led, they


were all the way through looking superb. Back on form. Remember,


they retired. They weren't going to come here but they went out here


and they are at the top of their game. We are already a quarter of


the way through this Olympic final. Listen to the crowd. That is what


they are seeing now on the big score boards, where Great Britain


are, we are into the second 500. The early race leaders Slovenia,


settling into a compelling rhythm but the British are on their tails.


Bill Lucas and Sam Townsend. Sam Townsend from Reading University


Boat Club. A great combination, remember, they have rowed together


in the Quad last year, at the World Championship, finishing seventh.


They have a good partnership going here. They need to step up and step


on. They slipped back a little bit there when everybody pushed on, but


they reacted well, and they have pushed back again into a position


of contention. Very very good. In the semifinal, they, their time was


faster than Argentina who won the other semifinal. Earlier on in the


season. They beat, they beat them. So this, really, puts them in a


great position. Argentina go into second place and the World


Champions back there in fifth. Suarez, the Bowman of the


Argentineian double, started rowing in 2000. Having watched the Sydney


Olympic game, both guys, Suarez and Ross sew. They have really taken


this regatta by storm. We are at the half way mark. They led the


world, they have settled into a pretty easy rhythm here, but then


from 250 on, the Olympic champions from 12 years ago, from Slovenia,


said "Hang on a second, it is us who will take you up to the half


way." That is what they are doing. Germany are not in this final.


Australia are not in the final. So that does leave a bit of a chance.


Look at Italy. Beginning to move. Great Britain now slipping back


into fourth place. So impressed with Slovenia. Here they are, just


we are through the 1250 metres. Great Britain by no means out of


the final. New Zealand, they too starting to mount their challenge,


we are now getting towards the business end of this Olympic final,


of the men's heavyweight double scull, Great Britain have to lift


it to another level, if they are going to contend for a medal.


are up to 37 strokes a minute. They are matching the Slovenians, but


Italy have moved very well indeed. Italy have been keeping themselves


to themselves a bit. But they are shifting. Argentina showed their


hand early but Great Britain have a battle to get a medal. Here comes


New Zealand. For the very last time in this Olympic final. They go


through the 1500 metre, Italy, Slovenia, Argentina, Great Britain,


back to fifth place, we know the British can sprint. This is the


time, this is your last chance Great Britain. Up in lane number


one, use the third man in the crew, the third person, and that is the


crowd on your right hand side. is New Zealand pushing up into


third place, they are fantastic finisher, high number of stroke, I


expect them to get past Slovenia but Italy are flying. They have


been rong a long time. They are out in front. They have to watch New


Zealand. New Zealand pushing through now. Pushing past Slovenia.


Can Italy hold them off. Great Britain slipping back to fifth.


middle thousand has been a blistering one from the Italians,


in lane six. But watch out for the rocket, that is Cohen and Sullivan,


the World Champion, they sprint as they have done last time, 200 out.


It will be a mad dash for the line. Can't see that Italy is going to be


able to hold on. They just keep going. Olympic champion, when Cohen


was with another partner and they have just about drawn level. There


they go. It is New Zealand. Time to perfection here, the early race


leaders Spik and Cop are out in third. Great Britain in fifth


position now, not challenging for the medals. The drive coming hard


and fast from Cohen and Sullivan, they have got 75 to the line. The


Italians have not given up for one last push. Spik and Cop from


Slovenia. Great Britain out of the medals. The Olympic champions New


Zealand first, Italy get the silver and Slovenia the bronze, and Great


Britain over in fifth place, well that will be a disappointment for


the British double, who came into this final with such high hopes,


but we salute Cohen and Sullivan who add the Olympic gold medal to


their World Championship gold medal of last year. And they sprint to


the line, and that is what it means. That was a fantastic result. They


were very ill in Lucerne, they came 12th, the New Zealanders and nobody


knew what they caught on the plane coming over. They recovered, they


finally got back to second, in Munich. World Champions Olympic


champions. The fairytale was not going to be for Spik and Cop, 12


years after they won out in Sydney. But Cohen and Sullivan, well, they


have been fantastic in the last two years at the major Championships.


It is all come down tho one race, this one moment in time which will


live with them for the rest of their lives. They can call


themselves Olympic champions. Hopefully the British double can


have another season or two together, just to develop them. The Italians


were in that sort of, into 1500 the Italians really launched everything,


they gave it their all. There was a moment there where we thought


perhaps, a bit of magic from lane six. It was their best boat, I


think. It is their best boat and maybe the pair as well. But this


was a top, top boat, look... It is brute force isn't it. Look at the


work they are doing. Well, they are over in first place. Sullivan, yes,


they have it. Where's the line. There it is, we are Olympic chap,


the realisation dawns and with it, a job well done. A great journey


for Cohen, he was with the great single sculler four years ago and


it all went wrong for them. He has come back and he has won this


Olympic Gold. Great Britain top left of your picture coming in, in


fifth. There is gold for New Zealand, silver for Italy. Slovenia


getting the bronze. I am waiting for the caption to confirm as the


crews come in. There it is. New Zealand gold. Italy in silver,


Slovenia in third. Great Britain in Slovenia in third. Great Britain in


fifth. Well it wasn't to be. Maybe perhaps we had built them up too


much in hindsight. It is easy in hindsight. Any of those six boats


could have won. I think that they were isolated out on the other side


once they got into the race, of Lithuania, slid back quickly and


they didn't have that direct contact with one of the fast boats


and they saw the action on this side, which, don't want to say


about the wind, but the wind is going straight across at the moment,


if that turns a slight head, that will be an issue for there, but I


love what I love about double. It is about smooth, being no


aggression, of being in harmony with your boat, and the New


Zealanders there, it was just sheer brute force, and the heads down and


just everything they could present, the way they were bouncing the boat


and forcing the power through, they had no idea of where they were and


suddenly looked up, and looked round and saw they have a gold


medal. The Italians knew where they were, the poor Italians, stroke, I


have been looking at him. If we have a 100% of energy to give at


any one time he gave one 100% and he has nothing left. He was gone,


absolutely gone, and you know, but was elated to have won a silver.


You go flat out, for about 45 seconds, and then you get into


oxygen dep. So people putting efforts in at different stages, the


Italianed hat an amazing move. Took on the Slovenians, took the lead


and you thought that is it. They The Kiwis found some energy from


somewhere and blasted it out. look ahead to the next race, the


men's lightweight four. We have genuine medal prospects, gold medal


prospects. It is eight minutes from race time. What's happening at the


moment with them? They almost finished their warm-up, they'd be


out on the water for 20 minutes. They've been going through their


routines, what they've practised four, staying calm and concentrated


on what they are doing. They know that lightweight rowing is always


very tight in coxless fours, especially Olympic finals. They


know they are favourites, they just have to stay with it, make sure


nobody takes them by surprise. They show such confidence in what they


are doing. You are talking about such small margins in a race. In


their semi-final, they looked so relaxed when they were in third


position. They knew they were going to squeeze a bit more power on and


move back through everybody. You got this sense of confidence about


it. It's that confidence which is going to float them through and


bring them through to crossing that line first today. We've had an up-


and-down day as far as British rowing is concerned, Sophie Hosking


and Kat Copeland were a hugely impressive in their race. We hope


we can play the interview with the girls and a few minutes. Sophie was


talking about an inner calm, and a calm assurance. If you have that,


it means that the enormity of the situation doesn't take over you.


their semi-final, grease seemed to jump out and take the lead. What


they normally do, I'm a bit concerned about this, I'm not quite


sure, are they going to get into the semi-final? -- the final? It is


that their calmness and sticking to their routines, they are coming


through this. It shows you the strength and depth. One boat starts


doing well because they all work on percentage times of their boat


speeds compared to the others. One vote as well, then you start to


think, we should do well against them as well. Matthew Pinsent was


watching the guys as they took to the water. This is our men's


lightweight four, of Chambers, Chambers, Williams and Bartley.


Let's walk down with them and their coach, who is carrying their blades.


A lot of people have been asking about steering in a coxless boat.


This is the coxless four. The steering is operated by one of the


guys. I don't know who is Deering in this coxless four, it's one of


them with their feet. There is a little rudder attached to the stern


of the boat by the Finn. It is the surface area of a matchbox. There


are two rather wires, they run up into the boat and operated as


someone's feet. I have the job of steering in Athens. It is a


nightmare because you are facing backwards and have got to Steer


this boat perfectly straight from start to finish. You know,


especially in an event like this with these guys, tiny margins are


going to come into play. In Athens, we run - but we won our race by


this much. Thankfully, I steered a decent race. Hopefully these guys


can steer well, row well and have more than a decent race. It's going


to be very tight. How important is the draw in this


race? I think all of them are going to be in with a shout. It doesn't


make much difference from that point of view. In theory, the


fastest Crusat in the middle, but all of them that are going, we've


seen lightweight coxless fours many times, you can throw the blanket


over them. I think people would prefer to be on this side with the


crosswind. But if it changes a few degrees then it favours the other


side. Probably in the middle is the best place to be. We mentioned this


earlier but it's worth repeating again, about the dynamic in a boat.


You have a pair of brothers in their, and sibling rivalry and


bonding is always an interesting thing, whether it's the rugby field,


tennis court, whatever it might be. They are together with two other


very determined and positive individuals. How important is it


that the four people are mentally totally in tune? Mentally and


physically. You've got to be in tune completely. You can put the


four best lightweight rowers in the world in and it doesn't make it the


best lightweight four in the world. If you go back to our lightweight


four in Sydney, the combination we had and seats that we sat in, we


tried other seats and it didn't work. It didn't have the magic


ingredients. If I knew what that was then I would bottle it and sell


it. The fact is it comes down to trial and error. We did swap around


quite a lot. Normally you put your biggest, strongest guys in the


middle, the heavyweight rowers, and the little ones at either rent. We


had a very big dynamic going that pushed us along all the time.


you have to like each other or is it about respect? I think there's


got to be respect there. If you don't respect the people that you


are with, but also Trust, you've got to trust them when you are


under pressure. You have to know that what you are going to put in,


everybody else is going to be putting that same commitment in.


They don't have to be your best mates, it doesn't have to be as


important as that, but you have to have that trust and relationship.


When you're putting your life on the line, that everyone else is


putting their life on the line as putting their life on the line as


well. There's the big shot of the big lake, the big clouds and the


big stands and the big occasion for the men's lightweight four. That is


the picture that seven or eight years ago everyone envisaged in the


shadow of Windsor Castle, they envisaged this being one of the


great symbols of London 2012. As we pan out across Windsor Great Park


and find ourselves at Dorney Lake, I think when the story of London


2012 is rate in 12 days' time and obviously post Paralympics as well,


the pictures of Eton Dorney will be some of the most dramatic, not


least because the grandstands have been absolutely packed to the


rafters every single day, and also, without tempting too much fate,


Great Britain will have enjoyed a huge amount of success. Let us hope


that in the course of the next seven or eight minutes, our gold


medal tally will rise from one to two. Are you confident? I am


confident. I'm not Supreme the confident because you can never be


with lightweight fours. We've got over two minutes to go because the


clocks that hold the bow Strait haven't come up yet. But they are


certainly getting ready. Adrenalin will be pumping. Hopefully a very


good race. That sky looks like a painting, but this is very much for


real. The final of the men's lightweight four. Great Britain


favourites to win. But there are no certainties in sport. Let's join


the water. There's a definite cross wind coming in, slightly ahead on


the start here. Your thoughts on how that is going to affect the


crews in the opening stages. It's difficult for the cruise up in the


top lanes, won an two. And against the very fastest crews of Denmark


and South Africa. Great Britain is in the middle, they are pretty


Just a moment there as they come up on the big screens that adorn the


finishing area. Great Britain will be in lane three. Their arch-rivals,


and unleash them. This will be right on the edge of our seats stop.


the Olympic Games 2012 men's absolutely flown like a rocket in


the first 150. That is the way they row. High numbers of strokes,


that's how they train. They will keep on like that. They have


Everson, three-times Olympic champion. Great Britain settling


into their rhythm. Probably able to handle the water well because they


neatly and pretty quickly. South screw early. They jumped out, Great


Britain, in Munich, meaning all of these crews and Great Britain did


that by taking the first 500 out ahead of everybody else. That gave


the enough distance to come into a solid rhythm in the second 500. We


are now seeing that happen again, but this time it is Denmark doing


that. Great Britain are beginning to try and stretch out their


fantastic rhythm that they have developed. The two chambers


brothers, from Northern Ireland, sitting there. Peter Chambers was


ill in the CERN when they came sixth. When he came back in Munich,


they won there. They've been looking Supreme ever since. They've


got length, power and tremendous finishing speed. Now they've got to


work their way back from quite a long way back in the field to get


back on terms with Denmark. Denmark will be hard to turnover, Australia


as well. Australia haven't had a great season, but they are just


stretching out. The Netherlands look like the early victims here at


a speed out to the halfway line. Not living with it in lane two


mackerel. Great Britain is tucked in amongst it. They've still got an


the bronze medal position. Not a bad start at all. We've got two


brothers, Pete Chambers and Richard Chambers, Racing for Great Britain.


The last time we had two brothers Racing for Great Britain in an


Olympic final was back in 1992 in Barcelona. We all know what


happened there. It took a big finish. This crew here are capable


of a big finish. They will be requiring a big finish. You were


there in that boat with the brothers. What have they got to do,


because they are quite a long way back? The Danes are really


responding well. They made a push their. Now they are coming again.


My goodness, you don't turn those you do in the British boat? You


churn them out. Keeping it long, keeping it relaxed. The British are


looking very well here. They are ready to jump when we get to the


last time in Mark, the 1500. They are looking calm and relaxed. The


others did get out faster and they are relying on that, they are


relying on the fact they've got the Australia and Great Britain. The


Danes have led this right from the first stroke. We can get into the


danger zone. Great Britain, led by Chris Bartley, brings his men right


up on to the boil. Here come the British lightweight four. They are


going to be met by a wall of noise from the British crowd. You have a


South Africa there as well. This is a tough event. They have now got to


turn it up. They've got a big ask here. Can they make it? The British


crew with 25 strokes remaining. Surely they are now looking the


stronger. One big push and the crowd are on their feet. 20 strokes


to Olympic history. Look at them move into second place. They have a


quarter of a length to go on the line. They are not going to do it,


South Africa are Olympic champions, and we will have to wait for the


confirmation. Great Britain get the silver, Denmark get bronze. It was


a valiant effort from the British four. Well, it is jubilation in the


South African boat, and it will be a little bit of disappointment, the


worthy silver medal for Great Britain there. They were called to


the line, they gave absolutely everything, for themselves, for the


team and for Great Britain. What a superb performance from South


Africa. That was absolutely stunning! The Danes did everything


they possibly could to get out there, their lead from the start,


that is the way they race. But what a performance from South Africa air.


Great Britain went out to slow, they were a little bit slow, they


left themselves with too much to do early in the race, and I had to


come through very, very hard and in the water and getting it pushed


through the line. With 100 out, we thought it was Great Britain's, but


it is not over until you get well and truly over that line. Fantastic


there, but it was controlling that middle 1,000, and they had enough


to go with it. Great Britain went, and then South Africa went with


them. It was almost like a relay, the baton was passed to South


Africa, and they had enough legs to come through Denmark and Great


Britain. Well, South Africa have always been heir, knocking on the


door, but that was an outstanding, perfectly timed race for them.


did not even know they had it over the line, they looked over to the


big screen, saw that it was South Africa at the top, and then it's


lightweight men's coxless four, Great Britain in silver behind


South Africa. We applaud South Africa, but Great Britain should be


It is all that the tiniest of margins in lightweight rowing,


especially in the fours. The Australian boat have not got a


medal at all, and yet they must have been eyeing gold for most of


the race. The British guys are silver-medallists, but they would


have wanted so much more. absolutely fantastic row, I must


say, I am sure the point will be made, there is quite a strong


crosswind, and all the crews in the finals that we saw, on his side,


lanes 6, 5, four, what they have though we are talking about in


shoes, you still felt they could do it, with the Danes leading at this


point. Dan was saying our guys did not go off fast enough, but the


South Africans were behind Allardyce. It is all about pacing


it, getting it right. It is still up for grabs at his point, any


three, with the Australians a quarter of a length out. They were


not going to be in it at all, so that is how close it can be a. We


thought they were going to win gold, so, so close, but fantastic row


from the Danes as well. They must have thought they were going to win


gold for 1850 metres, and suddenly They were celebrating that, the


stroke guy has won Olympic medals before, and when they found out


they had got a medal, I thought they would have been disappointed


with bronze, but they were celebrating. I'm not sure if our


guys are celebrating as much. are out pre-empting what they say


as they come in to talk to us very shortly, I suspect their response


will be similar to the one from the men's eight yesterday. When you set


a target there and end up there, you are inevitably disappointed. In


a sense, the Canadian 80 yesterday were jubilant because they wanted


the silver medal and got it. Yes, their target was to get a medal,


they did not think that they could win gold, let's try to get silver,


and the way it turned out they were celebrating for a long time, I am


sure they had a very good night, for then it was their gold medal.


Steve made the interesting point that it may well be the women who


have never won a gold medal before, have one on the board through Helen


and Heather yesterday, it may well be the women who are the standard-


bearers for the rowing team this year. Let's go straight to Matt


Pinsent in the grandstand. I am here with the Chambers family,


let me start with mum, I think the word was chuffed. I am well chuffed


at that, that was just brilliant, absolutely brilliant. That was a


hard-won silver, I am so delighted for those four lights, it is


brilliant. Richard's wife, you might have thought they were going


to win. It was such an agonising race to watch. Silver is absolutely


brilliant. I am so glad they are taking that home. A bit T-Ray, yeah,


it has been an emotional morning. One more question over here, sister


Becky and father Eric, what was going through your mind halfway?


They were a bit out of it. I was just beginning to wonder if they


had got it together, but they have a strong finish, so really chuffed


that they have done exceptionally well to come through and get silver.


Agonising, as is said, I could only keeps screaming, we are all


shaking! They're going to come in front of you to get their medals.


Thank you so much. Path cheers and tears in the grandstand from the


Chambers family, and down on the water's edge, what are we thinking?


That was brutal! Really, really recall. We were just fighting,


fighting through the whole lot, just to get ourselves back in


contention. We did a cracking yarn, just not great enough to get the


gold. To even get the cell was impressive where we came from,


struggling to keep with the pace. - - the silver. The first quarter of


the race, we just dug our heels in and fought really hard. Tell us


about the first 500m or so. I think we did... I think we did a


reasonable job, we were bouncing around quite a lot, into the buoys


and stuff like that, but it is a tough event, like... We wanted to


win eight gold, silver is not fantastic, but it is the Olympics,


you cannot expect anything. Oh, well. In terms of a dramatic


spectacle, it is the best race we have seen so far, which is no


consolation whatsoever, but were you thinking in the last 250, if we


can get past the Danes, we have done it? Not really, there were


three crews that were going for it. It was terrible in the last 250


metres, we were all blown out. It was just trying to get the blade in


and get on with it, the last 20 strokes. We got the silver. It is a


silver medal. Your family are exultant, so proud of you, a few


words for them. Thank you so much. Mixed emotions. Thank you to


everyone who came and support us. With the lane draw, I think we had


done ourselves to get a silver medal with a difficult lane draw.


am sure everybody in Northern Ireland is unbelievably proud of


you. Rob Kama last word, we spoke so much about this being the moment.


You have had two or three minutes, how do you feel about silver?


we wanted to win, but I mean, there is not just two cruise, we cannot


have been three lengths back and got silver. We have to be happy, it


is a home Olympic Games, and we are silver-medallists, it is not


terrible. It is a shame we did not win, but what can you do? We did


everything we could, and this has happened. Thank you very much, many


congratulations, and in thick silver-medallists in the men's


lightweight fours. -- Alan Beck. These are the winners, South Africa,


what an absolutely immense row they produced, and I think Matt is with


a proud parent from one of the members of that boat.


This is David and Daniel Brittain, tell us feel you are mother and


father to. Matthew Brittan, who rows in the number two position in


the lightweight coxless four, and we are so happy and so proud of


that whole team. He is going to have to add something after his


name now, two words, Olympic champion. Yes, gold-medallists, and


they have worked so hard for this. I am having to scratch my head, I


do not think South Africa have ever won Olympic gold. The tis the first


Olympic gold in rowing, so thank you to the whole support team,


because they have put in hours of work as a crew, but they could not


have done it without the team. South Africans bought at the


Olympics, everyone thinks about Oscar Pistorius, but this is huge.


This is massive, it is fantastic for rowing in South Africa, which


is a small sport. We are very proud of him. How was it? When they came


past you, it looked like a bun fight for every medal. We saw them


race in Lucerne, and they did something similar, they came from


5th at the second, and I knew that they could do something special, I


knew they had it in them. Enjoy the anthem, we will look for tears.


There will be plenty, thank you. Thank you very much. In the wider


context, I suppose it is good for the sport is South Africa break


their Olympic duck, because it will act as a spur for rowing in South


Africa. Definitely, very impressive, the way that they rode the last


1,000m to get back in there and then step up again in the last 500m


to pull away, very classy. When we were talking to our own crew, we


heard the New Zealand and then in the background after the repair


earlier. The lightweight double. have got the women's eight to


finish things with now, and this is not a true that we have had huge


hopes for. But given what we have just seen, I suppose they have a


chance, but actually the draw may mitigate against them totally,


given what we have just seen. was certainly favour this side of


the course, lane six. -- you would sport, we are open to the elements,


and sometimes it does come down to the luck of the draw. But the


Americans are firm favourites in this. They have been dominant at


most of the regattas. They were pushed hard by Canada earlier in


the season. Here and now, I cannot see anyone other than America


winning this. Everything else is up for grabs, hopefully our girls can


pull something together. Is it a case of going for broke and then


seeing where you are? They are such outsiders. That is what you have


got to do, you will do whatever. You cannot afford to hold back,


because there is no coming back from that. You have to be in the


race the whole time. The last final of this day's action here at Eton


Dorney, a silver medal already from the men's lightweight four, Calle


add to that over the course of the It's been an up-and-down season for


them. They finished well with a bronze medal in Munich six weeks


first in 1976 at the Olympic Games, of Great Britain have never won an


Olympic medal in the women's eight. Will it change today? This is


perhaps the strongest line-up that Great Britain have ever put out in


this event. Australia in one, Netherlands in two, USA, and


defeated in this Olympiad, the defending Olympic champions, the


current world champions, they are in lane three. Canada in four.


Romania in Fife. Great Britain in faster than they have been. That is


encouraging. But they are still lying back of the field. They have


the multi- talented Romanian squad alongside them, who have dominated


the United States, who have been unbeaten. They've got Erin Cafaro


and Logan, back from the pair. They were given a bit of a scare by


Canada in Lucerne, where Canada pushed them via a quarter of a


horses on the Olympic side of things. They came second four years


ago in Beijing. It's a different line up this time around, apart


from the row in the stroke seat. But they always raise their game


coming into an Olympic season. Canada in amongst it all in lane


four. These three crews led by the United States of America, just


starting to ease out now. The British moving not as well as we


would expect. They should have the benefit of the better of the lanes


here with a slight cross breeze. Mary Whipple driving the women's


eight. She's already a recipient of won Olympic gold medal and one


silver medal in her career. Four times world champion. Phenomenally


Now they've got their strongest people back in the boat, they've


got the measure of Canada and I would not expect Canada to be able


to do what they did in Lucerne and position. The real disappointment


here is that the Netherlands are third. Great Britain had the better


of The Netherlands six weeks ago when I last came together. The


British crew finished third, one place ahead of Netherlands.


the second half here, they could be ahead of Australia and hot on the


holding this altogether. It is going to need fireworks and they


will have to happen soon because stages of this Women's Olympic


final in the women's eight. The USA have looked so impressive ride from


the very first stroke. They lead Canada by three-quarters of a


length. Great Britain are coming through in sixth position. The


fight at the moment for Great Britain is for fourth. If they can


spend the next two 50m getting into fourth, they can then perhaps start


the line. Romania are surely too canny to be caught here. But maybe


not canny enough to get back into a of the race here. The USA continued


to lead by three quarters of a length. It is Canada, a little bit


more of The Netherlands. Those Canada are really fighting back.


They've got too much to do. Not that they could have done much


anyway, but they've got too much to do. BUSA making it an undefeated


row for the last four years. -- the USA. Now the Olympic champions


the way through this season. Since we last saw this boat performing at


its very highest level in Beijing in 2008. Twice now Olympic


champions in the women's eight. The United States of America. A good


move to put their pair of Erin Cafaro and Logan back into the


eighth. Took them out of the pair with their results. The Dutch


always come right. The timing is so good at the Olympic Games. They


really do know how to come on to the boil here. They were silver-


medallists last time around, they are bronze medalists today. You saw


that their fifth place, but perhaps live. Everybody gave all they had


to give but in the end it wasn't good enough. It's certainly what we


thought coming into it on performance they've shown. It will


be very tough to get back to being up with the Canadians and the


Americans. I thought the Americans for three-quarters of the race were


fantastic. I think they knew they'd probably won it but they still had


to travel that last 500m to cross the line to take the gold. They've


been the outstanding crew over the last four years. The girls will be


disappointed. Bronze-medallists last year. They would have liked to


have been in that position or better at this time. If you are


wondering why we only spoke to three of the four and the


lightweight four, Chris Bartley was in a bad way at the end of that


race and was helped off the pontoon with medical assistance. I'm sure


he is fine now for the medal ceremony. But rowing does provide


perhaps almost more than any other sport, people who have given


everything and have nothing left to give. It does drain you, that's


what I've been saying in the semi- finals. You don't want to go that


deep because that takes a long time to recover from. But when it's in


the final you don't hold it back. You just give it and give it and


give it. We saw how close it was. Any slight mistake for any sort of


tiredness of some sort, of not being able to dig deep, you are not


going to be able to cross the line in the position you wanted to. They


gave it everything. It will take them a long time to be revived from


that. In Sydney, we had a little time to paddle around before we


came to do the media interviews. Just to be able to get a bit of


movement into your legs helps. Coming straight round into the


media pontoon, just utter exhaustion. IStop 12 years ago and


I can still remember what it is like. Is it your lungs bursting,


your head pounding, your thighs burning - what is it? The simple


answer is yes. Your lungs and legs. You're better off standing up. Even


if you are leaning on somebody pretty hard, just keeping those


legs moving, getting the movement back into the muscles, getting the


blood flow going and getting rid of the lactic acid. A lot of people


talk about lactic acid, but that is what it does. It sees as you are


completely. Chris Bartley is back on his feet now. They are waiting


for the victory ceremony of the men's lightweight four. Sadly, it's


not the victory that they will be celebrating. As we heard earlier


from Matthew Pinsent and some delighted South African parents,


for the first time ever a South African gold medal in an Olympic


rowing. Maybe in four, eight, 12 years' time, we will look back on


this day as being the catalyst for South Africa being an important


part of the Olympic rowing stage. Gary can take us through the


getting help out of the boat there. These guys gave it everything today.


They really should be proud of everything. We take our hats off to


South Africa. Stand by the way they rowed. They were so mature. We saw


them going fast earlier in the year but we didn't really expect them to


be challenging for the gold. Maybe possibly looking to see if they


could make a medal. Great Britain have been looking so strong. They


will be very disappointed because Highness Crown Prince Frederik of


Denmark lining up to give the it, but totally delighted with


their position. The stroke man is 40 years old, three-times Olympic


champion, this time a bronze- medallist. Time to retire, but what


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customary turn, they salute the crowd. It is an emotional moment.


The family in the crowd. What support they have had. Delighted by


them. Peter Chambers getting his silver medal. Listen to all of this.


Rob Williams. Richard Chambers. A great day for the Chambers family.


And the heroic Chris Bartley. What a brave man, he led his guys write


in Northern Ireland, a spectacular result for them. First medal for


Northern Ireland in role in. -- rowing. Wonderful moments there. To


bring you up to date, they are not happy with the lane order given the


conditions here and there crosswind rowing medal, it might as well be


at the Olympic Games and it might as well be gold. They were no way


in the first 1,500m. They were and there is his family. Alongside


Matt Tee in Britain, John Smith. A wonderful day for South African


rowing, a truly proud moment. A brave stroke there, when it got so


close, just one more stroke was Some great stories unfolding here


at the Olympic Games at Eton Dorney. And this is perhaps one of the


South African growing. Fantastic, this is a spectacular day for them.


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Please stand for the national A moment to savour for the rest of


their lives, the day they became Well, up from one group of Olympic


champions do another, from Beijing, because Zac Purchase and Mark


Hunter were victorious in China four years ago, and they won their


semi-final of the lightweight double an hour or so ago, and


during the course of the race you have just seen, they popped along


to have a word with us. How much did you have left in the tank at


everyone is trying to make the next step, we will raise our game for


the final, but today was quite challenging, although we did enough


to get a good lane for the final. How much did it matter to you,


psychologically, to win at race? Well, we have had a pretty dodgy


season so far, and we were out to improve every race and step on, so


that was another good win after our good heat, but we have got to say


something for the final. We are looking forward to having something


fair in the final. We were talking out at the camp in Italy a couple


of weeks ago, saying that one or two of the crews had written me off


because of the performances in the World Cup. After what has happened


here, no way, they are looking at you again, which is obviously the


objective. Yes, definitely, we had a tough heat, the Kiwis, we wanted


the French in SMEs, we got that, so we have raised two of the biggest


cruise in the events. -- raced. The Danes look quite strong, so sad


they should be an awesome final. Highly superstitious? Did you have


a routine before Beijing? Or are you blase about it? The only thing


we want to make sure we do is cross the finishing line first. Every


single race is that little bit different, everyone has its nuances,


and we are out here for another gold medal, and we will do our best


to do that. Confident? Yes. We have but two good races together, put


ourselves in a strong position 4th Given the fact that it was such a


tight race, the semi-final, how do you assess their prospects? Again,


you cannot pick out and it standing winner in that boat at the moment,


or that race, but they are in with a shout. They had to dig deeper in


the heat to get through to the semi-final, raising the world


champions, against the silver- medallists, the New Zealanders.


They have had to dig deep again, so I'm hoping that will not take it


out of them, but I think their confidence is growing each time,


because they have had such a poor season, and the more you cross that


line first, whether in the heats or the Senate -- for the semi-finals,


everybody knows the Brits are the ones they need to beat. Does the


fact that a won four years ago have any bearing on the final? Guinea on


mind, it will be, you have done it before, why can't I do it again? --


In your own mind. They can say, we have got the Olympic champions, can


we beat them? We have beaten them in international races, but this is


the one that counts, and they will be asking themselves questions.


Mentally, they will not even think about it, they will think about


their own race and not think about the other boats. Each boat will


have their own tactics of how they are going to get the best


performance out of them, hopefully crossed the line first. In terms of


experience, of course, Zac Purchase and Mark and I experienced in that,


whereas these two are not, and these are the closing stages of


manner which we could say was unexpected, which may be unfair,


but the emphatic manner of it, they were very confident, very composed


when they spoke to us later. That was hugely impressive! Here,


it was just a big relief. I think that is probably going to be the


most pressure, getting into the final, and now we can just enjoy it


and take it all as it comes. seem very relaxed. I was trying to


be! I said before, just think of it as a time trial. I was trying to be,


because I did not want to get too worked up, and I know that when we


are relaxed, we are at our best. We were talking yesterday, and we said,


if it was windy, there is a lot of pressure to get into the A final,


we will take any advantage we can get and be the most relaxed boat at


there. You have got your game based on the whole time, it is a serious


matter, there is a job to be done. I think so, I think we talk a lot


about calm intensity in what we do and when we race, we have got to


have the utmost desire to move our boat, but we have got to be calm


within that and stay in our bubble. Things will be going on around us,


but we have to be fully committed to what we are doing, and we showed


that today, so really pleased with it. Real inner confidence, I guess.


I think so, and that is growing by the day, you know, like she was


saying, that was a very pressurised race, the semi-finals is always the


most pressure, because everyone wants to make the final. At the


lanes, it is 10 times more, but we are through that hurdle, but we


have got a date to compose ourselves before the final on


Saturday. Gary was talking in the commentary about coming from the


north-east, how proud you are to be flying the flag for Teesside, a


message for people at home? Thanks for all the messages. I have had so


many messages on Twitter, texts and stuff. It is amazing, I love it. It


is just really nice, really touching, I just want to say thanks


So how to reassess their prospects? As that race started, I was really


concerned about how far they slipped back. Just sheer confidence


and composure. The Greeks have been the outstanding boat in the


category, and they just took them apart. I thought they might be able


to get a medal, but can we dream bigger? A final General point, I


know much he wants to talk about tomorrow, but we saw the South


Africans in the lightweight four, miles out, like watching Lester


Piggott 30 years ago, when you know you are five lengths adrift but you


have that innate confidence, earth How do not suddenly start pushing


and losing that written in the inner desperation? If you happened


to glance around, you think, I had better get a shift on, but you lose


the rhythm. It is all about the unity of the crew. Whatever you do,


you have got to do it together. If somebody thinks, we have got to


push harder, if they push, it breaks the unit, so it is about


having confidence, and that is where the discipline and training


comes in. The more races you have, the more situations you have been


in, the better you can react. They have not had that many races, but


to come back as strongly as that in the second half to take the gold


medal for the first time also Africa, it is absolutely incredible.


Sadly, no gold medal for us at Eton Dorney today, but we have high


hopes for tomorrow, when I think it is going to be a pretty highly


charged emotional scene. Indeed, and to pick on that point


you are making, the kind of desperation that you have got to


keep the rhythm, of course Kath Grainger is going tomorrow, three


times she has tried for Olympic gold, silver every single time, so


she is obviously going to go or gold. There is a lot of positive


feeling within the women's camp at the moment, everybody wants her to


get this. Can she deliver, do you think, under this extreme pressure?


Yes, she can keep calm. Both of them together, Anna and Katherine,


a great double together. It is a slightly different situation to


four years ago. There was a little bit of stress, not the air of


confidence about what they were doing within Nic Watt. The Chinese


had come out and surprise then, at one of the International that is,


and then they got them back. The Chinese went in as joint favourites,


and the Chinese on home water got stronger and stronger and stronger,


and our girls struggled. Still grates to have a silver, but they


could have taken gold. It is the Australians who could potentially


take their glory this time, but I do not think anything is going to


take the glory away from them this time. They are single-minded in


attitude, they are unbeaten, they have never been beaten in his


double scull, in this combination, and all of those things added


together mean it is going to be a great day tomorrow. How will she


sleep tonight with all of that on her mind? Me talking it up like


that, I do not know how I am going to sleep! They are more relaxed,


very much in control, absolutely supremely confident and disciplined.


They know what they have got to do, and it is us that have got to panic


about it! We saw your emotion yesterday, it is going to be a big


moment for you if she can grab gold. The camera is not going to be on me


at all, I'm going to be hiding. John has got that little camera, he


always turns it on you. There is no getting away from that,


it is in the contract! Thank you to both of you for all of


the action that we have seen this morning. If you would like, you can


watch Andy Murray over one BBC Three. But that is about it for as


on BBC One, a hard one silver in the men's lightweight four, adding


Matt Baker and John Inverdale present coverage of three rowing finals, with Britain capable of winning a medal in all three classes.

Rowing: 11.30 Men's double sculls final 12.10 Lightweight men's four final 12.30 Women's eight final

Rowing commentators: Garry Herbert Dan Topolski.

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