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crossed that we can get more medals. It is the final day of rowing down


at Eton Dorney. Here is what is in store on the water for you. There's


been a lot of talk about whether our men's four can beat the


Australians. We will know in about Australians. We will know in about


join the golden goals macro Rowing Club? Hopes are high after their


strong qualifying round. Zac Purchase and Marchand are aiming to


defend their Olympic title on home waters. They will be in the third


final. No British interest in the single Scholes, but what about this


for a story? Katerina Costa has won in rowing medal at the last five


Olympics. At 1230 she will be going for her sixth. Later on we will see


Jess Ennis in the sixth that of her seven disciplines. She said that


the crowd carried her yesterday. Let's hope that the support can


take that javelin just that little Andy Murray and Laura Robson will


will be on Centre Court at well for the mixed doubles semi-final. Andy


Murray takes on Roger Federer in the men's singles finals tomorrow.


The flagship boat is in the rowing finals today. There's been more


twists and turns on their way to the start line then you would find


All I keep focusing on is what we do in our boat. If it pays off,


it's fantastic. The downside is if it doesn't then it would be


terrible. I've never been so focused mentally and physically on


the water. The crew that am growing in his my entire world. Hopefully


there won't be any surprises and will just be able to get down to


business. Pretty much four years ago to the day I was sitting in the


stands in Beijing, I will spare man for the rowing team then. I always


said I wanted to be an Olympic gold-medallist but I never knew why


until that point. Three of us and the boat can look back to four


years ago with first-hand experience of just how hard it was.


I never forget what we had to put into bat. Sitting in Beijing on the


start-line, I had a sense of enormous joy and feeling that what


we were about to do was not only the right thing, I was destined to


be there. I was going to make it good. Ideally, that's what I want


the feeling to be like again on the start-line. This time it seems to


have gone a lot smoother so far. I think the experience of having done


it before, it is useful because you know you've done it and you know


you are the sort of character who can sit on the start line, be ready,


race and win it. We are going to get it. They are going to be the


Olympic champions. It is Great Britain - gold medal for Great


Britain! I feel like I've really earned my position over the last


three years. I've been the consistent member in the four. I


feel in a way like it's my boat this year. But then I certainly do


see that those three are reigning Olympic champions. That puts a


little bit of pressure on me. been an event for time. There been


a few challenges, a few real high points in there. There's a lot to


take away from that. When you do have a good competitor cover


someone who has beaten us, there's a challenge there, we've got to


race our game to it. If it does pay off then this is why we do it, for


the big event. For the fact that we've got this one boat. The Aussie


pair in particular have shown to be very quick. Gold for Australia,


silver for Great Britain. Huge disappointment there. For me now,


this is a combination of 12 years' hard work. I feel like I'm very


well prepared at the moment. Just can't leading up to it. I don't


think things are going to take us too much by surprise. We've had


very open conversations amongst the four of us about the enormity of


what the round the corner. I have a three-year-old son. It's really


changed my perspective on the sport and why do things. I really want to


make him proud and make sure that he can go to school and a few


years' time and say, my dad is the Olympic champion. What is going to


make all the difference is actually being able to sing our national


anthem with the nation. Really as loud as you can, just standing on


the podium. That's what I'm dreaming of. That, for me, is going


to be the be-all and end-all of the It sends shivers down your spine.


What is the conclusion of that story? Well, the stage is set. So


let's leave the Olympic Park and fly up and out to Eton Dorney. We


will go east. The question is - what does that 2,000m track have in


store for the men's four? We've got two bronze and a gold yesterday.


Matt Pinsent is down at the start This is the start line of the men's


coxless four. The rain is teeming down. It is blowing through. The


coxless four have just completed their warm-up. They have waterproof


tops on, they will soon come off. Very stressful at this stage. They


are trying to focus as best they can. Trying to summer together the


best positive thoughts they have and think about pouring Orr years


of training into this next sixth minute race. They do at this stage


hot-water bottles in the boat. They will get thrown back. -- they do at


this stage have water bottles in the boat. You might be talking to


one another, reinforcing to each other how much you rely on them,


how much you respect them. Saying, have a good race, prioritise one


Lord two things. Four minutes to go before the race. My stomach is


turning. These guys have absolutely James Cracknell tweeted about the


weather as well and how much of a major factor that is. He seems to


think that the weight in the boat is going to be a major factor as


well, because our men's four are literally heavier than the Aussies.


Do you think that is a big factor? In a head wind, that would be a


factor. But at the moment it is quite still. We've had another bout


of rain through the start area. You can see it from here. But now it's


glorious sunshine. There isn't that much wind at the moment. The flags


are dropping. You would say it's a slight headwind but not much.


Pretty even. That is what you want. You want to make sure it's the best


athletes that win, not the conditions that take their toll on


them. Almost a funereal silence down at the start, a real sense of


anticipation. Down here at the other rent, rallying the crowd,


some friends of mine yesterday were saying how Partizan the crowd were


for Murray against Djokovic. Down here, we've had a crowd almost


encouraged to build the Australians. That's not British, we don't do


that. We support everybody. Whoever is guiding the crowd to do that,


I'm disappointed with that. Irrespective of that, this is one


of the great duels of the whole of London 2012. In the list of 10


things you wanted to see if you had a completely free roaming ticket


for the whole of the 17 days of competition, this would be one of


the events you would have wanted to see. The four guys in our boat, and


the Australian boat as well, they know how much this has been the


most hyped up and eagerly anticipated of all the races in the


entire regatta. Head and heart, our guys. It is really going to be


tough. The Aussies rolled very smoothly and strongly. We have a


bit more power. What happens is the crowd are absolutely unbelievable.


They've got to dig deep, be smooth and use their power as smoothly as


they possibly can. This really is the calm before the storm. A huge


sense of excitement, nervous excitement and anticipation. A


desire to keep the legacy going, that we feel this is the race,


above all other races, that Britain's supremacy on all of the


lakes and the world has been achieved. This is the great rivals.


Especially with Drew Ginn, he is one of the great oarsman of all


time. Coming up shortly, after we've seen the crew in lane five,


there will be the raw for a Great Britain team in lane six. After


that, who else would you want to describe a big event like this on


all of the torpor that has come from the Australian camp, which are


a way for Germany, the Netherlands, Greece, Australia, the USA and


Great Britain, the defending Olympic champions, the world


champions, coming out of the starting blocks in lane six. Cometh


the hour, cometh the man, and Great Britain have four. They will put


their lives on the line for the team and for themselves. Great


Britain were the fastest coming in here. In the semi-finals, they beat


Australia, their big rivals, that is why they are in lane six, the


fastest qualifiers. He had to wonder why Australia did not


respond in the last 500 metres, going into the final, apologies,


the semi-final. These are the two class boats. They are moving out,


Great Britain doing very well. They are using their power. Editor of


headwind. They can sit there and use their extra weight as they sit


back. They are going well. This is the best start we have seen from


Great Britain. They are coming up to the first time in mark. Job done


in the first quarter. They all through in first place, by three or


four feet, up over Australia. The confidence will build up. Great


Britain, Australia, then the USA. They are coming into the rhythm.


Andrew Triggs Hodge, if ever we need a solid rhythm, it is now.


middle 1000, that has got to be so good for Great Britain, they have


got to stay relaxed and longed for, they must not tighten up. The


Australians are very smooth and well drilled, but they are not as


powerful. That could be the difference. Great Britain in lane


six, smooth and relaxed. This is the best we have seen them, they


have brought it up on to the boil in this regatta. From six weeks ago,


when Australia beat them into second place. That was a big blow


for the British crew. They have trained hard at altitude, they went


to pre-Olympic training camps in Portugal. They have come into this


with their heads held high. They beat Australia in the semi-final,


and this is starting to develop into the two-horse race we expected.


The British are inching away, inch by inch, stroke by a stroke. It is


Great Britain over Australia. have never seen them running so


well, they are long, they are stretching out, 36 strokes a minute.


It is very good. Australia on the back for it. Already, we are at the


halfway mark in this Olympic final. It is Great Britain, Australia and


the USA. It is going to come down to two boats, and amongst the


sandwich, the USA in lane five. They must think they are in with a


chance of a medal. They keep working on either side. Peter Reed


in the second seed looking to the right. Australia, Drew Ginn in the


third seat. He is pushing on for his fourth Olympic gold medal.


Great Britain looking the part, they are looking great, but


Australia have pushed on. They are on their third 500. The USA will be


good for the bronze medal. The call Australians, will they be able to


change gear? That is what they have to do. Do they have the


flexibility? Great Britain are responding, they must not tighten


up. USA in lane five. They are pushing on hard. This will be like


a heavyweight boxing match like no other in international rowing on


the Olympic stage. 500 metres to go. A quarter of a length, the leader.


They are into their own territory, because they have got the fifth


person in the boat, the crowd. The Eton Dorney roar. Here comes the


wall of sound. They are staying long and loose, they are relaxed.


Here, Australia. Great Britain are stretching it out, 38 strokes a


minute. This is where it will matter. It is going to the wire.


Australia are still in this. They are pushing it on harder. True gent


has called for another sprint. Great Britain looks smooth and


relaxed, 25 strokes from the line. Surely, Great Britain have got


enough in the tank. One more big push from Australia. Great Britain


are 41 strokes a minute, they are charging for the line. If they stay


long and loose, they could do this. 150 out from the line. A look over


from the bow man, desperate stages. The British four are coming to


defend their title in style. 50 metres from the line. Great Britain


will be the Olympic champions in the men's four. We have done it! We


have done it in style! The Olympic champions once more! It was just a


magnificent effort here at Eton Dorney. All of the talk that came


from Australia in the run-up to this, on the day, Great Britain


performed, and these four men stepped up to the plate. That is


what it means, the elation from Great Britain. Well done, Andrew


Triggs Hodge, Tom James, Alex Gregory, Pete Reed. That was


fantastic from the start. We salute you, hats off, that was the most


consumer at preparation. That is the biggest win against their to


affect our possession that we have had in the Olympic Games -- against


their toughest opposition. The USA getting the bronze medal. Pete Reed


punching the air. Andrew Triggs Hodge acknowledges the crowd.


Sitting behind him, Tom James, and the first gold medal for Alex


Gregory in the bow seat, comic into this crew. Three of them won the


gold medal four years ago. Alex Gregory getting his first. What a


marvellous day. He is such a lovely man. So well deserved, he is the


only man coming back from the world championship last year. He was the


choice to take the pair out of the, apologies, take them out of the


pair and into the four. A stroke of genius. Cool, calm and relaxed, Tom


James in the third seat, Pete Reed making the calls, Alex Gregory in


the bow seat, the power that was required, and the relief over the


line. Great Britain are the Olympic champions. It is now three gold


medals from Team GB at Eton Dorney. What a classic display, what a


triumph. That is what it means. The crowd getting acknowledged, and


Australia get the silver, the mistake at the bronze. What a day


for Team GB. -- USA won the bronze A fantastic performance. The coach


was vindicated for taking Andrew Triggs Hodge and Peter Reed after


the pair, because he thought this was their best chance. The


Australian boat, complete desolation. They are destroyed,


because they believed, for all that happened in the semi-final,... They


are great rollers, and they felt that this was their moment, but


they have been well and truly beaten by this inestimable four,


whose confidence has never wavered, despite the fact that Pete Reed and


Andrew Triggs Hodge have not won a race for four years, effectively.


Not a major race. You wondered if that might move into their


subconscious. But the result never Road, they were smooth and powerful,


and all of the elements came together. The coach likes to lose


the last race coming into the Olympic Games, and he always turns


it around. Even though it is close all the way down, the Australians


had to do something in the middle, and they never closed back an inch.


It was fantastic rowing from Andrew Triggs Hodge and the guys, it was


smooth, strong, powerful. The boat is running well. The Australians


knew they would not have it. Half- a-length. You thought the game. At


500 metres. -- you thought it was That is when the Australians looked


at their best and classy. In Munich, they looked classy all the way. Now,


it is the other way round. It does not matter what happens in between


Olympic Games, it is what happens on the final state at the Olympic


Games. I do not think I have ever seen Andrew Triggs Hodge quite so


exultant as he is here. That is as a result of the fact that even the


slightest amount of doubt might have crept into their mind over the


last few years. I think so. Their hearts were set on trying to win


the pair, that is what they wanted to do, but after last year, being


beaten by the Kiwis in the pair, they said, we are going back into


the boat that we know, where we are the reigning Olympic champions.


They will be the reigning Olympic champions for at least another four


years. Double gold-medallists, for three of those men, and Alex


Gregory, his first gold medal. is what sport is about. This is the


Andrew Flintoff/prickly moment. Fair play, but we weren't! -- but


we were the winners! Your first Olympic Games, talked us through


that race! It was simple, it did not feel real. Going off the start,


my thought, this is it, this is happening, we just did the race.


One was just counting the strokes, 30, 60, 90. Everything fell silent


in the boat. We were in a good position, I did not look, but I was


aware where we were. It does not feel real, it does not. I cannot


describe it any more than that. did it again! Double Olympic


champion! Per cannot believe it. You run through everything in your


mind before the base, you never think about afterwards. I will let


them speak about it, I am still tired, I cannot believe it. The


hours that we do, the pain, it is all worth at the end. I said four


years ago, thank you to the Royal Navy for giving me the chance, but


all of us have got people to thank for their support. It comes from


all over the place. I am pleased we have done it. Talk to the others!


At 500 metres, it is never over until it is over, but did you think,


we have done it? I was trying just to focus. Your peripheral vision


does not go far enough, and you have got to focus on what you are


doing. But I knew that the rhythm was good. I knew it felt good, I


felt confident. Whatever happened, I did not care, it was just our


boat. It was unbelievable. It started raining, and I thought,


this is for us, this is what we do the whole winter, when it is


chucking down with rain. It was our day. I cannot describe what this


atmosphere is like two people at home. It is beyond words, it is


epic, it is magic, it is emotional, the crowd is phenomenal. It is so


exciting to be here. I am so proud. Anything you want to add? These


guys are the best three runners up Britain have, they are phenomenal.


-- best three that Britain have. It was a masterpiece. It took four


years, training every day, pulling out everything we had. It was our


finest piece. All of the support, immeasurable. Every person here


shouting, every person at home, every person who has picked us up


off the floor after training, families, friends, you cannot


imagine how big the support group is. We owe a debt of thanks to


everybody. It will be there for the next four years and the four years


after that, this team needs that support. I am so proud. Thank you


I'm the happiest man in the world. I'm blessed with these guys, the


Fantastic. That was hugely impressive. We are being told to


move you on. I'm sure we will talk later on. Fantastic.


Congratulations. Enjoy the medal ceremony. Let's hope that has


inspired the two more crews coming up. The heavyweights have kept that


tradition going of Britain being dominant amongst the big cruise. We


are suddenly finding ourselves Masters in both the women's and


men's lightweight divisions. Do macro guys weighing less than 70


kgs less, two girls weighing less than 59. Lightweights in terms of


how they tip the scales, but punching above their weight at Eton


Dorney this week. Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter can both put MBEs


following their victory in Beijing. Sophie Hosking and Kat Copeland are


a new combination who have come to the fore this summer. But all four


share a common belligerence and When you sit on that start-line,


history is forgotten about. It's what you do in that 2,000m race.


The rest of your life will be dependent on it. I am quite a


focused person. To be honest, I don't think I'd want to row in a


boat with myself. Orr athletes from very different backgrounds, too.


The Olympics are in hunter's backyard, or at least they would be


it the rowing lake was in the East End. He qualified as a Thames


Waterman. He and Zac Purchase, a graduate of an established Robling


Academy, have enjoyed - that endured their fair share of injury


and setbacks since Beijing and alarming dips in form over the past


few months. But it doesn't stretch the imagination too far to see all


those confounding those who have written them off and triumphing


once again. By contrast, Hosking and Copeland have emerged as


contenders almost out of the blue. Hosking, the daughter of a former


world champion and Atlantic rower, learnt her skills at Kingston


Grammar School, former home to James Cracknell, and is a physics


and chemistry graduate from Durham University, not too far from Yarm


in Teesside, where Copeland first learnt to row. I come from a


fantastic club, a world-class coach, world class people to row with. I'm


proud to represent that club and the north-east. Purchase is an


inveterate Twitter and has taken to incorporating lyrics from Queen


songs in his method as during the Games. Will he and Honda beat the


champions once again will Sophie and Kat Copeland the killer Queen's


on the water? How will both crews There are the crowd, exultant,


hysterical almost after that first race. We have two Real medal


opportunities coming up now. First of all, it is Sophie Hosking and


Kat Copeland. They said in that piece they have almost come out of


left field, because a week ago today we wouldn't have had them as


genuine gold-medal contenders. week ago I would have said they


could pinch a medal, but they've put themselves, the way that they


have rowed, percentage times with the heavyweight women's double,


meet some people in the course of your career across sports to just


impress you so much as individuals. There is Sophie Hosking in the


stroke seat. Immediately she radiates resilience and confidence.


Can they do the business now and follow up what the men's four have


just achieved so magnificently? women's lightweight double sculls.


Great Britain have jumped out of the starting gate. They are in lane


four. China are in lane five. Great Britain going like a rocket in this


their coach. It was a different double last year which came third.


The under 23 gold medal single sculler was brought in to join


appear. To try and make a double work is very hard. What the coach


has done is put Kat Copeland, the newcomer, into the stroke seat and


made them gel together through the World Cups. At work quite well.


What he then did after the World Cups, he swapped Sophie, who is now


in the stroke seat, from bow, he swapped it into the stroke seat. It


transformed the double, it made them lively, aggressive, quick in


every movement that they do. The strength of Kat Copeland now is


just starting to ease out. But I like what I'm seeing from the


British double closest to us. They've got into a great wit --


great rhythm. Very strong, they've got long strokes. That is


imperative here in the first half of the course. Just get into a


this final. Greece, China and Great Britain. That is OK, it's a good


start from Copeland and Hosking. We are now looking at Greece in lane


four. We exp -- we'd expect the Greeks to stay high. They


traditionally keep their rates up. Look at the British double. They


connect into the water and just lift the boat passed themselves.


Such agility of the catch. Greece, world champions last year, very


strong. They haven't appeared a lot during the season. A bit of weight


problems, but they hit their way to write, they hit their form


beautifully now. They are drivers. They are very strong in the middle


of the stroke. That gives them real pace in the middle of the race.


This middle 1,000m is where Greece will want to lay down what they can


do for the last row in. Closest to the camera, if they can stay cool,


if Kat Copeland can stay relaxed, cool and just use airpower to back


up Sophie Hosking, they will move past China and come on to the tale


of Greece. They are doing that. This is a really exciting part of


the race, has become towards the halfway mark. A little look to the


right from Katherine Copleand in the bow seat of the British


lightweight women's double sculls. Just checking the positions from


everybody, because Great Britain are going to push. When they do,


They are tracking the Greek double scull now. They have taken about


half a length in that second 500m. Greece of the world champions from


last year. Just looking a little bit on edge here. Not quite getting


the same length. The timing isn't good on both sides. They are going


to be put under pressure. Now, wait for this, Great Britain, Sophie


Hosking in the stroke seat, Katherine Copleand in the bow seed,


edging up into first place. They are leading the Olympic final here


at Eton Dorney. They haven't even started best friend. 37 strokes a


minute, but Great Britain have a better run. The better moving boat,


the smoother technique. The Greeks are finding the going getting to be


quite tough here. They are finding it quite a struggle and their


timing is beginning to fall apart. Watch China in lane five. The


Chinese also going with Great Britain. They, too, have a big


sprint. We will need an even bigger one from Great Britain as we


approach the last quarter of this race. Look at this. All of these


boats, such determination from Katherine Copleand and Sophie


Hosking. They can do this, they came together this year. They have


formed a fabulous partnership. Hold on, girls, hold on and it is yours.


They are not going to get caught. They are just flying along. This


could be Britain's third women's gold medal at these Olympics.


Britain's first ever lightweight women's gold medal. This is history


in terms of rowing. They are all going mad up there. Sub b Hausding,


from London Rowing Club, 26. His partnership from Great Britain have


only 25 strokes remaining. They will be the Olympic champions. Look


at the support on the far side. The whole of Eton Dorney is going


absolutely mad. A real wall of sound as they come into the last


couple of hundred metres. They are still moving away. We are looking


at history. Just moving all the time, every stroke. Look at cat,


her first ever Senior race. They are making this look absolutely


the line. They are the Olympic champions! An incredible race. They


go into the record books. They have just been glorious here this


morning at Eton Dorney. A fabulous result. A well deserved result.


They can hardly believe it. There they are. The complete, at a jury.


You are an Olympic champion, you are an Olympic champion.


fantastic! What a brilliant piece of sculling. They were marvellous.


All credit to their coach. A magician. He changed the boat to


seven weeks ago and transformed it. They move it from being medal


contenders, possibly a bronze, and the Chinese very pleased with that.


Great Britain went out as the fastest crew to qualify in this


bronze medal, finishing in third place having led that final for a


good part of it. They are still in utter disbelief. How can it be so


easy? It was so easy. They flew along. Race plan perfectly executed.


They are amazed because they expected it to be tougher. Once


they got to the halfway mark, and we knew they had a very strong


second 1000, we also know they have a big sprint. They didn't need the


sprint in the end. The last 250 metres was a moment for them to


enjoy the paddle in. But they just can't believe what they've done.


That is what it means to be an Olympic champion. They go into the


record books as the first gold medal at an Olympic Games or


women's lightweights. Look at her face! I think that is absolutely


glorious! What a partnership. British rowing team, the British


women's rowing team, have just gone from strength to strength at this


Olympic regatta. Marvellous, absolutely marvellous. And it


couldn't happen to to nicer women. -- to two nicer women. There are


confirmation. Great Britain are Olympic champions in the women's


lightweight double sculls, China's second, and respecting the bronze


What do you say about that? Fantastic. It was on the cards.


They've proved everything that they've done. Absolutely amazing.


They can't believe it. I thought they could do it, but I still can't


believe it. Here come Britain's latest gold-medallists at London


You look like you cannot believe it! Are you in shock? I cannot


believe this is real and! That we just one! I do not know. We just


when the Olympics! He Occam to be honest and tomorrow! -- youth are


going to be on a stamp tomorrow! do not know, I have been trying not


to think about it, because it has made me cry every time. But when we


were on the last 50, I could not believe it! It is something that we


have been working on for so long, there are so many people we have to


thank. Our coach, who has led this on. For everything they have done


to get us here. I cannot believe it has happened. Here is your reaction


at the moment of triumph. This is the picture that you will get


framed and stuck on your bedroom wall, sitting room wall, every ball


in your house. A moment of triumph. Great camaraderie, from their


rivals from Greece. You are the cat that got the cream! Yes! This is


not the Oscars, but can I just say, thank you to my mum and dad. We


have been through some bulbs, but Bankia. And to James Harris,


because when I went to tease, I was really rubbish. You are the Olympic


champions! You have got another 50 interviews to do! Many


congratulations. We must let you go. Well done. Talking of Olympic


champions, the men's coxless four, two in a row, and another Olympic


final to come. The presentation of medals to the men's four. The IOC


member for Australia is handing out the medals. They were expecting


Australia to win! Charlie call about to get his medal, he rode in


the Oxford Boat race crew. This is the Americans'' top boat. Waiting


for the announcer to get the proceedings under way. The


Americans, again, right on the tale of Australia and Great Britain. But


they never really looked as though they would challenge. Two men


returning from last year. They were the meat in the sandwich, they were


squeezed out by these two extraordinary crews. They did a


very good job, they moved very well. They took great benefit from


regatta, getting the bronze medal. What to say about Australia? Lots


of talk, GAP of this crew in the build-up to this regatta. Great


Britain did not rise to any of it. But they rose to the occasion. For


all of the rehearsals that Great Britain have done, that was their


masterclass. That was the best performance. True Jehan adding a


silver medal to his collection -- Drew Ginn. A real star of


Australian rowing. And Duncan Smith. On the day, he was outpaced by


international rowing executive there. It was a showdown between


Great Britain and Australia, all the way through this regatta, and


they might ponder that semi-final second place. Listen to this. Four


years ago, they were Olympic champions. Four years on, three of


the same boat line-up. They have brought in Alex Gregory in the bow


seat. A fantastic day for Alex Gregory. Pete Reed gets his second


Olympic gold medal. As does Tom James. He took a year out after


Beijing. He moved back into the four. And one of the best stroke


men of all time, Andy Hodge. A proud day for him. As well as for


something about the coach, but he does not like losing gold medals at


Olympic Games. He likes losing the race before! It is an extraordinary


# God save our gracious Queen! # Long live our noble Queen!


# God save the Queen! # Send her victorious.


# Happy and glorious. # Long to reign over us.


joining in with these four men. What a proud day for everybody.


Before coming into this, it was going to be a hard-fought race, but


Let's go to Matthew Pinsent. I am sorry to interrupt your


celebrations. A fantastic moment for you to have the national anthem


played for your husband. Wonderful, unbelievable. So excited. It was a


great race. Wonderful. Was there ever a murmured that you thought it


was not going right? No, they were leading all the tired. In previous


races, they had been behind. There they had been able to come back.


But they were leading, so I was pretty confident. There is always a


slight moment of doubt, will they be able to do it? But it was great.


And nothing they can spread, it was wonderful. Well done, you get him


back now! He quick word about Zac Purchase


and Mark Hunter. They have performed well so far, but I have a


nickel, they might struggle a little bit. I think they will get a


medal, but I am worried about the Denmark team. We have had 12 boats


in 12 finals, this is the latticed -- this is the last of the British


teams. One last thing to say to the commentary team, Great Britain, one


and waiting. The final is a way, the men's lightweight double sculls.


We have Portugal, Germany, New Zealand, France, Denmark in lane


five, and the Olympic champions... They have stopped! What has


happened? Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase have stopped. They are


beyond the 100-metre mark, there is not much they can do. Everybody


else can carry on. The bell is going. They have stopped the race.


That is unbelievable. There has been a breakage in the British boat.


I think Zac Purchase did something, he came off his seat. There needs


to be a breakage. I am supportive of the British crew, but if this is


not inside the 100-metre rule, there could be all sorts of


implications. He has come off his seat. He got back on his seat.


seat came off. OK. The market is, is he beyond the 100 metres? They


are all turning round and going back to the start. There will be a


deliberation. This is interesting,... They had a


fantastic start, they were looking really good. Rightly so, the crews


are moving on. New Zealand in lane three have just paddled it out. You


can imagine the start, you let a bit of the lactic acid go, and you


come back into it. We will be some way until we get back into things.


We will wait to see what happens What drama, as if the coxless four


was not enough. And the amazing performance from Katherine Copeland


and Sophie Hosking. What happened? I do not know. It looks like


something has broken. The British crew on the left. The camera was on


it in the first 100 metres? Is it a breakage? If not, make sure it is


broken. If the umpire feels there is an issue, they will allow them


to replace the broken part and restart device, after the women's


singles. If the umpire does not think it is legitimate, the other


five birds will line-up and race again without the British crew.


officials are aware? They are in the boat in the middle of the


course, that is where the umpire is. It is his decision. When you say


that, if something is not broken, Pricket, did you say, if there has


been a slight malfunction, you try to exacerbate it to make sure the


race is re-run? Something happened very suddenly, they were going well,


they looked smooth and strong, and suddenly, there was a jolt of some


sort. I would not have thought he There is definitely something wrong


with his seat. The screwdriver. wheels are screwed in. There is a


bar that goes to the seats. This is very Heath Robinson! How much do


birds cost? �20,000 each? Around that. Dramatic scenes at the start,


and also what is happening on the other side. While they go to the


DIY store... They are celebrating at the arenas all over these


British games, where the medal tally rises, we are up to third


place indignados table. For three of these men, it is a repeat of


what happened four years ago. For Alex Gregory, his first Olympic


Games, and his first court battle. Continue wind the dynasty. -- his


first gold medal. Andy Hodge is living this. They have had a rich


it few years -- they have had a wretched few years, and they


thought they would go into the four and retain their Olympic title.


That is what they have done. You can see the reception they are


getting from this immense audience. They have been loving it. These are


images they will never forget. Meanwhile, there is still work to


do. Are we to assume that, because what is going on his going on, they


are going to be allowed to race in These guys are very experienced,


there are some very experienced guys in the field. You think that


should affect everybody else in the field, but everybody will be very


calm, relaxed. They've just got to get back into the zone. You will


have two minutes on this day boats before they start the race, so they


will be able to get back into it. Whatever the problem was, it seems


like they have sorted it out. I haven't seen any official from them,


so we still don't know if they are going to be allowed in the race.


Perhaps Gary knows a little bit have wheels on runners. There's a


little clip underneath the seat that keeps the seat connected


underneath the runner. A tiny metal clip. It seems to me that that


metal clip has got stuck. When Zac was pushing the legs down, it got


stuck on the runner. The seat jammed and he's come off the back


of the seed. So he's pushing the legs down, the seat gets stuck by


that little clip their. Equipment failure would be a very strong


description of what has happened. They have fixed it. There's nothing


to say it couldn't happen again. So they are going to be on tenterhooks


to see if it happens again. No broken seat, but a jammed clip


underneath the runner on which the seats and the wheels of the seat


getting the screwdriver out. That's what I thing was happening. A quick


officials what has been going on. The news is that the wheel of the


bow seed came off in the British double. It was inside 100m, they


are being allowed to fix it. The new start time is 1221. Purchase


and Hunter will be included and racing for gold in four or five


minutes. They've got three minutes to put


that to the back of their mind and pretend it is 10 minutes ago. Given


the nature of the individuals, how do you think that will affect them?


I don't think it will affect them at all. They will be relieved that


they've got another chance. It may affect the other boats more than it


affects them, because the others have got no idea what has happened,


they've got no idea why they stopped. They've probably got no


idea why the race is the starting again. Explain the thinking behind


this. Many Formula One fans will say, if your wheel comes off, your


wheel comes off and that's tough luck, you are out of the race. Why


should in rowing you should be allowed a second chance? There's a


lot of debate in the 100-metre rule. The power that you put on the first


stroke put so much strain on the blades that you used to have a lot


of breakage of blades. Since they got a carbon fibre and plastic,


that doesn't happen. It used to be every international regatta you


used to have to take spare blades up to the start for that issue.


There is a lot of discussion that we should get rid of the 100-metre


rule, because it is very rarely used. And your equipment should be


in use. If Gary is right about the clip, and those clubs can get bent


in and start getting jammed in. big is this clip? Probably about an


inch long, two inches in length. It clips around the runners. If you've


got a one of that goes into the boat, probably three and a half


feet long, when you turn the boat upside down its stops the seat


falling off. That is what it is therefore, not for in the racing.


Sometimes they can get knocked and pushed in and grind against their.


That looks like what may have happened here. They must have been


a few anxious people in the boathouse, people who prepare the


boat's thinking, my lord, what happens now? It would have been


their coach that was the one doing it. Their coach was fixing it as


Psychologically, they have to focus back in. They got it get out of


final, the men's lightweight double sculls. Great Britain the way in


lane six. They are away clean and fast. All eyes now on Zac Purchase


in the bowel seat. See how they drive their legs down so quickly,


unleashing the power. The wheels on the seat have to roll back so fast.


The change of direction has to be Purchase and Mark Hunter. They are


taking this final by the scruff of its neck. They need to find some


rhythm to establish some sort of speed that is going to get them out


to the 500. They are doing well, they've moved out very fast. Very


disruptive for all the other crews in this. The Brits were very lucky


to get that call that they could stay in the race. At the moment,


they really are dominating the field. Their biggest rivals on New


Zealand, but they are up in lane three, not an ice lane to be. Great


Britain probably now in this race, Denmark will be their toughest


competitors. The timing a little bit off by Zac Purchase. Now


they've come back on to it. Just relax into it, guys, and let the


boat run here. It's looking good in the opening stages. We are a


quarter of the race down. 500m now Olympic title. They are world


champions. They have had a very poor season, they were sixth in


Munich, sixth in Lucerne. But lookout for Denmark, they are real


racers. They were the dominant crew coming up into Beijing, they'd won


every world championship for three years, then along came the Brits


and beat them to the gold medal. Now what is there tyre -- term for


revenge, they hope. They are the guys to watch. Mark Hunter, 33


double. They've got a very good rhythm. They are great racers, very


talented. They are able to pull together. Mark Hunter felt the


issue during the summer was a little bit of lack of fitness from


Zac Purchase. Zac Purchase felt their timing wasn't right. Their


timing isn't all that great at the moment. But they've got the best


lane here. But it is very competitive indeed. Rasmussen and


faced in the Danish double scold dominated this event into Beijing.


Then these guys going through the halfway mark right now, Great


Britain, stormed to that gold medal four years ago. Looking good for


got their home crowd coming into the picture in the last 500m. They


are moving well. So hard to defend a gold medal at an Olympics. Just


think that Steve Redgrave won five gold medals at the Olympics. The 19


at the World Championships. three. World champions a couple of


years back. They are so fast in the Such a determined character. Now


they are coming into the closing stages. 500m remaining in this


final. Great Britain lead the world by half-a-length. Denmark now are


hunting them down. New Zealand in lane three. They, too, have at bear


raid. This is going to be about guts now for Great Britain. There


are no to find a individuals than Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter for


guts. Look at Denmark. Denmark pushing on hard. Denmark at 40


strokes a minute, Great Britain 38 strokes a minute. Denmark are


moving. Great Britain have got to find that extra bit of Push of


Cygnus. They've got to go now. They've got 200m. They are coming


up to the foot. It's a desperate part of the race for Zac Purchase


and Mark Hunter. They are now hanging on for dear life. 250


metres remain. 25 strokes in this final of the men's lightweight


double sculls. Great Britain have dug deep and they have responded.


minute as well. Denmark went early, fighting to get back on terms. What


a finish! They've got to find something now. Denmark have found


something. We are down to the closing stages. Look at this for a


fight. Denmark coming all the time. They are going to get through.


Great Britain now just going to lose that championship medal. On


the line-out, Denmark just sneaking ahead of Great Britain. It is


Denmark for the Olympic gold. Great Britain for the silver. New Zealand


for the bronze. They kept us on the edge of our seats. But they just


What a triumphant return for Denmark. They were beaten by the


British four years ago. Great Britain, poor performances during


the season at the World Cup. They just haven't really kept it


together through the winter and really focused entirely through the


winter. They were squeezed out at the end. What a brave performance


from Denmark. Revenge is a dish best served cold, they say. Orr


years ago, Denmark were the favourites for this Olympic title.


Zac Purchase and Mark Kante came out of nowhere. They had a fabulous


season coming through to win the gold on that occasion. These guys


stuck with it, Quist and Rasmussen from Denmark. Really celebrating


their date. It just goes to show, if you hang him long enough you are


going to get the result you want. The they went up to 40 strokes a


minute over 500m out. They attacked and attacked and an -- and their


courage just paid off. This is it! Eyes closed up to the line. Hanging


on in there, giving it your all. Amazing, absolutely amazing.


still not sure whether they'd won. A finally realising it. Magnificent


day. Quist and Rasmussen. Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter. We can't


really say that the restart would have affected that. They gave us


absolutely everything there, Great Britain. The crews just coming into


the landing stage. We are going to wait for the confirmation of first,


second and third. Magnificent scenes. A fantastic day but Team GB,


two golds and a silver in the closing Olympic finals here on the


final day at Eton Dorney. It would be nice to have a few of Great


could give no more in the end, they were holding on. But it was just


running out of steam. They did not have the season they wanted. It was


not a good season. They approached it without the focus of the whole


year. Two secured a gold-medal, you have to be 100% on it. Confirmation.


Denmark are the Olympic champions. Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter are


the sort of medallists, and New Zealand getting the bronze. -- Zac


Purchase and Mark Hunter of the The finer the margin, the greater


the anguish. Zac Purchase has been in that pose for a minute and a


half. They keep being told by the officials to get back to the


pontoon. This is a replay of won best seat broker. Either because he


is just spent all he almost does not want to come back to the


pontoon and face the reality of losing their Olympic title in the


most dramatic of fashion's... 250 out, we thought the Danish were


coming up, but the British pair propelled them initially, but a


magnificent performance by the Danish. Very solid, powerful


individuals. They came through at the end. Leaving Zac Purchase and


Mark Hunter in the position that they find themselves in, still out


in the middle of the water. Zac Purchase still has his head in his


hands, almost as though he is incapable of putting his hands on


the oars to bring them back into the pontoon. To face the inevitable


questions about what happened at the start and the fact they have


lost their Olympic crown. They are both such determined, resilient


individuals. Zac Purchase especially. He is in a complete


state of despair. Meanwhile, two British Ladies are in seventh


heaven and beyond, higher. This is the medal ceremony for Sophie


Hosking and Katherine Copeland, the look at that. Alexandra Tsiavou and


Chris to get these two -- Christina jazz it CQ. They did not have the


form that would be sustainable through the second 1000. It shows


the delight across the whole of the metal container. They are thrilled


with the bronze medal. China were in amongst it all, they looked


strong. They were first in Lucerne earlier this year, so they made a


big market there. They announced their arrival. They are tall for


lightweights. They have long arms and complex, so they of rangy. And


they are technically well trained. Well coached. I still think they


cannot believe what has just happened to them. This medal


presentation might get a bit for the next 10 years following the


result today. She was under 23 gold-medallist last year in the


single sculls. This is her first year at senior level. She is


counting her blessings, it is unbelievable. And Sophie Hosking, a


note to her rowing club, you might have got her as a writer and


useless, but you have turnout as an Olympic champion. The London club


will be proud of Sophie. What a day. We also salute their coach. He has


worked so hard with them. A great decision, putting them together.


This is their moment, this is their # God save our gracious Queen!


# Long live our noble Queen! # God save the Queen!


# Send her victorious. # Happy and glorious.


# Long to reign over us. There must be thousands of parents


around the country, thinking come up I wonder what that feels like as


a parent, to watch your door to get an Olympic gold medal! -- to watch


your daughter! It is beautiful, wonderful. How much has she put it


to this? Fantastic, she is fantastic. We are so proud of her.


I keep telling everybody my daughter is in the Olympics, and


now I can say she has got a gold medal. It is wonderful. And what


about her club? This is thinly, her youngest brother. What about her


running club? They are over the moon, they are watching at home in


Teesside, they will be so proud of her. Was there any moment where you


thought, this is not going right? always thought she would win.


not sure she knew at the end. always think she is going to win.


Of all of the parents I have interviewed, you are the most


confident! He is so annoying! keeps winning, she deserves it.


Thank you very much. In many ways, sport is one of the


most brutal things that you can put yourself through. There is no


middle ground. You win or you lose. The whole thing about treating


triumph and disaster the same, but sometimes it is hard to do that


when you have put that much effort in. Steve Redgrave helping Mark


Hunter to his feet. Scenes reminiscent of yesterday, when Alan


Campbell gave everything he had got to be a bronze-medallist. Zac


Purchase, uncontrollable with tears. The team doctor is down there with


them as well. In the most unbelievably erudite and


intelligent way, the coxless four spoke about the four years of hard


work that has got them court but also, and for these boys, it has


come to be a silver medal, and it is a monumental achievement


nonetheless, for two people have given so much. Mark Hunter, we have


to talk, and there is probably nothing in the world you want to do


less. What are your thoughts? gave everything. We tried


everything. We wanted to win so badly. I want to say sorry to


everybody we have let down. You let nobody down. You have let nobody


down at all. Can you tell us what happened at the start? A problem


with the seat. It came apart. It was fixed, it had no bearing on the


race. We had the best race we could, the crowd have been amazing. We


have really enjoyed being part of this amazing team. I just wish we


had been quicker for everybody else. Thank you so much for all of the


help you have given us. You are silver-medallists. Take care. Steve


will take them towards the medal ceremony, they will receive their


silver medals. Emotions, goodness me. Especially when you know these


people pretty well. It is quite hard, being here. One more race to


go, it is the women's single sculls. Talking about longevity, Steve is


the example, but Ekaterina Karsten Khodotovich, five medals at five


consecutive Olympic Games, can she women's single sculls, this is the


last final of the London 2012 regatta. Will this be the last time


we see Ekaterina Karsten Khodotovich? She is in lane one.


She craves so much the third Olympic gold medal, at 40 years of


age. She wants to go out on a high. She is in lane one, we have got


Emma Twigg in lane two, Kim Crowe, she won the silver medal yesterday,


behind Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins, we have got the Chinese in


lane four, Denmark in lane five, and Mirka Knapkova of the Czech


Republic in lane six. The two winners of the semi-finals, the


Czech Republic and Denmark have been drawn in lane five and lane


six. Mirka Knapkova's real opportunity, she is in the best


line, her big opposition is on the far side, Ekaterina Karsten


Khodotovich. She has been nursing a damaged rib, and I think she will


have made a big mistake by looking after her writ in the semi-final,


hoping she could blow everything away in the semi-final -- in the


final, because she allowed Denmark to get through her. She would have


been in the next lane to Mirka Knapkova, and she would have had a


better chance. Mirka Knapkova or, as she is known about the regatta,


of the Czech Republic, the world champion last year. She leads by a


length. A quarter of a way through this Olympic final. This is


sensational Scotland from Mirka Knapkova. Back in Beijing, she was


the fifth, a huge disappointment from her. But there, she is


starting to turn it around. The conditions of windy. It should give


some shelter to the crews in lane six and played five. Ekaterina


Karsten Khodotovich, do not underestimate her, she is battling.


She is in the unfavoured lane, and she is still amongst them. It will


get worse through the race. From 1000 metres, it becomes tricky, and


the cross wind is shielding lane six. It is all in the Czech


Republic's hands, Mirka Knapkova's hands, she will dominate. Kim Crow


race yesterday, she will be feeling tightness in her legs. This is her


sixth race of the regatta, she has done more than double everybody


else. She will be tough in the middle of the course, look for


China, the Chinese athlete could get the medal. This is amazing good.


Three legs of clear water. -- three lengths. Sensational stuff. She was


the fastest qualifier, she has got the best line, she is the inform


athlete. She was third in Lucerne, but this is a stroll in the park


for her. Her biggest rivals in the difficult lanes. At the halfway


mark in this final of the women's single sculls at the 2012 Olympic


Games, this is the last final at Eton Dorney, what a week it has


been for Team GB, contesting the 13 out of the 14 Olympic finals. A bit


of success here and there. No British entry here. There was a


representative at the qualification regatta, she did so well cover she


did not quite managed to get a qualification. It is so tough. That


is why they do not have a British entry. Nevertheless, the depth of


British sculling here, led by Katherine Grainger and Anna


Watkins... They are the gold- Erichsen, who really put paid to


Belarus' chances, Karsten, by beating her in the semi-final. That


is why Erichsen is there in lane five alongside the Czech Republic,


and why Karsten is out on lane one now. This race is completely under


control. Save it for any equipment failure. If any equipment failure


happened now it would be too bad, they are out. Kim Crow doing well


for Australia. She is pushing on hard. She's a tough cookie. She


knows no fear and she knows she's got to push on hard. The lighter


scullers in this event, China, out at the back. Knapkova is 29, coming


Crow from Australia in lane three. Really write on the edge here.


These two scullers starting to move away. The two-time Olympic champion


at in lane one. Going to need a big finish from her. I can't see that


happening in these conditions. There is Kim Crow just getting into


the silver medal position. She's pushing hard against this gutsy


sculler from Denmark. We have seen Carsten turn things around, but


it's looking difficult for her to do that from lane one. You'd think


they were racing for the gold medal. 250 metres out from the line.


Knapkova, from the Czech Republic, absolutely stunning. Turning around


her fifth praise from Beijing four years ago. Making it look very easy.


All the hard work done in the first 1,000m. Now Erichsen, from Denmark,


just easing out half-a-length over Cover's. In the women's single


scull, Knapkova or is the Olympic champion. Ericsson -- Erickson holt


right on the line for silver. Kim Crow from Australia at a bronze


medal to the silver she won yesterday. Incredible there from


Knapkova. She did everything in the first 500. But this girl here,


Erichsen, what a regatta she's had. What about Kim Crow? Six races at


this regatta and she comes away with two Olympic medals, a silver


and bronze. Wonderful character around the international rowing


last year, now adding the Olympic year for the Danish scholar.


Getting the silver. It paid off for Ericsson to be competitive ride


through the regatta and try and win Dorney for London 2012. The impact


it has had on the overall medals table has been substantial from a


British perspective. We now find ourselves in third place with a


total of 25 medals, 10 gold, seven silver and eight bronze. Let's hope


many more to come today. Don't forget Jess Ennis and Mo Farah in


the stadium tonight. That is our Fantastic. The men's coxless four,


victorious, retaining their title. That is them embracing Jurgen


Grobler, a man who has masterminded the way British rowing has come to


rule the world. I think he's been Jurgen Grobler, successful coach


for the men's coxless four. What did you say to Pete Reed when he


got out of the boat? I just said well done and the command of that


boat. He did a very good job. He analysed everything fine. Yes, he


was a big guy. What kind of race plan did you have, what kind of


tactics, what did you expect? know our semi-final race wasn't


good enough. I know we can do a lot better, especially in the last six


weeks we worked on our weakness, going at it a bit harder. There's


no point somebody leaders by half- a-length like in the semi-final,


then we have to make it big effort. I think we are good enough and


strong enough physically, we are really good, technically, if


somebody wants to be faster, we can match that. We are prepared for


that. Our race plan was we want to be right from the beginning to


demonstrate where we are. A word about the lanes, do you think there


was a big difference from one lane to the next? The lane discussion,


it was not in our hands. I was thinking everything should stay the


same all the way through. It is always difficult to talk to the


guys. Now it is unfair, but they before was fair. Everything moves


over to our side. So far, I don't think that was the key thing.


question, perhaps an unfair one, what happens next do British


rowing? It's an outstanding result for British rowing. OK, we have to


go back to match that again, it will not be easy, but I'm sure they


have something very well in place. Also the lottery funding and all of


that, it would never have been possible to prepare such a


successful team. Congratulations. I was trying to count up in my head


how many gold medal Crewe's youth coach in a row. 7, 8, 9? It was


Number 10 today. Well done. Out in Portugal, where I went to


the Rolling camp a couple of weeks ago, I was talking to Jurgen


Grobler and said, you are the most monumentally successful coach, who


do you admire most in all coaching? Without hesitation he said, Sir


Alex Ferguson. If Sir Alex was watching that, honestly, Jurgen


Grobler looks at a lot of things that he does in terms of man-


management, there's quite a lot of similarities between them in terms


of their determination, doggedness and longevity. I will ask you about


that in a second. I think Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase are now


vertical which, in Mark's case, is some achievement. They are just


down to where the medal ceremony is as far as Great Britain is


around in lightweight rowing man Mark Hunter. -- than Omar Khadr.


After the difficulty they had this year, that they are here, that they


are on the medal podium is testament to the relationship of


these two guys. Silver medal for Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter. Still


Justin at a disbelief. -- just in Rasmussen and Quist. Here is a


story that we can again take away, so many stories and events


happening here at Eton Dorney. So disappointed with the bronze medal


in Beijing. But they had at a belief in themselves. And today we


are seeing the fruits of four long years, long, hard years of training.


When it came down to the last 200m and it all went back, these guys


their eyes closed coming up to the line. Just incredible. It shows you


how much they threw at it. They raced with such courage. And what


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