British men's four win fifth consecutive gold

Britain's men's four battled stroke-for-stroke with Australia but edged ahead to claim a fifth consecutive gold medal in the event at the Olympic rowing regatta on Friday.

Alex Gregory, Mohamed Sbihi, George Nash and Constantine Louloudis now join a pantheon of British rowing greats. Men's four crews have taken gold in the 2012, 2008, 2004 and 2000 Olympics, starting back in the era of Steve Redgrave.   -  Reuters

Britain's men's four battled stroke-for-stroke with Australia but edged ahead to claim a fifth consecutive gold medal in the event at the Olympic rowing regatta on Friday.

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The Australians kept pace with the Britons for most of the race but their pace slipped in the latter stages. Britain finished in 5 minutes 58.61 seconds, 1.83 ahead.

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Australia took silver and Italy finished a distant third with a late surge, delivering South Africa another heartbreaking non-medal finish for the day as they looked poised through much of the race to be a bronze contender.

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Alex Gregory, Mohamed Sbihi, George Nash and Constantine Louloudis now join a pantheon of British rowing greats. Men's four crews have taken gold in the 2012, 2008, 2004 and 2000 Olympics, starting back in the era of Steve Redgrave.

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