Dutch take women's lightweight double sculls

The Netherlands duo of Ilse Paulis and Maaike Head claimed gold in the lightweight women's double sculls in the Olympics rowing regatta on Friday on a rain swept Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.

Gold medalists Ilse Paulis (left) and Maaike Head of the Netherlands.   -  Getty Images

The Netherlands duo of Ilse Paulis and Maaike Head claimed gold in the lightweight women's double sculls in the Olympics rowing regatta on Friday on a rain swept Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. This is the second Dutch medal in rowing at this year's Games. Canada took silver 1.1 seconds behind the Dutch women and China bronze.

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China's Wenyi Huang and Feihong Pan had made the early running but Canada and South Africa passed them, with the Dutch very much in touch. At the 1500m, Paulis and Head pulled away clear.

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The race was always set to be a highly-competitive one, with no crew dominating the run-up. Up-and-comers Head and Ilse Paulis had qualified at the last chance qualification regatta in May.

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