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Britain crowned in Olympic rowing event of men's four
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18:13, August 16, 2008

Tom James, Steve Williams, Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge of Great Britain compete during Men's Four Final A of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games rowing event at Shunyi Rowing-Canoeing Park in Beijing, China, Aug. 16, 2008. Great Britain won the gold medal of the event. (Xinhua/Wang Lei)

The boat from Great Britain came from behind to clinch the men's four title in Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park on Saturday.

The last part of the race was a close contest between the then leaders Australia and Great Britain. The British rowers overtook the Aussies in the last meters and their boat hit the finish line with a result of 6 minutes and 6.57 seconds, followed by runners-up the Australian boat with a result of 6:07.85 and the French crew with a result of 6:09.31.

Great Britain, where the sport of rowing originated, has won a total of 22 Olympic gold medals in rowing before the Beijing Olympics, including six in the event of men's four.

Source: Xinhua

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