Australia wins GOLD in the men's rowing at the Tokyo Olympics


Australia rowers are on top of the world with the men’s and women’s coxless four crews both winning Olympic gold while the quad sculls both claimed bronze.  

The Aussie men’s crew went head to head with rivals Great Britain who had taken out gold at the last five Olympic Games.

Australia had finished second best to the Brits for the past three Games and all eyes were on the green and gold to break the 12-year curse. 

The Aussie men led for the entire race and finished less than half a second before Romania while Italy took home the bronze. 

But they have to share it with the women, who took gold in the four in a return to the Olympic schedule after almost a 30-year absence. 

A re-worked finals program due to poor weather at Sea Forest Waterway created a medal rush for the Australians.

The men’s and women’s quad scull crew also both chipped in with hard-earned bronze medals to cap a memorable morning. 

The Australian men's four have rowed to a gold medal during a nail-biting final at the Tokyo Olympics (pictured is team Alexander Purnell, Spencer Turrin, Jack Hargreaves and Alexander Hill)

The Australian men’s four have rowed to a gold medal during a nail-biting final at the Tokyo Olympics (pictured is team Alexander Purnell, Spencer Turrin, Jack Hargreaves and Alexander Hill)

The Australian men's four have taken home gold at the Tokyo Olympics after winning silver at the last three Games

The Australian men’s four have taken home gold at the Tokyo Olympics after winning silver at the last three Games

Australia's women have followed in the footsteps of the great Oarsome Foursome to win gold in the coxless four at the Olympic Games

Australia’s women have followed in the footsteps of the great Oarsome Foursome to win gold in the coxless four at the Olympic Games

The Aussie men led for the entire coxless four race and finished less than half a second before Romania while Italy will take home the bronze

The Aussie men led for the entire coxless four race and finished less than half a second before Romania while Italy will take home the bronze

While Australia won gold in the men’s four in 1992 and 1996 to earn the Oarsome Foursome tag, Great Britain had won the event at every Olympics since. 

But Alex Purnell, Spencer Turrin, Jack Hargreaves and Alex Hill wouldn’t be denied, leading the red-hot field from start to finish. 

Great Britain came in at fourth place in the men’s on Wednesday morning and will say goodbye to their gold medal reign. 

Meanwhile earlier in the women’s race, the Australians held off the fast-finishing Netherlands crew while Ireland won bronze.

The world champions set an Olympic record with their heat performance, moving into the final on Wednesday as gold medal favourites.

And they lived up to their top billing, leading from start to finish, although the Dutch came at them hard in the closing stages.

Australia crossed the line in an Olympic best of six minutes 15.37 seconds, with the Netherlands 0.34 seconds behind.

The women’s coxless four, which made its first and last appearance at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, replaces the lightweight men’s four in this year’s program as part of a push for gender equality.  

The team is made up of two Rio Olympic veterans, Popa and Stephan, with the two rookies McIntyre and Morrison.

The quad of Rosemary Popa, Lucy Stephan, Annabelle McIntyre and Jessica Morrison made it the first gold Australia have recorded so far out of the pool

The quad of Rosemary Popa, Lucy Stephan, Annabelle McIntyre and Jessica Morrison made it the first gold Australia have recorded so far out of the pool

Australia had finished second best to the Brits in the men's' coxless four for the past three Games and all eyes were on the green and gold to break the 12-year curse

Australia had finished second best to the Brits in the men’s’ coxless four for the past three Games and all eyes were on the green and gold to break the 12-year curse

Lucy Stephan, Rosemary Popa, Jessica Morrison and Annabelle Mcintyre of Team Australia celebrate winning the gold medal

Lucy Stephan, Rosemary Popa, Jessica Morrison and Annabelle Mcintyre of Team Australia celebrate winning the gold medal

Jack Hargreaves and Alexander Hill are seen during their gold medal final on Wednesday in the men's four

Jack Hargreaves and Alexander Hill are seen during their gold medal final on Wednesday in the men’s four

The Australian men’s’ four had earlier won their heat in five minutes and 54.27 seconds – the fastest time from Saturday’s heats.

Great Britain had rowed in at five minutes and 55.36 in the heat, and Italy behind at five minutes and 57.67.   

Australia and Great Britain are the only countries to win gold in the coxless four event since 1992.

The Aussie team had been carrying the legacy of the ‘Oarsome Foursome’ which was the crew that took out gold in the 1992 Olympics.

The boat consisted of now rowing legends Nicholas Green, James Tomkins, Andrew Cooper and Mike McKay.

Aussie gold-medallist rowers Lucy Stephan, Rosemary Popa, Jessica Morrison and Annabelle McIntyre celebrate their Olympic win

Aussie gold-medallist rowers Lucy Stephan, Rosemary Popa, Jessica Morrison and Annabelle McIntyre celebrate their Olympic win

The men's quadruple sculls crew consisting of Jack Cleary, Caleb Antill, Cameron Girdlestone and Luke Letcher won bronze on Wednesday

The men’s quadruple sculls crew consisting of Jack Cleary, Caleb Antill, Cameron Girdlestone and Luke Letcher won bronze on Wednesday

Meanwhile in the men’s and women’s quadruple sculls finals Australia took home bronze medals in both events.

The men’s crew consisting of Jack Cleary, Caleb Antill, Cameron Girdlestone and Luke Letcher had won silver at the 2016 Rio Games and managed to place again in another tense race with the Netherlands taking the win.

The Dutch managed to keep their cool after one of their rowers’ oars became stuck in the water and still managed to get the gold. 

In the women’s sculls, Australians Ria Thompson, Rowena Meredith, Harriet Hudson and Caitlin Cronin were trailing at fifth with just 500m to go before sailing through  to nab an unexpected bronze medal.

China was way out in head in the women’s event and will take home the gold. 

A typhoon in Japan had nearly thrown out the rowing altogether but fortunately for the Aussies the events went ahead.  

Aussies Lucy Stephan, Rosemary Popa, Jessica Morrison and Annabelle Mcintyre celebrate their gold medal win

Aussies Lucy Stephan, Rosemary Popa, Jessica Morrison and Annabelle Mcintyre celebrate their gold medal win

The Australian men's crew of Alex Purnell, Spencer Turrin, Jack Hargreaves and Alex Hill made it a golden rowing double on Wednesday morning after the women topped the podium in the same event in the previous race

The Australian men’s crew of Alex Purnell, Spencer Turrin, Jack Hargreaves and Alex Hill made it a golden rowing double on Wednesday morning after the women topped the podium in the same event in the previous race

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