Tokyo Olympics: Team GB men's coxless four rowing dominance ends as they finish fourth


Team GB men’s coxless four rowing dominance ends as they finish fourth at the Tokyo Games, stopping their quest for a sixth-straight Olympics gold… and they nearly CRASH into the Italian quartet at the finish

Great Britain’s reign on the waters of the men’s coxless four came to a disappointing end as they finished outside the medals.

Team GB quartet of Sholto Carnegie, Oliver Cook, Rory Gibbs and Matthew Rossiter were among the gold medal favourites but they finished fourth.

It ends the British dominance in this event – having won gold at every Olympics since 2000.

Team GB's Olympic dominance of the rowing men's coxless four is over after finishing fourth

Team GB’s Olympic dominance of the rowing men’s coxless four is over after finishing fourth

Australia took gold, Romania picked up the silver and Italy took bronze – but the latter have every right to feel hard done by as the British quartet nearly crashed into them during the end of the race, denying them the chance of a silver medal.

Earlier, there was similar agony for the Team GB women’s four of Rowan McKellar, Harriet Taylor, Karen Bennett and Rebecca Shorten.

But their disappointment was joy for the Irish quartet of Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Fiona Murtagh and Emily Hegarty, who won their country’s first medal of the Games by pipping the British women to bronze.

Australia claimed gold in another close finish ahead of Holland. 

Graeme Thomas and John Collins narrowly missed out on a medal in the final of the men’s double sculls at Sea Forest Waterway.

The British duo pushed hard to catch China in bronze medal position over the final stages in breezy conditions but were unable to close the gap.

Gold went to French double Hugo Boucheron and Matthieu Androdias by just 0.2seconds from Holland.

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