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Great Britain win Olympic silver in the women's eight rowing

Published 13/08/2016

Great Britain celebrate after winning the Silver Medal in the Women's Eight final on the eighth day of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil. Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Great Britain celebrate after winning the Silver Medal in the Women's Eight final on the eighth day of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil. Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Great Britain have won their first Olympic medal in the women's eight after a late surge secured silver at Rio 2016.

On a stunning final morning of the rowing regatta, the British octet's fine race brought with it a deserved podium finish.

Katie Greves, Melanie Wilson, Frances Houghton, Polly Swann, Jessica Eddie, Olivia Carnegie-Brown, Karen Bennett, Zoe Lee and cox Zoe de Toledo crossed the line in six minutes 3.98 seconds - just 0.12 seconds ahead of bronze medallists Romania.

Reigning champions the United States were deserved winners of a race that Britain started slowly, sitting at the back of the pack at the halfway mark.

However, they upped the ante and entered the final 500 metres in third, before kicking on and holding off Romania to win silver.

The first British medal in the women's eight capped off memorable Olympic debuts for Bennett, Carnegie-Brown, Lee, Swann and de Toledo.

Eddie and Greves finished fifth in the eights at both Beijing 2008 and London 2012, while Wilson placed sixth in the women's quad four years ago.

Houghton, 35, was the only member of the boat with an Olympic medal in her locker, having taken women's quad silver in Athens and Beijing.

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