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Alan Campbell

Alan Campbell

If Alan Campbell and Britain's lightweight men's four get their way, the Northern Ireland town of Coleraine will be decorated with three golden post boxes after the Olympics.

The Royal Mail have vowed to transform one traditionally red post box to gold in the home town of each British Olympic champion.

Campbell produced the fastest single sculling performance of the day to qualify for the semi-finals with victory by a length over Germany's Marcel Hacker.

New Zealand's five-time world champion Mahe Drysdale remains the favourite but Campbell's commanding performance against the veteran German underlined his own podium potential.

Shortly afterwards, the Coleraine-born brothers Peter and Richard Chambers helped power the lightweight men's four into Thursday's final and a shot at gold.

After following up their success at last month's Munich World Cup regatta with two confident victories at Eton Dorney, the lightweight four have emerged as strong title contenders.

"They've said if we win a gold we win a gold postbox in the town, so hopefully we'll have three in Coleraine," Campbell said. "I feel in very good form, but I've got to keep a lid on it, I don't want to get too over excited or anything else.

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"When it comes to the final the gloves are off and we'll go out fighting. The lightweight boys are going to do big things here."

The Chambers brothers, Chris Bartley and Rob Williams unleashed a powerful sprint for the line to surge clear of Switzerland in the final 500 metres.

The British crew won in five minutes 59.68 seconds, just quicker than the time posted by chief gold medal rivals Denmark in winning the second semi-final.


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