The U.S. women's eight won the Olympic gold medal in competition this afternoon at the Shunyi Rowing-Canoeing Park. They led from wire to wire, using a strong second 500m to build a 1.78 second lead at the halfway mark. Their final time of 6:05.34 was 1.88 seconds faster than the Netherlands, which had the fastest final 500m to surge from fourth place to claim the silver medal with a 6:07.22, edging out Romania by 0.03 seconds.
The U.S. boat was crewed by Erin Cafaro (Modesto, Calif.), Lindsay Shoop (Charlottesville, Va.), Anna Goodale (Camden, Maine), Elle Logan (Boothbay Harbor, Maine), Anne Cummins (Bellevue, Wash.), Susan Francia (Abington, Pa.), Caroline Lind (Greensboro, N.C.), Caryn Davies (Ithaca, N.Y.) and Mary Whipple (Sacramento, Calif.)
The U.S. men's eight stormed back from last place to win the bronze medal as rowing competition concluded at the Shunyi Rowing-Canoeing Park Sunday afternoon.
In sixth place at the 500m buoy, the Americans dug deep and used the second-fastest time over the second 500m to move into fourth place. From there they found yet another gear, cranking out the two fastest 500m splits over the final half of the course (1:21.38 and 1:20.21) to hit the line with a 5:25.34, 1.45 seconds behind the gold medal time of 5:23.89 from Canada. Great Britain took the silver in a time of 5:25.11.
The American boat was crewed by Beau Hoopman (Sheboygan, Wis.), Matt Schnobrich (St. Paul, Minn.), Michah Boyd (St. Paul, Minn.), Wyatt Allen (Portland, Maine), Daniel Walsh (Norwalk, Conn.), Steven Coppola (Buffalo, N.Y.), Josh Inman (Hillsboro, Ore.), Bryan Volpenhein (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Marcus McElhenney (Philadelphia, Pa.).
Finn sailor Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) defended his silver medal position in the final, double-points medal race sailed today in over 20 knots of winds and large seas. He finished fifth place in the 10-boat race and covered his closest competitor to ensure his position. After yesterday’s medal race was called off halfway due to lack of wind, today’s stormy conditions brought a contrast to the racing. The gold medal went to Ben Ainslie of Great Britain, his third Olympic gold and fourth Olympic medal overall. France’s Guillaume Florent won the bronze medal.
Look for contributions from the following Globe Staffers in Beijing:
- John Powers
- Shira Springer
- Bob Ryan
- Marc J. Spears
- Gregory Lee
- Scott LaPierre
- Patricia Wen