Olympics Day 4 – Live Updates
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So that’s it for today folks, join us tomorrow for coverage of the first semi-finals.
In the last 500m there’s some tired crews out there. The Chinese really lose their technique in last 500m but hold on to win in 7:23.71. Germany take the last semi-final spot.
China seem to have this in the bag. Germany in second with a length over the USA but it looks like the US are really pushing Germany now.
China now lead ahead of Germany by just under a length. USA about a length and a half down on Germany.
Through 500m and it’s Germany just ahead of China and USA in third.
New Zealand win (7:32.64) and it’s a brilliant race from the young women’s pair who finish second a length up on Australia.
GB and New Zealand qualify for the final!
Approaching 1500m and New Zealand have moved out into the front and GB are in second half a length ahead of Australia.
New Zealand starting to move through the pack and as we hit half way Australia now only lead by half a length from GB. New Zealand about a third of a length behind GB.
Good start from France but as we come through 500m its Australia leading from France with GB in third.
Women’s pairs and it’s the last of the GB crews for today. Come on GB!
Two crews will progress to the final.
Blistering finish from USA who win in 5:38.95, Australia take second. Netherlands finish third and Poland finish fourth with China just missing out on a qualifying spot by 0.05 seconds.
What a race!
So close in this race – Australia now lead 2ft ahead of US, Netherlands currently in third and Germany now down in fourth. Poland and China still really close though.
At 1000m USA still lead just ahead of Australia who are very close to Germany and Netherlands.All very close.
Through the first 500m and it’s USA just ahead of Germant with Australia in third. Netherlands currently occupying the last qualifying spot. It’s all really close.
So now onto the repechage of the men’s eight – 6 crews with four to progress to the final. Australia looking for a bit of better luck after their steering failure yesterday.
Great race from Cuba there – Estonia win in 6:01.46 but Cuba finish just with overlap with Cuba. Czechs take the third semi-final spot.
Amazing push from Cuba they looked well out of it after the first 500m but really pulled it back.
Estonia now leading ahaead of the Czech Republic but Cuba are really pushing through and lead ahead of Slovenia.
Cuba have forced their way back into the race at 1000m – Slovenia now down in fourth. Czech Republic still leads.
Czech Republic lead just ahead of Estonia, then Slovenia. Cuba in fourth though despite being over a length down on the other crews the timing system seems to think they’re in third????
Men’s quad time – three to the semi-final from four boats.
Germany win (6:36.17) with just over a length and then USA come in second. Ukraine and Australia in a photo finish for third but Australia just pip it. Canada comes through in fifth just missing out on a spot in the final.
Germany still lead but not looking 100% comfortable. United States in second and Australia and Ukraine really close behind. Canada about two seconds behind the top four.
Germany a length ahead of USA who are half a length ahead Australia, Ukraine currently in fourth. Canada currently sat in fifth.
Germany come through in the lead about a length ahead of Australia, USA and Ukraine who are very close.
Onto the women’s quad – four of these boats will progress to the final. GB already through along with China.
Katherine Boron going for a fifth Olympic gold medal in the German boat.
Strong finish by Ireland winning by over a length in 6:21.79. Netherlands come through ahead of USA. Egypt finish in fourth.
Good push from Ireland in the third 500m and they come through now in 1st place. Ireland have about a length over both Netherlands and USA.
As we come through 1000m, Netherlands are leading about half a length up on Ireland who are half length up on the USA.
Egypt dropping off at the back of the field.
Netherlands lead from Ireland by about 3/4 length. Egypt currently sat in third, half a length behind Ireland. USA currently sat in fourth.
So onto the repechage of the men’s lightweight four. Again GB are already through but Ireland will be hoping to pick up a semi-final spot.
Three through so let’s hope them don’t come last.
Hungary have completely blown and Portugal have charged through to win ahead of Cuba in 6:39.02. Japan come through in third and then Hungary who lost it completely in the last 500m.
The former world champions Hungary will be really dissapointed in that.
Hungary still lead by a few feet over Japan, Cuba still close to Japan but now also being pushed by Portugal.
Hungary pushing ahead a little bit, Japan now just ahead of Cuba too. Still really close for that last semi-final place.
Through 500m and Hungary lead ahead of Cuba and Japan sat in third. All quite close at the front in this race.
Second repechage of the lightweight men’s double.
Great last 500m and Germany really charged through for the line and take the win in 6:41.42 – Australia take the second semi-final spot. Uruguay third, Brazil fourth, Hong Kong fifth and Algeria and sixth.
Germany challenging Australia at the front of the pack and now lead by a couple of feet. Uruguay have pushed past Brazil again.
Australia still had the lead by about half a length from Germany. Germany have a length over Brazil in lane 1 who have overtaken Uruguay.
Coming into 500m , Australia cross just ahead of Germany who are half a length up on Uruguay.
Onto the men’s lightweight double – GB already through in this of course. Two crews from this will progress to the semi-final.
(We’ve solved our technical issues too now!)
Just to fill you in in the first repechage of the women’s lightweight double sculls, USA won in a time of 7:22.22. Finland and Japan took the last semi-final spots.
GB just hold of a last minute push from Greece winning in a time of 7:24.23 by about a foot. Cuba take the last qualifying spot.
Through 1500m and it’s still GB still in the lead by about 3/4 length over Greece. Cuba still in third and Mexico in fourth.
GB lead by half a length over Greece with Cuba two lengths behind them. Mexico sit in fourth.
Coming through 500m and GB lead ahead of Greece by a third of a length. Length and half ahead of third place Cuba.
We’ll get back to you with the results of that first repechage but the second repechage is about to start with three going through to the semi, GB go in lane 3.
Sorry we’re having a few technical issues so we’ll just be bringing you the winning times and crews for a while.
So here’s the first repechage of the women’s lightweight double- the first three will go through to the semi-final.
Correction to that last post – there is one more repechage tomorrow for the women’s eight.
Welcome to today’s live commentary on day 4 of the Olympic rowing regatta.
Today we’ve got the final repechages and we’ll have the women’s pair and lightweight women’s double from Team GB.
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