In front of a raucous, rowing loving crowd 25 miles west of London at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre, the men’s eight A Final featured Australia and Princeton’s Sam Loch, Canada and Harvard’s Malcolm Howard as well as boats from the Netherlands, home-standing Great Britain, the United States and Germany.
It was Germany that took an early lead off a fast start, but several of the boats stayed within a few seats and by the midway point, Great Britain and Canada were just behind the Germans. Great Britain took the lead away from Germany for the first time around the 1,500 meter mark. But by the time there were 5oo meters to go, Germany reclaimed a one seat lead and held on to win the gold in 5:48.7. Sprinting up lane 5, Canada caught and passed Great Britain to take home the silver in 5:49.98. Great Britain took the bronze with a time of 5:51.18.
An Ivy League alum has now claimed a men’s eight medal in three consecutive Olympics and Howard added to his medal total from 2008 as he – along with then teammate Dominic Seiterle (Dartmouth ’98) – was part of Canada’s gold medal-winning men’s eight boat in Beijing.
NBC will broadcast the taped delay of the rowing finals today from 4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Complete results are here.