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Australia has a new era of ‘Oarsome Foursome’ glory in the Olympics.
The Australian men’s and women’s teams won gold within half an hour of each other on Wednesday, both in exciting finals at the Tokyo Games.
The Australian women’s team consisted of Lucy Stephan, Rosemary Popa, Jessica Morrison and Annabelle McIntyre. Popa joined her mother, Sue Chapman-Popa, as an Olympic medalist in the event (bronze in Los Angeles 1984).
The Australians came out strong, covering the 2000m in 6:15.37, beating a fast-finishing Dutch team by just 0.34. Ireland came in third.
The Australians went out strong and led all the way, but had to dig incredibly deep to beat the Dutch. Original ‘Oarsome Foursome’ legend James Tomkins was on hand to present their gold medals.
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The Australian men’s team was Alexander Purnell, Spencer Turrin, Jack Hargreaves, Alexander Hill. They ran away from the race early, but only just held Romania off to death, winning 0.37 in a time of 5:42.76. Italy was third and a previously dominant Great Britain fourth.
By claiming gold, they mimicked the iconic Australian ‘Oarsome Foursome’ boats that triumphed in Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996. They also improved silver for the men’s four in London 2012.
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