London 2012: South Africa wins gold in rowing lightweight men's four

AP, Thursday 2 Aug 2012

South Africa win gold in a thrilling lightweight men's four final at the Olympic rowing regatta on Thursday

South Africa rowers
South Africa rowers, from left, James Thompson, Matthew Brittain, John Smith and Sizwe Ndlovu compete to win the gold medal in the men's lightweight four rowing final at the London 2012 Summer Olympics (Photo: AP)

South Africa stunned pre-race favorites Britain and Denmark by finishing powerfully to win gold in a thrilling lightweight men's four final at the Olympic rowing regatta on Thursday.

The crew of James Thompson, Matthew Brittain, John Smith, Sizwe Ndlovu burst through from lane 5 to catch Denmark, the long-time leader, to win in a time of 6 minutes, 02.84 seconds. Britain just edged the Danes for silver, finishing just 0.25 seconds behind South Africa.

Denmark took the bronze, having won gold in three of the four previous Olympic finals in the lightweight four.

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