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Olympics Rio 2016: Mixed bag for GB rowing in semi-finals

Mixed bag for GB rowing team in semi-finals

09/08/2016 at 17:53Updated 09/08/2016 at 18:53

There was heartbreak for GB's men's lightweight sculls team after they finished behind New Zealand in Tuesday's semi-final to miss out on the chance to challenge for a medal.

Finishing in 6:08:96 they were almost a second and a half behind New Zealand, who took third place.

Both Peter Chambers and Chris Bartley were part of the team that missed out on a gold medal in the London 2012 games by less than a second.

Defending champion Kat Copeland and her partner Charlotte Taylor also exited the women's lightweight double sculls at the repechage stage on Tuesday in one of the biggest shocks of the day.

Meanwhile Vicky Thornley and Katherine Grainger kept Britain's hopes alive for further rowing medals after finishing second in the semi-final to secure a place in the women's double sculls final.

Grainger, the reigning Olympic champion, will compete for her fifth Olympic medal to claim the title of Britain's most decorated female Olympian.

John Collins and Jonathan Walton also made it through the semi-finals in the men's double sculls finishing in third behind Croatia and Norway to nab a place in the final.