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2016 Rio Summer Olympics games: Sculls and eights deliver dramatic Rio 2016 regatta finale

8/15/16
Sculls and eights deliver dramatic Rio 2016 regatta finale

Favourite Kimberley Brennan of Australia took a commanding lead in the first half of the women's single sculls final of the Olympic rowing regatta on 13 August and ended up winning by half a length from the USA’s Gevvie Stone.

China's Jingli Duan claimed bronze while New Zealand's Emma Twigg, who had been expected to be Brennan's strongest challenger, came in fourth.

Brennan has dominated the class since taking bronze at London 2012. But she almost missed out on the final in Rio, finishing 14th in the heat rankings, only just making the automatic qualifying.

And she was delighted to finally win gold, not least to bring an end to her Olympian husband, Scott’s bragging rights, after he took double sculls gold at Beijing 2008.

“I've imagined this so many times,” she said. “So much work has gone into this over the past 11 years and I've had so much support from my coach and team-mates. My husband has a gold medal so now we're even!”

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