United States extends unbeaten run with gold in women's eight

Great Britain's men's eight won gold, reclaiming the Olympic title for the first time since the Sydney competition 16 years ago.

The team of Katie Greves, Frances Houghton, Polly Swann, Jessica Eddie, Olivier Carnegie-Brown, Karen Bennett, Zoe Lee and cox Zoe de Toledo claim the nation's first ever medal in the discipline in Olympic history.

And Great Britain won their first Olympic medal in the women's eight after a late surge secured silver at Rio 2016.

"I was hyperventilating. It was so awesome".

At a post-race press conference, Eleanor Logan, who also won gold with the team in the 2008 and 2012 games, heaped praised on her fellow crew members, saying they had motivated her to improve on her own skills. I just absolutely believed every single stroke, that we had what it took.

Great Britain's Scott Durant, Tom Ransley, Matt Gotrel, Paul Bennett, Matt Langridge, William Satch, cox Phelan Hill, Andrew Triggs Hodge and Pete Reed celebrate with their gold medals in the men's eight final on the eighth day of the Rio Olympics.

Silver medallist Germany came nipping at Britain's heels in the final stretch, finishing just 1.33 seconds behind the gold medal victor.

Speaking afterwards, Eddie hailed all the women who had helped to get them there, telling the BBC: "I'm so proud of these nine girls but there's about 50 more behind us that got us here". We showed speed in training and today was about delivering. "It wasn't by any means a ideal row, and I'm sure we had more in the tank". I could see what was going on around me and I was pretty confident that some of those crews were doing too much and I knew we were in a really, really strong rhythm and what our last 1,000m could do for us.

Britain claimed five medals in rowing this year, the most of any country, including three golds.

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