London 2012: Louisa Reeve and Caroline O’Connor into women’s eight final
11:59 31 July 2012
Great Britain's women's eight crew Louisa Reeve (second from back) and Caroline O'Connor (cox) came up short in the final at Eton Dorney Rowing Lake, Windsor. Photo credit: Stephen Pond/ PA wire
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Olympic rowing: 1. Netherlands 2. Romania 3. Australia 4. Great Britain 5. Germany
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London rowers Louisa Reeve and Caroline O’Connor narrowly secured their place in the final of the women’s eight but will have their work cut out for a medal finish.
Netherlands, Romania, Australia, Great Britain and Germany were battling it out in the repechage to join USA and Canada - winners of the heats - in the final.
London-born Reeve and cox O’Connor, who hails from Ealing, will be pleased with qualification but were unable to produce a confidence-boosting finale.
While Netherlands and Romania battled it out for first place, the Brits spent almost the entire race in fourth place.
Although a safe distance from fifth place Germany, they were not close enough to overhaul Australia in third.
They take their place in Thursday’s final as underdogs in an extremely strong field.
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