Oh Canada! North Americans Claim Second in Men’s Eight Rowing on London’s Dorney Lake
Great Britain’s Men’s Eight Rowing Team had their sights set on the seemingly unbeatable German team throughout the week. But it was Canada who’d rain even more on their parade in the Final on Wednesday.
“An unreal race, we were so stoked,” Canada’s Doug Csima said. “We executed our plan exactly and it was a great feeling rowing through the British in the last 250 metres. We’re happy.”
With Germany ultimately taking the victory, the charging Canadians passed up the Summer Games hosts, who were a mere second behind the leaders at one point. The North American team ended 1.2 seconds in front of the Brits – finishing in 5:49.98.
“At 750 (metres), I said: ‘Guys put on your hard hats. It’s time to go to work.’” said Canadian coxswain Brian Price. “And they went to work. It was all about just work, work, work. Every stroke.”
And although they claimed a medal for their country during the biggest sporting year in recent UK history, Great Britain was far from pleased with the result after being clipped by the 2008 Champions for a third place finish.
“We came here to win,” the UK’s James Foad said. “I never thought I would say that I wouldn’t be happy with a podium spot, but I’m not.”
The Brits were hoping to capitalize on the partisan crowd’s noise and the hopes of their country for a potential upset. But it was a big obstacle to scale from the onset.
Germany was the raining World Champion, unbeaten since 2008. Canada came in defending their title, despite bringing in a team that only carried three rowers from the Beijing team.
The Commonwealth nation charged into the Games flat – finishing last in its heat race and displaying signs of slowing late in the event. But the Final on Wednesday was a different story – with the Canadians engaging in a massive surge to take the runner up spot.
All in all, it was one dazzling climax to what had been one intense week of speculation as to who’d emerge from the pack with so many expectations lingering.