Olympic Games: Rowing - Redgrave on Course for History

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Olympic Games: Rowing - Redgrave on Course for History


STEVE Redgrave took another majestic sweep towards Olympic history today when he helped steer Britain into the final of the coxless fours.

The confidence and power simply oozed from Redgrave and team-mates Matthew Pinsent, Tim Foster and James Cracknell as they won their semi-final at the rowing equivalent of a canter.

With the early morning sun beginning to burn off the murk and mist at Penrith Lakes, Britain surged ahead at the start, seizing a one-length advantage over the opposition by the half-way mark, before easing back to conserve energy while comfortably holding off the challenge of Slovenia and the USA.

And while their time of 6:02.28 was just eclipsed by Australia in the much more competitive second semi-final, it means Britain will still have one of the crucial central lanes in Saturday's final.

If Redgrave needed any more incentive in his bid to win gold for the fifth successive time he could take it from the desire to exact revenge on Italy in the final, the team who devastated the Brits two months ago at Lucerne.

The Italians were beaten in today's second semi in a thrilling battle with home favourites Australia.

But while that meant all the big boys of world rowing were through, the presence of Italy, in particular, was not lost on Redgrave. …

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