Great Britain have won their first Olympic medal in the women’s eight after a late surge secured silver at Rio 2016.
On a stunning final morning of the rowing regatta, the British octet’s fine race brought with it a deserved podium finish.
Katie Greves, Melanie Wilson, Frances Houghton, Polly Swann, Jessica Eddie, Olivia Carnegie-Brown, Karen Bennett, Zoe Lee and cox Zoe de Toledo crossed the line in six minutes 3.98 seconds – just 0.12 seconds ahead of bronze medallists Romania.
Great Britain were a picture of delight as they posed for a team photo after claiming silver
Great Britain’s rowers embrace after making history in the women’s coxed eight at the Rio Olympics
Katie Greves (left) Melanie Wilson (middle) and Frances Houghton celebrate their phenomenal achievement
The women’s coxed eight celebrate a silver medal in the women’s coxed eights finishing second to the USA
This was the first ever Olympic medal by a British women’s eight and the team huddled to celebrate after the race
Great Britain (middle) pipped Romania (top) by 0.12 seconds in a photo finish in Rio de Janeiro
Great Britain crossed the line in six minutes 3.98 seconds in a close finish on Saturday
Reigning champions the United States were deserved winners of a race that Britain started slowly, sitting at the back of the pack at the halfway mark.
However, they upped the ante and entered the final 500 metres in third, before kicking on and holding off Romania to win silver.
The first British medal in the women’s eight capped off memorable Olympic debuts for Bennett, Carnegie-Brown, Lee, Swann and de Toledo.
Eddie and Greves finished fifth in the eights at both Beijing 2008 and London 2012, while Wilson placed sixth in the women’s quad four years ago.
Houghton, 35, was the only member of the boat with an Olympic medal in her locker, having taken women’s quad silver in Athens and Beijing.
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