US storm to flagship women's eight title

Last updated 01:01 03/08/2012
Team USA

CHUCK HER OUT: Team USA celebrate winning the gold medal at the victory ceremony after the women's eight finals rowing event.

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The United States powered to gold in the women's eight rowing final, holding off fierce rivals Canada to win the flagship event and maintain their stunning six-year winning streak.

The American boat took a lead of a third of a length by 500 metres over the Canadians and the Netherlands before extending that as they powered down Dorney Lake, holding on to win by about two thirds of a length.

Canada finished in second with the Netherlands in third.

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- Reuters

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