US storm to flagship women's eight title

13:01, Aug 02 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.

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.