At the Olympics, Australia has a new era of ‘Oarsome Foursome’ triumph.
On Wednesday, the Australian men’s and women’s fours teams won gold in exciting finals at the Tokyo Olympics, both within half an hour of each other.
Lucy Stephan, Rosemary Popa, Jessica Morrison, and Annabelle McIntyre made up the Australian women’s team. Sue Chapman-Popa, Popa’s mother, was also an Olympic medalist in the sport (bronze at Los Angeles 1984).
The Australians started fast and finished in 6:15.37, only 0.34 seconds ahead of a fast-finishing Netherlands team. Ireland came in third place.
The Australians started well and led the entire way, but they had to dig deep to defeat the Dutch. James Tomkins, the original ‘Oarsome Foursome’ legend, was on hand to give their gold medals.
Alexander Purnell, Spencer Turrin, Jack Hargreaves, and Alexander Hill made up the Australian men’s team. They had the lead early in the race but were only able to hold off Romania at the finish, winning by 0.37 seconds. Italy came in third, followed by a once-dominant Great Britain in fourth.
They followed in the footsteps of the renowned Australian ‘Oarsome Foursome’ boats, who won gold in Barcelona in 1992 and Atlanta in 1996. They also improved on their silver from London 2012 in the men’s four.
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