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U.S. Women’s Eight Wins World Race

September 22, 2002

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SEVILLE, Spain (AP) _ The United States won the women’s eight in the final day of the World Rowing Championships on Sunday.

The Americans held off charges from defending world champion Australia and Germany to win for the first time since 1995. The team finished the 2,000-meter race in a time of 6:04.25, a quarter of a length ahead of Australia.

Canada cruised home to win the men’s category, taking the lead from the start and fighting off charges from both the United States and Germany. Winning its only gold medal of the tournament, Canada finished in 5 minutes, 26.92 seconds, 1.25 ahead of Germany and 2.48 better than the United States.

Germany finished atop the championships’ medal table with a total of 12 medals, including five golds. Italy finished second with 10 medals and Britain third with six.

The Germans powered ahead in the final yards to win the women’s quadruple scull in 6:15.66, with Denmark taking the silver just ahead of Belarus.

Germany also took the men’s quadruple scull. After taking a starting lead, Germany looked set to lose to Poland, which edged out ahead momentarily in the final meters, but the defending pulled ahead in the final seconds.

Chile set a world record in the lightweight coxless pair finishing with 6:29.97 while Italy took the silver and Britain the bronze.

Britain took the gold in the coxed four, with Germany taking second place and Croatia in third. The country’s women also finished first in the lightweight coxless pair.

Italy won in both the men’s lightweight quadruple and double sculls with times of 5:51.89 and 6:10.80, respectively, the second setting a world record.

Australia also set a world record with 6:29.55 in the women’s lightweight quadruple sculls. The country also won in the lightweight doubles sculls.

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