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Best Olympic moments in Australian sailing and rowing

If you’ve been keeping up with the Rio Olympics, you’ll know that Australia has had some significant highs and lows on the water. This week, we’re recalling our favourite sailing and rowing moments in Rio.

Here’s what made our list!

Laser class sailing win

The Australian sailing team has a lot to celebrate this week, with 25-year old Sydney-sider Tom Burton bringing home gold in the men’s laser. The nail biting race saw Burton drop under Tonci Stipanovic’s guard, which forced the Croatian to chase hard and hit Burton’s Laser. As a result Stipanovic was made to perform a penalty turn.

Burton, who trains in Middle Harbour, told the Daily Telegraph that his win and journey to success was a ‘long one’. Not only did Burton miss his sister’s wedding, but he also missed the Olympic opening ceremony in order improve his chances of a good result.

The effort clearly paid off!

Single sculling gold

Kim Brennan made headlines last week, taking home gold in the single sculls rowing event at Lagoa. Her win was made all the more sweet by the fact that it is the first win for Australia in this event. (Bobby Pearce won twice and Merv Wood won gold once in the men’s division in 1928, 1932 and 1948 respectively.)

Brennan took up sculling after sustaining a knee injury in track and field. Right now, she is said to be contemplating her future as a rower, and is reported as saying to ABC.net.au that there are a lot of young girls coming through who can hopefully fill my shoes.

Brennan is also a professional lawyer.

Silver for men’s 4 rowing

Australia’s ‘Oarsome Foursome’ came in second to Great Britain in the 2,000 metre men’s rowing final this week. Great Britain has dominated this event for the past 20 years. Although Australia did take home gold in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Aussie team member Nick Green reportedly told the Sydney Morning Herald that Great Britain’s number 2 rower Mohamed Sbihi was so ‘big and strong’ he could be centre-half forward for Hawthorn footy club.

The comparative size of Great Britain’s team is said to have a lot to do with their success.

What’s your favourite moment?

If you have a favourite boating or rowing moment at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, please leave a comment or post your thoughts on our Facebook page, which features updates and insights for the Australian boating community.

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