Britain tops rowing medals table with 4 golds

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Aug. 4, 2012, 3:18 p.m. | Sports — by Associated Press

Great Britain's, bottom from right, Andrew Triggs Hodge, Tom James, Pete Reed and Alex Gregory and Australia's, top bost from right, Joshua Dunkley-Smith, Drew Ginn, James Chapman and William Lockwood celebrate after winning the gold and silver medal for the men's rowing four in Eton Dorney, near Windsor, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.
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WINDSOR, England — Britain doubled their gold-medal haul on the final day of the Olympic regatta with victories by the men's four and the lightweight women's double sculls Saturday, leaving the host nation top of the rowing medals table.

The British finished with nine medals — four golds, two silvers and three bronzes — to surpass the country's record total of eight from the 1908 Olympics, which was also held in London.

Britain's flagship four overcame big rival Australia to win the most eagerly anticipated race of the day. The celebrations among the packed home crowd were still in full flow by the time Kat Copeland and Sophie Hosking eased to victory in the lightweight double.

New Zealand finished second in the rowing medals table with three golds.

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