London, England – British rowers medaled three times Saturday, including golds in the men's four and lightweight women's double sculls, to cap a successful Olympic run at Eton Dorney.
Great Britain led all countries with nine rowing medals overall and four gold after a good final day of competition.
It claimed a fourth consecutive Olympic title in the men's four, completing the race in 6 minutes, 3.97 seconds. The quartet of Alex Gregory, Pete Reed, Tom James and Andrew Triggs Hodge was a little more than a second quicker than Australia, while the United States took bronze.
In the lightweight women's double sculls, Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking took first with a time of 7:09.30. That was 2.63 seconds quicker than China, and 2.79 seconds faster than Greece.
The British nearly made it a third gold in a row. Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter were leading for most of their lightweight men's double sculls final. but they faded in the final 500 meters, and Denmark's Mads Rasmussen and Rasmus Quist overtook them for the victory, winning by 0.61 seconds
Purchase and Hunter had plenty of cushion to hang on for silver. New Zealand finished third.
In the final race, women's single sculls, Czech Miroslava Knapkova broke through for gold. She won the world championship in 2011, but had finished out of the medals in each of her previous two Olympic appearances.
Knapkova won in 7:54.37, more than three seconds ahead of Denmark's Fie Udby Erichsen. Australian Kim Crow won the bronze.