Team USA's coxed eight, second from right, finished in fourth in the final race.

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Team USA's coxed eight, second from right, finished in fourth in the final race.

August 13, 2016

Karwoski ’12 and the Men’s Coxed Eight Finishes Fourth in Final

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Alex Karwoski ’12 and Team USA took fourth in the coxed eight final in Rio de Janeiro Saturday. The boat completed the 2,000-meter race with a time of 5:34.23, about three seconds behind the Netherlands, the bronze medal winning team.

Great Britain took first in the event with a time of 5:29.63. Germany captured the silver medal, finishing a second behind the British boat.

After failing to qualify for the final after the first round of racing, Karwoski’s boat won Wednesday’s Repechage, placing the men in the fifth lane of Saturday’s final.

After getting off to a solid start out of the gate, Team USA kept pace with the medalists through the first 500 meters, sitting just about a second behind the first place boat after the first quarter of the event.

But Great Britain pulled away from the pack, opening about a four second lead as the race passed the 1,500 meter mark. Great Britain fended off a late charge from the Germans, the winner of the 2012 Olympic race.

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