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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Newbury's GB rower, Matt Rossiter, misses out on a medal in the men's coxless four final

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NEWBURY rower Matt Rossiter missed out on a medal as GB’s men’s coxless four failed to win gold for the first time in five Olympic Games.

The GB team has dominated the event since 1996, but they veered off course in the closing stages of the race in Tokyo and dropped from the silver medal position to fourth.

The 2000m race was dominated by the Australians, with Romania taking silver and Italy the bronze.

Matt Rossiter with his coxless four team-mates. Picture courtesy of British Rowing (49660949)
Matt Rossiter with his coxless four team-mates. Picture courtesy of British Rowing (49660949)

The 31-year-old Newbury man said afterwards that the team – which also included Leander Club team-mate Sholto Carnegie, Oliver Cook and Rory Gibbs – were “absolutely devastated”.

There is still a local medal hope on the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo however, with Charles Elwes rowing in the men’s eights finals in the early hours of Friday morning.

Former Yale University rower Elwes, who is also a member of Leander Club, is joined in the boat by Tom Ford, Mohamed Sbihi, Josh Bugajski, Jacob Dawson, Tom George, Oliver Wynne-Griffith, James Rudkin and cox Harry Fieldman.

The team finished second to New Zealand in the repechage earlier this morning to secure their place in Friday’s final, which will be the concluding event to this Olympics’ rowing programme.

Elwes was also part of the men’s eight who secured gold medals at the 2021 European Rowing Championships in Varese and the World Rowing Cup II in Lucerne.

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