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N.E. men gets bronze

Posted by Gregory Lee Jr. Globe Staff  August 17, 2008 06:15 AM

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The U.S. men's eight stormed back from last place to win the bronze medal as rowing competition concluded at the Shunyi Rowing-Canoeing Park Sunday afternoon.

In sixth place at the 500m buoy, the Americans dug deep and used the second-fastest time over the second 500m to move into fourth place. From there they found yet another gear, cranking out the two fastest 500m splits over the final half of the course (1:21.38 and 1:20.21) to hit the line with a 5:25.34, 1.45 seconds behind the gold medal time of 5:23.89 from Canada. Great Britain took the silver in a time of 5:25.11.

The American boat was crewed by Beau Hoopman (Sheboygan, Wis.), Matt Schnobrich (St. Paul, Minn.), Michah Boyd (St. Paul, Minn.), Wyatt Allen (Portland, Maine), Daniel Walsh (Norwalk, Conn.), Steven Coppola (Buffalo, N.Y.), Josh Inman (Hillsboro, Ore.), Bryan Volpenhein (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Marcus McElhenney (Philadelphia, Pa.).

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