International unit beats US in women’s championship eights at Head of the Charles

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Eight of the world’s best scullers climbed into the same boat Sunday and raced to victory in the women’s championship eights at the Head of the Charles, gaining the finish line in 15 minutes, 59.55 seconds and beating the eight-time world champion US Rowing team by 1.20 seconds.

The team, often called the Great8, was rowing under the banner of the regatta host Cambridge Boat Club, but it is a multinational crew of scullers: three from New Zealand, and one each from the Czech Republic, the US, Austria, Lithuania, and the Netherlands.

“It was a great experience,’’ said Miroslava Knapkova, 2012 single sculls Olympic gold medalist from the Czech Republic.

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