Gold for Dutch pair in women's lightweight sculls

Society Materials 17 August 2008 13:05 (UTC +04:00)

(dpa) - Kirsten van der Kolk and Marit van Eupen of the Netherlands took Olympic gold in the women's lightweight sculls Sunday, coming back from a poor start to claim victory ahead of Finland and Canada.

The Dutch pair started poorly, lying last after 500 metres of the 2,000m race but finished strongly to win in a time of 6 minutes 54.74 seconds.

Finland's Sanna Sten and Minna Nieminen took silver, 1.29 seconds behind the winners while Melanie Kok and Tracy Cameron beat the German crew of Berit Carow and Marie-Louise Draeger by four hundredths of a second to secure bronze for Canada.