A determined performance from Australia’s men’s quadruple sculls crew, featuring NSWIS rower Cameron Girdlestone, has booked them a berth in Wednesday’s final.
In a gripping duel with Poland which saw two lead changes, the Australians made an early statement heading into the medal round.
Girdlestone and teammates Karsten Forsterling, Alexander Belonogoff and James McRae set the early pace but it took a fightback over the closing stages to win the heat.
Three-time Olympian Chris Morgan is through to the double sculls semi-finals after finishing third with David Watts.
The Australians progressed comfortably behind world champions Croatia and France.
NSWIS rower Genevieve Horton, the youngest member of the Australian rowing team in Rio, is through to Tuesday’s semi-finals of the women’s double sculls alongside three-time Olympian Sally Kehoe.
The duo finished second behind world champions New Zealand to move into the next stage of competition.
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