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Kaspryzk and the U.S. Men's 8 Narrowly Miss the Bronze in Olympic Final

August 1, 2012

Olympic rowing scene
Drexel's former rower Steve Kaspryzk and the United States men's eight missed a bronze medal finished by just 0.3 seconds to Great Britain on the world-class waters of the Eton Dorney Lake.

Germany, unbeaten in three years and the favorite leading into the Olympic Games, crossed the finish line first with a time of 5:48.75 for a gold medal. Canada claimed a silver medal with a time of 5:49.98 followed by Great Britain at 5:51.18 for a bronze medal.

The United States men's eight featured coxswain Zach Vlahos (Piedmont, Calif.), stroke Grant James (DeKalb, Ill.), David Banks (Potomac, Md.), Drexel standout Kasprzyk (Cinnaminson, N.J.), Jake Cornelius (Brooktondale, N.Y.), Brett Newlin (Riverton, Wyo.), Ross James (DeKalb, Ill.), Will Miller (Duxbury, Mass.) and Giuseppe Lanzone (Annandale, Va.).

The Netherlands finished fourth with a time of 5:51.72, while Australia took sixth overall with a time of 5:51.87. Poland won Final B, a non-medal event, with a top-time of 5:57.67. Ukraine stopped the clock second at 6:07.33.

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Wednesday, August 1

Final A
Gold - Germany – 5:48.75
Silver- Canada – 5:49.98
Bronze- Great Britain – 5:51.18
4. United States – 5:51.48
5. Netherlands – 5:51.72
6. Australia – 5:51.87

Final B
1. Poland - 5:57.67
2. Ukraine - 6:07.33

Saturday, July 28

Heat 1
1. United States 5:30.72
2. Australia 5:32.43
3. Poland 5:35.64
4. Ukraine 5:38.02

Heat 2
1. Germany 5:25.52
2. Great Britain 5.27.61
3. Netherlands 5:28.99
4. Canada 5:37.91

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