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Byrnes '05, Canada row to A Final at London Games

WINDSOR, England -- The Canadian men's eight, featuring Bates graduate Andrew Byrnes '05, came through with a strong second-place finish in Monday morning's repechage stage of rowing competition at the 2012 London Olympics. Canada earned one of six spots in Wednesday morning's A Final, putting Byrnes in position to row for a second Olympic gold medal.

Great Britain won Monday's repechage, taking a three-quarter-length lead over Canada and holding off the defending Olympic champions, as well as Netherlands and Australia.

Canada will row for a medal on Wednesday in Lane 5, against Netherlands in Lane 1, Great Britain in 2, the United States in 3, Germany in 4 and Australia in 6.

Germany, the gold-medal favorite, and the U.S. were the two automatic qualifiers to the A Final, after winning their respective preliminary heats. Canada finished fourth out of four boats in the second preliminary heat won by Germany, but Byrnes and Co. made up for it with Monday's performance.