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2012 London Olympics: South Africa Narrowly Wins Gold In Men's Lightweight Four Rowing Event

South Africa earned their third goal medal of the London games by beating the hosts, Great Britain, by just a quarter of a second in the men's lightweight four rowing event on Thursday morning. Rounding out the medal podium in the event was Denmark with the bronze medal, finishing just seven hundredths of a second behind Great Britain in an attempt to take the silver.

The United States team finished fifth in the semifinal event on Tuesday and did not earn a spot in the six-team final on Thursday. Instead they competed in the B final in which Team USA finished second. Their time of 6:09.23 was good for second in the race, just behind France, and would have been good for the fifth spot in the top grouping had they qualified.

Among the four rowers on Team USA was Robin Prendes of Miami, Florida in the stroke position.

For a complete schedule of events and dates medals will be awarded, visit NBC Sports' official Olympic website. For complete coverage from the 2012 London Olympics, keep checking this StoryStream and visit SB Nation's Olympics hub.

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