Rowing: Italians take double sculls gold

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Davide Tizzano and Agostino Abbagnale of Italy won the men's double sculls gold medal at Lake Lanier yesterday. Kjetil Undset and Steffen Stoerseth of Norway came second and France's Frederic Kowal and Samuel Barathay third. Earlier, Megan Still and Kate Slatter of Australia won the women's coxless pairs gold medal, finishing just 0.39 seconds ahead of Missy Schwen and Karen Kraft of the United States. Christine Gosse and Helene Cortin of France took the bronze medal, coming in 2.04 seconds further back.

The women's double sculls gold went to Marnie McBean and Kathleen Heddle of Canada, who beat China's Cao Mianying and Zhang Xiuyun and Irene Eijs and Eeke van Nes of the Netherlands. Yekaterina Khodotovich of Belarus won the women's single sculls gold, followed home by Silken Laumann of Canada and Trine Hansen of Denmark. In the men's single sculls final, Xeno Mueller of Switzerland clocked 6:44.85 to take the gold, ahead of Canada's Derek Porter and Germany's Thomas Lange.

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