WINDSOR, England (AP) — Denmark captured its first gold of the Olympic rowing regatta by winning a close lightweight men's double sculls final that had to be restarted after the seat of one of the British crew appeared to come off its hinges.
Mads Rasmussen and Rasmus Quist edged the defending champion British team of Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter by a quarter-length in a time of 6 minutes, 31.17 seconds. New Zealand's Storm Uru and Peter Taylor won bronze.
After causing the restart because of Purchase's equipment failure, Britain began powerfully but was overtaken in the final 50 meters.
Rasmussen and Quist returned to form in London after three lean years following their bronze medal at the Beijing Games in 2008. They were world champions in 2006 and 2007.
The race was allowed to restart because the crews hadn't traveled more than 100 meters along the course. Purchase stood up holding the seat and the Brits rowed to the side of the Dorney Lake course to get their boat fixed.
Britain has now won a national record nine medals at the Olympic regatta.