Rowing doc’s Olympic effort ends in medal miss

The pair had kept their hopes alive in the medal hunt despite a disappointing opening to their gold medal defence with a dominant win in a repechage round after failing to automatically qualify for semi-final birth based on their fourth place opening heat result.

But Dr Brennan, who had reportedly been carrying a back injury through the lead up to the London games, was unable to repeat the result in the semi-final.

After a strong start which allowed the pair to sit in third place for much of the race, the duo faded in the final 500m to finish fifth with only the

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