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Americans advance to final in quadruple sculls

Beijing, China (Sports Network) - The U.S. men's quadruple sculls team qualified for the final round in rowing action Friday at the Beijing Olympics.

Friday's semifinal races were originally scheduled for Thursday, but were postponed due to rain and lightning.

The American team of Matthew Hughes, Sam Stitt, Jamie Schroeder and Scott Gault completed the race in 5 minutes, 52.81 seconds, finishing second behind Italy, which finished in 5:51.20. Poland won the first semifinal heat with a time of 5:51.29.

Australia, Germany, and France also qualified teams for Sunday's final.

In the lightweight women's double sculls, teams from the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Canada, China and Greece moved on to Sunday's final. The American duo of Jen Goldsack and Renee Hykel barely missed a spot in the final round, as they finished fourth in their heat, just 0.16 seconds behind Greece. Goldsack and Hykel will race in the B final, which is used for placing teams in spots seven through 12.

The Americans also failed to qualify for the A final in the lightweight men's four, as they finished last in their heat. Denmark, France, Great Britain, Poland, Canada and the Netherlands moved on to the final race.

The U.S. didn't have a team in the lightweight men's double sculls semifinals, which featured heat wins by British and Greek teams. Italy, Cuba, Denmark and China also placed teams in Sunday's final.

08/15 06:45:24 ET

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