Beijing, China (Sports Network) - The United States men's quadruple sculls team advanced to the semifinals, highlighting a rain-shortened day of rowing at the Beijing Olympics.
The team of Scott Gault, Jamie Schroeder, Sam Stitt and Matt Hughes finished third in heat 3, coming in with a time of 5:45.77. Ukraine took first place in the heat and Germany finished second.
Australia won heat 1 with the fastest time of the day and Poland took the second race.
The men's quadruple sculls was the final rowing event of the day, as heavy rain forced the postponement of heats in the men's and women's eights.
"It's something that's going to happen in an outdoor sport," said Bryan Volpenhein, a member of the U.S. men's eight squad. "We're used to this kind of stuff. We have to change practice times at Princeton sometimes due to weather, so we're used to it. We'll be alright. It's just something that happens."
Great Britain and China each won heats in the women's quadruple sculls to advance.
In women's lightweight double sculls, Kirsten van der Kolk and Marit van Eupen of the Netherlands had the fastest time, winning heat 1 in 6:50.90. Germany's team of Berit Annika Carow and Marie-Louise Draeger won the second heat and China's Xu Dongxiang and Yu Hua took the third and final race.
There were four heats in the men's lightweight double sculls and the team of Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter of Great Britain posted the fastest time, winning heat 1 in 6:13.69. Teams from Italy, Denmark and New Zealand won the remaining heats.
In the lightweight men's four, China, Denmark and Germany advanced by each winning their heats.
08/10 08:59:47 ET