Beijing, China (Sports Network) - Michelle Guerette of the United States earned a silver medal in rowing Saturday at the Beijing Olympics, as she finished a close second to Bulgaria's Rumyana Neykova in the women's single sculls.
Neykova and Guerette were battling for the lead in the final 500 meters and the Bulgarian crossed the finish line first with a time of 7 minutes, 22.34 seconds. The American was just .44 seconds behind.
"I was just thinking 'hang in there, hang in there' the whole way and just go harder," said Guerette.
Ekaterina Karsten of Belarus took the bronze medal with a time of 7:23.98. It was the fourth Olympic medal for Karsten in the single sculls after winning gold at both the Atlanta and Sydney Games and silver four years ago in Athens. She also won a bronze in quadruple sculls at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and is now just the eighth woman to take home medals in five separate Games.
All told, there were seven medal events Saturday in a busy day of rowing at Shunyi Rowing-Canoeing Park.
The closest race of the day was in the women's double sculls, which was decided by just .01 seconds. Identical twins Georgina and Caroline Evers- Swindell of New Zealand repeated as Olympic gold medalists, finishing just ahead of Annekatrin Thiele and Christiane Huth of Germany. The Kiwis crossed the finish line in 7:07.32, and were ultimately declared the winners after officials consulted a video replay.
Great Britain's Elise Laverick and Anna Bebington took the bronze in 7:07.55, while the American team of Megan Kalmoe and Ellen Tomek placed fifth.
The Brits also picked up a gold in the men's four, finishing just 1.28 seconds in front of the Australian team. The Aussies were leading after the 1,500 meter mark, but Great Britain finished strong in the remaining 500 meters for a time of 6:05.57. France picked up the bronze medal.
David Crawshay and Scott Brennan of Australia won gold in the men's double sculls with a time of 6:27.77. Estonia's Tonu Endrekson and Juri Jaanson took the silver by a slim margin, finishing in 6:29.05 -- just .05 seconds in front of Matthew Wells and Stephen Rowbotham of Great Britain.
Australia won the men's pair as the team of Drew Ginn and Duncan Free crossed the finish line in 6:37.44. Canadians David Calder and Scott Fransden won the silver with a time of 6:39.55 to give Canada its first medal of the Beijing Games. Nathan Twaddle and George Bridgewater of New Zealand took the bronze, while the American duo of twin brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss finished a distant last.
Norway's Olaf Tufte successfully defended his gold medal from Athens in the men's single sculls, finishing with a time of 6:59.83. Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic finished in 7:00.63 for silver and New Zealand's Mahe Drysdale, the world-record holder and defending world champion, took bronze despite leading with 500 meters to go.
The favored Romanian duo of Georgeta Andrunache and Viorica Susanu won the women's pair, finishing in 7:20.60 to earn their second straight gold in the event. It was the fifth overall Olympic medal for Andrunache and fourth for Susanu. China's Wu You and Gao Yulan picked up the silver and Yuliya Bichyk and Natallia Helakh of Belarus took bronze.
08/16 06:01:45 ET