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Men's lightweight four win Canada's 2nd bronze of day

The Canadian lightweight men's four rowing crew won Canada's second bronze of the day in Beijing on Sunday.

The Canadian lightweight men's four won Canada’s second rowing bronze of the day in Beijing Sunday.

The crew of Iain Brambell, Jon Beare, Mike Lewis and Liam Parsons finished in five minutes, 50.09 seconds at Shunyi Olympic rowing park.

The Danish crew (5:47.76) successfully defended their Athens gold medal, while Poland (5:49.39) took silver.

Canada used a late surge to grab a medal, and almost moved into second place in the final leg

"We started [with] everything we could in the first 500 to get ourselves into the race. Essentially, through the middle, it's a dogfight and everybody wants a piece of it," said Brambell. "We knew that we had a really solid 500 and it was just a matter of not waiting for it but going, everyone together. We closed our eyes and went for it."

"Coming into the last 500 we seemed to get our rhythm and Iain said 'Go for it,' so we committed everything we had and went," said Parsons. "We knew it was tight, we really had no idea where we were when we started that sprint.

"It was exhausting. There wasn't anything left in the end."

The Canadian crew has had an emotional week, with their coach Bent Jensen fighting pancreatic cancer, and receiving chemotherapy treatments from the team doctor while in Beijing.

The Danish crew put in a mediocre performance at last year's world championships, finishing in 6th place. But they rebounded placing in the top four at every regatta this season.

The Canadian men won the bronze less than an hour after Canada's women's lightweight double sculls crew Melanie Kok and Tracy Cameron claimed the bronze.

with files from Canadian Press