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Tokyo 2020: Norway rowing pair CAPSIZE during Olympic double sculls event

A Norwegian rowing pair’s medal hopes were dashed after capsizing whilst in second place with 500 meters to go.

Kristoffer Brun and Are Weierholt Strandli – who were bronze medalists at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games – were competing in one of the men’s lightweight double sculls semi-finals.

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The final was 500m in their sight when they crashedCredit: GETTY IMAGES
The pair held onto their boat until help arrived

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The pair held onto their boat until help arrivedCredit: GETTY IMAGES
Brun and Strandli had to be helped by lifeguards

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Brun and Strandli had to be helped by lifeguardsCredit: GETTY IMAGES

The pair were medal hopefuls after breezing past the competition and comfortably winning their heat on Saturday.

Brun and Strandli were 1500m into their race and on course to qualify for the final when disaster struck.

TV cameras captured the pair splashing down and tipping over, which the commentators described as “heartbreaking”.

The Norwegian duo had to hold onto their boat until they were helped by lifeguards.

Brun and Strandli eventually got back inside the boat and finished the race, clocking in a time of 12:16:25 – double the time it took the German winners.

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With their medal hopes now over, they will compete in tomorrow’s B final.

Ireland have a real chance of gold in tomorrow’s final, with duo Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy going fastest in the semis.

O’Donovan and McCarthy clocked in a time of 6:05:33, racing quicker than the German’s.

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Tokyo 2020: Norway rowing pair CAPSIZE during Olympic double sculls event

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