Olympic return for rowing men’s eight

Men's eight going to 2012 Olymipcs

Olympic return for rowing men’s eight

Canada’s men’s eight rowing team will defend its 2008 Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games. The team ensured its place by finishing second in a semifinal at the World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, on Wednesday. Great Britain (05:31.51) beat Canada by 2.8 seconds (05:32.37).

This year’s men’s eight lineup boasts three returning members from the 2008 team: coxswain Brian Price (Belleville, Ont.), and rowers Malcolm Howard (Victoria) and Byrnes, with new regulars Will Crothers, Rob Gibson, Conlin McCabe, Jeremiah Brown, Doug Csima and Gabe Bergen.