Rowing's run at the 2016 Olympics came to an end Saturday with four medal events, including the men's and women's single sculls and men's and women's eights.
The focus coming into Saturday's events was on the women's eights, as the United States team was seeking its third straight gold medal. They captured it, extending their world title streak (including World Championships and the Olympics) to 11 years.
Here are the results from each race from the final day of rowing competition.
Rowing: Men's Single Sculls
|2016 Olympic Results - Men's Single Sculls|
|Gold||Mahe Drysdale (New Zealand)||6:41.34|
|Silver||Damir Martin (Croatia)||6:41.34|
|Bronze||Ondrej Synek (Czech Republic)||6:44.10|
Mahe Drysdale and Damir Martin provided one of the greatest finishes in any event we'll see during these Olympics.
Martin led most of the men's scull finale, with Drysdale closing the gap down the stretch. As the pair were making their way to the finish line, it was a virtual dead when this happened, per BBC Sport:
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Have you ever seen anything like this!? Mahe Drysdale takes single sculls gold... just! https://t.co/Lwvrwbys18 https://t.co/5nY1L7cc7q2016-8-13 13:45:22
Drysdale took home the gold medal by millimeters over Martin. It took a minute before a winner was declared as officials determined whose scull crossed first.
It may be possible to have a closer finish in a race than the one Drysdale and Martin provided, but it would be a safe bet to say it will be a long time before anything like this happens again.
Rowing: Women's Single Sculls
|2016 Olympic Results - Women's Single Sculls|
|Gold||Kim Brennan (Australia)||7:21.54|
|Silver||Gevvie Stone (United States)||7:22.92|
|Bronze||Jingli Duan (China)||7:24.13|
Australia's Kim Brennan finally finished a mission she started four years ago in London, capturing gold in the women's individual scull event.
Brennan has been on a steady rise after capturing bronze in this event in 2012. She won gold at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships as well as a silver in 2014.
Unfavorable conditions during Brennan's qualifying heat led to a disappointing third-place finish in Heat 1, but she figured things out during the finals to walk away from Rio with a victory.
Gevvie Stone of the U.S. finished second. This was her second consecutive Olympic appearance in this race, and she greatly improved upon her seventh-place finish in 2012.
China's Jingli Duan rounded out the medalists, finishing third in the finals and giving her home country its first-ever Olympic medal in the women's individual scull event.
Rowing: Men's Eight
|2016 Olympic Results - Men's Eight|
Great Britain moved back to the top of the men's eight mountain in the Olympics for the first time in 16 years, knocking off defending gold-medal winner Germany with relative ease.
Great Britain was the favorite coming in. It "became the second country after Germany to complete the full four year cycle of world championship and Olympic racing unbeaten," per Oli Rosenbladt of NBCOlympics.com.
The German team took home a silver medal in the race. The United States had a chance to medal after a strong showing in qualifying, but it was unable to catch the Netherlands. This marks the second consecutive Olympics in which the U.S. has failed to medal in this event.
Rowing: Women's Eight
|2016 Olympics Results - Women's Eight|
The American women fulfilled their quest for a third consecutive Olympic gold in the eight competition.
The United States' level of dominance in this event extends far beyond the Olympics and dates back to 2006:
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#USA’s women’s eight rowers are on another level 🙌🏼 #Rio2016 https://t.co/5aFw1DsOIm2016-8-13 16:07:21
It was also a big day for the women of Great Britain, who earned the nation's first Olympic medal in the event with a second-place finish just ahead of Romania.
It needed a tremendous surge over the last 1,000 meters to move from sixth place to secure its place in history.
Romania responded nicely on this stage after finishing third in the qualifying heat group that also included the United States and the Netherlands.