Henley Royal Regatta: Britain face Germany in men's eight final

By Richard WintonBBC Sport
Henley Royal Regatta
Britain beat Australia by a length and a quarter in a time of six minutes, 32 seconds
Henley Royal Regatta
Venue: River Thames, Henley Dates: 1-5 July
Coverage: Finals day live on the Red Button and BBC Sport website on Sunday, 5 July from 11:15-13:15 BST and 14:15-16:15

Great Britain's men's eight will face Germany on Sunday in the highlight of finals day at Henley Royal Regatta.

The world champions - competing as Leander and Molesey Boat Club - beat Australia's top eight in Saturday's semi-finals of the Grand Challenge Cup.

Olympic champions Germany won the European title in Poznan in May, before the British crew edged them out in the World Cup in Varese 10 days ago.

The race will be on the BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website.

It will be the first time the race has been broadcast live on the BBC since 1967.

"I am actually really excited about facing Germany," said Paul Bennett, one of seven world or Olympic medallists in the British crew.

"We usually race in six lanes but this will be a real side-by-side, honest battle. It's just going to be a genuine, hard race fought tooth and nail."

A total of 526 crews from 18 countries - ranging from multiple world and Olympic champions to the best school, university, club and junior rowers - have been competing in more than 250 head-to-head knockout races over the five days of the regatta.

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