Rowers win Norway’s first medal in Rio

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Rowers Olaf Tufte and Kjetil Borch secured Norway its first medal in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, a bronze in the men’s double sculls final, but Tufte was disappointed the medal wasn’t gold.

“Right now I’m disappointed, because I think we could have done better,” said the 40-year-old rower who nonetheless became the first Norwegian to have won medals in four consecutive Olympics.

“We are on the winners’ podium, though, and it’s really not allowed to complain about this,” Tufte told state broadcaster NRK. “I don’t mean to be a sore loser, but I’m disappointed that we didn’t get what I think we’re good for.”

Borch, on the other hand, said he was very relieved “and very, very glad.” The 26-year-old rower said he’d promised Tufte to do the “absolute best” he could, and he thinks he did.

Croatia won the gold medal and Lithuania won silver.

newsinenglish.no staff

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