Published: Nov 7, 12:37a ET
Updated: Nov 7, 1:58a ET

U.S., Germany close Worlds with eights wins

American women win fourth straight eights title, Germany men edge Britain

CAMBRIDGE, New Zealand (AP) -- Germany edged Britain by 0.62 seconds to win the men's eights final, the blue riband event on the last day of the World Rowing Championships on Lake Karapiro.

The crew of Gregor Hauffe, Maximilian Reinelt, Kristof Wilke, Florian Mennigen, Richard Schmidt, Lukas Mueller, Toni Seifert, Sebastian Schmidt and Martin Sauer won the race in 5 minutes, 33.84 seconds, giving Germany its third gold medal from seven finals Sunday.

The British eight, which held second by 1.5 seconds from Australia, included 38-year-old Gregory Searle who returned to competition this year after a decade in retirement and was chasing his second world title, 17 years after his first.

The United States crew of Anna Goodale, Amanda Polk, Jamie Redman, Taylor Ritzel, Esther Lofgren, Eleanor Logan, Meghan Musnicki, Katherine Glessner and Mary Whipple won the women's eights, beating Canada by more than three seconds. Romania took the bronze medal.

Katherine Grainger of Britain won her fifth world title, partnering Anna Watkins to take gold in the women's double sculls.

The 35-year-old Grainger is Britain's most successful female rower, having won world championships in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007, along with three Olympic silver medals.

Grainger and Watkins combined to win their races at all three World Cup events this season and dominated Sunday's final, winning by more than five seconds from Australia's Kerry Hore and Kim Crow, with Poland third.

Britain finished on top of the medals table after three days of finals with five gold, five silver and one bronze medal. Germany was second with five gold, one silver and three bronze, while and host New Zealand was third with three gold, three silvers and four bronze.

Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan gave New Zealand its third gold medal, overtaking Britons Matthew Wells and Marcus Bateman in the late stages of a close race to win gold in the men's double sculls.

Germany won the men's lightweight eights from Australia and Italy.

Marcello Miani of Italy won the men's lightweight single sculls from Lukas Babac of Slovakia, while Marie-Louise Draeger of Germany won the women's lightweight single from Louise Ayling of New Zealand.

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