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U.S. women’s eight cap World Rowing Championships with 10th straight global title


Victoria Opitz, Meghan Musnicki, Amanda Polk, Lauren Schmetterling, Grace Luczak, Caroline Lind, Elanor Logan, Heidi Robins and Katelin Snyder of the USA, Women’s Eight compete to win the Final event of the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday Aug. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)


The U.S. women’s eight extended its dominant streak, capturing its 10th straight global title at the World Rowing Championships in Lac Aiguebelette, France, on Sunday.

The Americans earned Olympic golds in 2008 and 2012 and World titles in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The women’s eight, along with other Olympic disciplines, are not contested at World Championships in Olympic years.

This year’s U.S. crew was in second place, .02 behind, after 500 meters before making its move. The U.S. led by 1.46 seconds after 1,000 meters and 3.31 seconds after 1,500 meters. Race video is here.

The Americans ended up winning by a comfortable 2.87 seconds over New Zealand, with Canada earning bronze. Canada had won silver at the 2012 Olympics and 2014 World Championships.

This year’s U.S. women’s eight included one member of the 2012 Olympic champion team -- Meghan Musnicki.

Earlier at Worlds, the U.S. earned its first ever women’s quad World title and took bronze in the women’s pair. The U.S. men earned zero medals in Olympic events at Worlds.

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Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the U.S. men won zero medals in Olympic events at the 2014 World Championships. They won silver in the coxless four.