North Somerset rower’s medal hopes dashed in London 2012 final

PUBLISHED: 11:46 03 August 2012 | UPDATED: 13:25 03 August 2012

Stephen Rowbotham Photo: Peter Spurrier/GB Rowing

Stephen Rowbotham Photo: Peter Spurrier/GB Rowing

Peter Spurrier/GB Rowing

NORTH Somerset rower Stephen Rowbotham’s hopes of an Olympic medal were dashed this morning as his team finished fifth in the quadruple sculls final.

The 31-year-old, who grew up in Winscombe, had made history alongside teammates Matthew Wells, Charles Cousins and Tom Solesbury as they became the first British quad to reach an Olympic final.

Despite being in contention for a bronze medal for much of the race, the team eventually slipped back to finish fifth.

Germany took the gold medal, Croatia the silver and Australia the bronze.

It is his second appearance at an Olympic games, having won a bronze medal in the double sculls at the 2008 games in Beijing.

But it is also set to be his last, as he is now expected to announce his retirement.

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