Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Harvard men's heavyweight standout Vincent Breet nearly captured a medal Friday, finishing fourth overall in the South African coxless four at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Breet finished in a time of 6:05.80, just behind a charging Italy boat that took the bronze medal. Great Britain won the event with a time of 5:58.61. With Jake Green, Jonathan Smith and David Hunt, the 4- boat fought back from a 10th-place showing in the heats to finish first in the repechage and second in the A/B semifinals.
Also racing in the coxless four event was Henrik Rummel '09 with the United States. Rummel helped the 4- to a first-place finish in the Final B. Rummel and the USA just missed out on the medal race with a fourth-place showing in the A/B semifinals. USA finished with a time of 5:59.20 in the final event, finishing over a second ahead of Greece.
Mike DiSanto '12 and the United States men's eight finished fourth overall with a time of 5:34.23. After placing fourth in the heats, the coxed eight came back to win the repechage and advance to the finals. Great Britain won gold with a time of 5:29.63.