New Zealand’s Robbie Manson is out of the race for Olympic Gold in Rio.
The openly gay rower represents his country in the men’s double sculls together with stroke man Christopher Harris.
After winning their heat, raced in adverse conditions on Sunday (6 August), the double today (9 August) crossed the finish line in fourth place.
They missed out on their spot in the final by 4.740 seconds, or more than a boat length.
Winners were Croatian world record holders and Olympic favorites Martin and Valent Sinkovic.
Second came Norway’s Kjetil Borch and Olaf Tufte and third place was taken by the British boat, consisting of Jonathan Walton and John Collins.
In their heat, Manson and Harris originally beat the British crew by 3.6 seconds, forcing them into the repechage.
Today, a close race saw both crews going head to head over the first 1,000 meters, but Walton and Collins broke away to finish 3.8 seconds before the New Zealand crew.
It was the first Olympic challenge for Manson and Harris, who were pitched as one of the favorites to take home a medal after a successful season.
They managed to win medals at all three major races in the 2016 season.
At the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aigueblette, France, they took bronze, behind Croatia and Lithuania.
In 2016, the double raced to a silver medal at the World Rowing Cup II in Lucerne in May, and in June clocked gold at the World Rowing Cup III in Poznan, Poland, placing before the British boat.
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