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Favored U.S. women's eight wins silver

Updated: August 22, 2004, 9:50 AM ET
Associated Press

SCHINIAS, Greece -- The American men's elite eight crew ended a four-decade drought in rowing gold medals on Sunday, pulling out to a big lead and fending off a late charge by the Netherlands.

The women's eight won a silver medal Sunday, but had a more subdued celebration. The Americans were favored, but finished behind the Romanian boat that they had edged in their initial heat.

After the men's win, Pete Cipollone turned to face the grandstands and splashed water with both ...

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