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Brokeback cyclist takes Olympic gold

The Local · 3 Aug 2012, 16:21

Published: 03 Aug 2012 16:21 GMT+02:00

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The grins on Vogel's and teammate Miriam Welte’s faces were no less broad for the fact that they only reached the final thanks to the disqualification of the British team – and then saw their silver turn to gold after their Chinese opponents were also penalised.

“We would have liked to have won differently,” admitted Welte, Die Welt reported on Friday. Vogel has spent years recovering from a horrific collision with a minivan in 2009 which left her with a broken vertebra.

Their gold was added to by the men’s quadruple sculls team after Karl Schulze, Tim Grohmann, Philipp Wende and Lauritz Schoof led from the start, crossing the line ahead of Croatia and Australia.

“That was very impressive. I had not reckoned on such a lead. The Croats never had the feeling they could overtake,” said German trainer Hartmut Buschbacher. “We knew that today was going to be our day.”

It was the third rowing medal for Germany, following the gold for the eight-man team and the silver won by the women’s four team.

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Your comments about this article

19:06 August 3, 2012 by Beachrider
Ummmmm. "Brokeback" has a clear, separate connotation that just doesn't appear useful in this article, as written.

... Perhaps a different word?
20:35 August 3, 2012 by charlenej
I can't with this title. Please let native speakers approve these things before

you post!
21:48 August 3, 2012 by melbournite
awww.. they make a pretty cute couple
22:34 August 3, 2012 by Leo Strauss

Brokeback? As recommended above, please consult with native speakers before publishing... or at least pan back and give us the full shot. :)
02:15 August 4, 2012 by DOZ
10:09 August 4, 2012 by yahma
I clicked this article for the picture alone.
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