Brothers In Arms
It's unusual to have two Olympic medallists in one family. It's even rarer when they're achieved by siblings. But that's exactly what the Brownlee and Chambers families can now boast. Peter and Richard Chambers set the precedent in rowing, before the Brownlee brothers both medalled in the Triathlon.
Triathlon gold was the aim of both Alistair and Jonny Brownlee going into the Olympics. But with field full of stars, including Oakley-sponsored Spaniard Javier Gomez, neither could take it easy. In the end, it was Alistair who took gold in a dramatic race. After the serpentine swim, both the Browlee brothers and Gomez were out in front. Jonny Brownlee was then slapped with a 15 second time penalty for mounting his bike early.
The gap narrowed after the cycling leg, so it was still anyone's game going into the run. Jonny Brownlee and Gomez faded gradually as the bell went, leaving Alistair to surge forward for gold. Gomez claimed silver, and Jonny Brownlee sealed bronze before collapsing after crossing the line.
Peter and Richard Chambers brothers lined up in the men's lightweight four also dreaming of glory. The Northern Irish pair were joined in the boat by Chris Bartley and Rob Williams. Working as a quartet pumped up on determination, they gave it their all to take the silver medal.
It was the Danes who raced into an early lead, which they held until over halfway. The GB crew and South Africa continued to reign them in. Eventually, South Africa edged both European opponents to grab gold. Britain took silver as the Danes held of the Australians for bronze. South Africa's win makes it their first ever rowing gold. London 2012 has been full of surprises so far...