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Hebden's Andy Hodge launches bid for gold with a win
11:33am Monday 30th July 2012 in Local news
Hebden's Andy Hodge has qualified for the men's fours semi-finals, which takes place on Thursday.
The British men's four, seeking to extend a golden dynasty in the event that stretches back through three Olympic Games, dominated their heat.
Hodge, Pete Reed, Tom James and Alex Gregory opened clear water by the halfway mark and they were roared home to victory by supporters in the packed grandstands at Eton Dorney.
Britain won by just over a length from Romania and it was a strong response to their chief rivals Australia, who won their heat in an Olympic-best time.
Things are already shaping up for a thrilling Ashes-style showdown for gold between Britain and Australia on Saturday.