Gold medalist Kimberley Brennan of Australia celebrates after the medal ceremony for the women's single sculls.
Gold medalist Kimberley Brennan of Australia celebrates after the medal ceremony for the women's single sculls. Buda Mendes

RIO 2016: Gold for rowing star in Rio

ROWING: Kim Brennan will be able to celebrate her honeymoon in style after winning gold in the single sculls for Australia.

The 31-year-old, who completed her set of Olympic medals in Rio, postponed her honeymoon after marrying 2008 Olympic rowing gold medallist, Scott Brennan in December 2015 to concentrate on training for the Games.

Scott confirmed the couple would head to South Africa after the Olympics.

"The song they played as I walked down to the dais was our wedding song, Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk, so I think it was just one of those moments where I thought, this was meant to be," said a delighted Kim.

Brennan said she was still in shock at winning gold but said she was indebted to a number of people.

"It's one of those things that your do so much visualisation and you imagine that moment so many times, but just crossing the line, I couldn't work out whether that was actually it or whether that was my imagination. Again, I can't really believe it," she said.

"People at home see me in my single scull alone, but there are a huge group of people who have helped me to get here," Brennan added.

"The amount of time my coach, Lyall McCarthy, has put in, you can't put into numbers.

"I went in with a really technical focus after I reviewed the footage from the semi-final. I realised that I wanted to sit up and keep the focus on that, be tall and to breathe. I was very much racing my own race and that worked to my favour," said Brennan, who finished in a time of 7mins 21secs, to take gold ahead of Genevra Stone of the USA with Jingli Duan of China in third.

The gold was Australia's first at the Olympic regatta on the final day of competition.

Rhys Grant, who just missed out on a place in the A-final in the men's single sculls, raced in the B-final of the competition and finished third in that race.

Brennan's gold takes Australia's tally to six - just two shy off the eight gold medals won in London.




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