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The men's coxless pair provides rowing with its first Olympic medal of Rio 2016. Marco Di Costanzo and Giovanni Abagnale (photo Ferraro/GMT) have won the bronze medal. The Italian boat rowed a model race. Just behind New Zealand from the start, the two Italian athletes were able to hang on to 1500m. At the finish it was the pair from South Africa that moved passed them to claim second place.
Finishing order: 1. New Zealand (Hamish Bond, Eric Murray) 6.59.71, 2. South Africa (Lawrence Brittain, Shaun Keeling) 7.02.51, 3. Italy (Giovanni Abagnale, Marco Di Costanzo) 7.04.52, 4. Great Britain (Alan Sinclair, Innes Stewart) 07.07.99, 5. France (Germain Chardin, Dorian Mortelette) 7.09.91, 6. Australia (Alexander Lloyd, Spencer Turrin) 7.11.60.

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