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Old Lyme's Hack, Corrigan to race for Olympic gold in men's rowing eight

Old Lyme High School graduates Austin Hack and Liam Corrigan will be competing for a medal as members of the United States men's eight, which qualified for the finals in its rowing event at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

After just falling short of qualifying for the finals in its heat race last weekend, the men's eight took advantage of its second chance and earned a spot in the medal race Wednesday by placing third in the repechage at the Sea Forest Waterway venue. The top four finishers moved on to the final, which will be held Thursday at 9:25 p.m. (EDT).

Hack, 29, is competing in his second Olympics with the men's eight. The United States placed fourth in the 2016 Olympics.

Corrigan, 23, is a first-time Olympian.

New Zealand, Great Britain and Australia also qualified for the finals, joining heat winners Germany and Netherlands.

The United States last won a medal in the men's eight in 2008, taking third.

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