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U.S., Canada women's 8 into final

Updated: July 30, 2012, 3:22 PM ET
Associated Press

WINDSOR, England -- The United States and Canada won their heats Sunday to qualify for the final of the women's eight, setting up one of the top showdowns of the Olympic rowing regatta.

Unbeaten in six years, the U.S. was again dominant in its first competitive outing on Dorney Lake, surging to an early lead and holding its form and synchronicity to win by about two lengths in 6 minutes, 14.68 seconds.

"It was a strong first race," American rower Taylor Ritzel said. "It's always nice ...

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