Hong Kong is with me in every race, says Great Britain’s Melanie Wilson as she prepares for titanic USA battle

HK-raised rower ready to fight it out for gold in women’s eight

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 August, 2016, 10:12am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 August, 2016, 10:14am

Hong Kong-raised Melanie Wilson and Great Britain go into Saturday’s women’s eight final knowing they can create a piece of Olympic history by beating the powerful Americans.

The British crew reached the finals after winning their heat this week, beating strong rivals New Zealand to avoid the repechage phase and Hong Kong permanent resident ID holder Wilson said she would be flying the flag for Britain and Hong Kong.

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“I can’t wait for the final,” said Wilson, who finished sixth in the women’s fours at the 2012 London Olympics.

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“The support we’ve had out here has been incredible. Although I am proud to be representing Britain, there is always a little part of Hong Kong with me in every race, and never more so than when we fight it out for the medals on Saturday.”

The Americans have won the past two Olympic gold medals and are unbeaten for 10 years. The British team were a close second to the United States in a World Cup event in Lucerne earlier this year, raising hopes that they can cause an upset at the Lagoa Stadium on Saturday.

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There are six teams in the final – the US and Great Britain will occupy the centre lanes in the six-boat race, which also features teams who came through the repechage – Netherlands, Romania, Canada and New Zealand.