Last Updated: 02/08/12 4:49pm
Great Britain's lightweight men's four had to settle for silver after just being pipped on the line by South Africa in a sensational finish to the final at Eton Dorney.
In another piece of thrilling action on the rowing lake, four crews were all vying for the gold medal inside the final sprint for the line.
The British crew of Richard and Peter Chambers, Rob Williams and Chris Bartley had dropped off the early pace as Denmark raced out into the lead, but the challengers caught up in the latter stages.
Stalking the tiring leaders, GB and Australia both came charging into contention but it was the South Africans who came finishing strongest of all to pip them all for the gold.
Britain fell just over two tenths of a second short in the end, as they edged out 2008 champions Denmark into bronze.
Williams struggled to contain his disappointment at missing out on gold.
"It's a tough event," he said. "We wanted to win. A silver isn't fantastic but it's a medal at the Olympics and you've seen the event: you can't walk into it and expect to get anything.
"We wanted to win but there isn't just two crews. It's not like we could have been three lengths back and got the silver. We have to be happy to get a medal - these are a home Olympic Games and we're silver medallists, it's not terrible.
"It's a shame we didn't win - we really wanted to win. But what can you do? We did everything we could."
New Zealand's Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan won Olympic gold in the men's double sculls, with the British crew finishing in fifth.
World champions Cohen and Sullivan won in six minutes 31.67 seconds ahead of Italy and the Slovenian crew who were looking to reclaim the Olympic title they won 12 years ago in Sydney.
Britain's Bill Lucas and Sam Townsend made a promising start, leading the field after 250 metres, and they were in medal contention heading into the second half of the race.
But New Zealand and Italy produced strong finishes to overhaul Slovenia and row Britain out of the medals.
The United States retained their Olympic title in the women's eight to continue their dominance of the event, while Great Britain trailed home in fifth.
The USA, five-time world champions and unbeaten since 2006, beat Canada into silver with the Netherlands taking bronze.
Britain were bronze medallists at the world championships in 2011 but they have struggled to recapture that form this week, although a strong finish took them ahead of Australia.
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