The U.S. team easily finished first in the men's eight heat one with a time of 5:30.72. Second place Australia finished in 5:32.43 while Poland took third with a time of 5:35.64. Lanzone rowed in seat five.
According to Steve Douglas with the Associated Press, the U.S. men's rowing team is hoping for a repeat of their win in 2004, but they face tough competition from Germany, the reigning champions.
The men's eight final is on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 10:30 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) time. The final will air on NBC 4 Washington at 4:45 p.m. ET. Team USA will compete against the Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany, Canada and Australia in Final A.
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