Aussies Drew Ginn, William Lockwood, James Chapman and Joshua Dunkley-Smith powered their way through the race in five minutes 57.06 seconds, leaving competitors Germany and Canada in their wake.

In the other heat, GB’s Tom James, Alex Gregory Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge clocked five minutes 50.27 seconds to win over Romania and Belarus by just over a length, taking up the challenge laid down by Australia’s record-breaking performance.

A potential final battle between GB and Australia in the men’s four will certainly be one of the most eagerly anticipated highlights of the Olympic regatta.

While Britain will be hoping to repeat the success it’s enjoyed in the last three games, Australia will be fierce opponents and the two country’s traditional rivalry will add extra drama.

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