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Germany take gold in men's four rowing

Germany won gold in the men's four rowing Friday. Shot putter David Storl secured silver and judoka Andreas Tölzer won a bronze medal. The day also featured several athletics events.

Athletes from team Germany celebrate after winning the Men's Quadruple Sculls Final event during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney August 3, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (BRITAIN - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT ROWING)

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The German rowing team captured gold Friday in men's quadruple scull. The win gives Germany 5 gold medals at the London Olympics, and 19 in total.

The quartet of Karl Schulze, Tim Grohmann, Philipp Wende and Lauritz Schoof led from start to finish, upsetting favorites Croatia. Australia finished third to win the bronze medal. The victory follows Wednesday's men's eight gold medal race, which Germany also won.

New Zealandearned their second and third gold medals at the games with wins in the men's rowing pair and single sculls. Great Britain also won gold in the women's double sculls.

Tölzer wins Bronze

Later in the day German judoka Andreas Tölzer defeated Ihar Makarau of Belarus to claim bronze in the Mens +100kg class. It was the first Olympic medal for the 32-year-old. The victory comes off the back of consecutive silver medals at the World Judo Championships in 2010 and 2011.

Russian Alexander Mikhaylin beat Tölzer in the semifinal, and went on to claim silver in the final after losing to Teddy Riner of France.

Shot putter silver for Storl

Germany's David Storl makes an attempt in the Men's Shot Put at the Golden Spike Athletic meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Friday, May 25, 2012.

David Storl of Germany will hope to best the American favorites

German world champion David Storl has nabbed silver at the men's shot-putting, logging a distance of 21.86 meters, just three centimeters behind Tomasz Majewski, who won gold. Bronze went to Reese Hoffa, who is from the US.

Battleof the females

Londonalso hosted a fierce battle of the East Africans in the distance running; in the female 10,000-meter final, Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba took home the gold.

In the 100-meter women's sprint, world champion Carmelita Jeter powered home in 10.83 seconds, making her the fastest sprinter in the qualifying round. Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare came second, Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica came third.

USA's Carmelita Jeter, center, crosses the finish line ahead of Trinidad's Kelly-Ann Baptiste, left, and Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the Women's 400m final at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011.

Jamaica and the USA are historic rivals in the women's 100m event

The first four of the seven events of the female heptathlon competition have also begun, with the high jump and the 100m hurdles events already concluded. British hopeful Jessica Ennis clocked the fastest ever time for the 100m event in the heptathlon.

The long-awaited start to the track events at the Olympics coincided with severe delays on London's public transport. The Central Line, the only Tube line that links the center of the city with the Olympic complex, had been partially suspended due to a signal failure. Transport officials advised passengers trying to get to the Olympic Park to use other subway or above-ground lines or buses.

ng,sej/msh(dpa, AFP, AP, Reuters)