APPETITE FOR ROWING

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Australia's Daniel Noonan holds the roars as he waits for the start of a men's quadruple rowing sculls heat in Eton Dorney, near Windsor, England, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
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Australia's Daniel Noonan holds the roars as he waits for the start of a men's quadruple rowing sculls heat in Eton Dorney, near Windsor, England, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Yes, there were plenty of empty seats at the tennis and gymnastics on the opening day of the London Olympics. But the crowds continue to flock to the rowing regatta in Windsor.

A capacity crowd enjoyed a packed day of action on Saturday. And despite there being a shorter schedule 24 hours later, the grandstands were close to full by start of racing Sunday. There were even so-called "Mexican waves."

That's just for the early-morning repechages — where the lower-ranked rowers get a second chance to qualify for the later stages. There really is an appetite for rowing in Britain.

— Steve Douglas — Twitter http://twitter.com/sdouglas80

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