ConnectU founders falter in Olympic rowing heat

Out of five boats, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss place fifth. But they'll have another shot at advancing later this weekend.

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the identical twins who went from a legal spat with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to a berth on the Olympic rowing team, didn't do so well in Beijing on Saturday. In the preliminary heat for their event, the men's pair (M2-), they placed fifth out of five boats.

In the 2000-meter course, the twins came in with a time of 7:13.64, behind the fourth-place Polish team with a time of 7:01.90. The top three places were taken by the French, Italian, and Canadian teams respectively.

They were in a tough heat: the French and Canadian pairs had both medaled in recent world championship events. And in international rowing events, you're never eliminated after the first round, so the U.S. pair will have a chance to compete again in a repechage (second-chance round) on Sunday to try to earn a spot in the semifinal.

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