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    Overseas teams dominated the second day of the Royal Henley Regatta in the United Kingdom of Friday (July 5).

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    Overseas teams dominated the second day of the Royal Henley Regatta in the United Kingdom of Friday (July 5).

    Among the visiting oarsmen who trounced British crews were the Potomac Boat Club in the Wyfold Cup for coxless fours, Antwerpse Roeivereniging of Belgium in the Thames Challenge (eights) Cup, and the Dynamo Club of the USSR in the Silver Goblets for, coxed pairs.

    This year 43 of the 246 entries at Henley, a regatta that has the reputation of being one of the best in the wold, are form aborad.

    Their success so far has led rowing commentators to point out the much higher standards of fitness and rowing discipline of the foreign competitors.

    Among the crews who went through the third round of the Thames Cup eights on Friday were the Egyptian Police Rowing Clubs.

    But British international sculler Ken Dwan had an easy win in the second round of the Diamond Skulls over Swiss Olympic oarsman Hans Urckstuhl. Irishman Sean Drea holder of the Diamonds beat off the challenge of his American rival Jim Dietz.

    Seventeen crews form the United States are taking part. The Regatta has been taking place on the River Thames at Henely since 1839.

    SYNOPSIS: The gaily dressed rowing fans gather by the River Thames at Henley for the second day's rowing in the Henley Royal Regatta on Friday. It's Britain's finest regatta and is known as one of the best in the world. The crowds had to watch strong overseas crews dominated local oarsmen.

    In the Wyford Challenge Cup Race for coxless fours the Potomac Rowing Club form the United states took an early lead over the Norwich Rowing Club.

    An easy win for the Americans - just one of seventeen U.S. crews competing.

    The Antwerp Rowing Club rom Belgium were too strong for the Leander crew of Britain in the Thames Challenge Cup for Eights.

    The long string of overseas successes has led some commentators to say the foreign oarsmen are fitter and more disciplined than the local crews. But in difficult conditions the winning time of seven minutes 46 seconds was more than a minute outside the record.

    St. Ives Rowing Club on the left took on the Dynamo Club of the Soviet Union in the Silver Goblets competition for coxed pairs.

    And Dynamo had much the best of it. Other Soviet teams at Henley this year include Trud Kolomna. They've come to defend the Grand Challenge Cup.

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