SA rowing pair book spot in Olympics final

Lawrence Brittain & Shaun Keeling declared themselves satisfied after finishing third in their semifinal.

Lawrence Brittain and Shaun Keeling. Picture: EWNSport.

RIO DE JANIERO - The South Africa's men's rowing doubles pair have booked themselves a place in the Olympics final and overnight we have the London rematch, Chad le Clos against Michael Phelps, in the final of the 200m butterfly.

Lawrence Brittain and Shaun Keeling declared themselves satisfied after finishing third in their semifinal at the Lagoa de Freitas in good conditions to secure themselves a place in Thursday's final.

Their race was comfortably won by the seemingly invincible team from New Zealand, but Brittain believes that come Thursday, anything can happen.

"We looked at them and we thought it doesn't matter who we have here. Everyone is fast, we have to beat all of them to stand on the podium."

Also in action today on the water the men's four in the repechage.

The Blitzboks have got their campaign off to a winning start as they easily dispatched Spain in Pool B.

They play France later tonight at 9.30pm.

Banyana Banyana end their campaign against hosts Brazil overnight, with kickoff at 2am South African time.

While all eyes on the swimming pool and Le Clos against Phelps as the American looks to reclaim the title Le Clos snatched from him in 2012.

Ahead of the semifinals Le Clos was filmed shadow boxing in an apparent attempt to psyche his competitor out.

Phelps though wasn't perturbed.

"Everyone has their own race strategy. If that's his, that's his.

Set your alarms South Africa, gloves off at 3.28am.