AUSTRALIA'S men's quad scull crew has finished third in the London Olympic final at Eton Dorney.
The team of Dan Noonan, James McRae, Chris Morgan and Karsten Forsterling finished the two-kilometre course in five minutes 45.22 seconds and trailed on Germany (5:42.48) and Croatia (5:44.78).
It was a great result for the crew given that Noonan missed a lot of time out of the boat in the lead-up to London with a rib injury.
The Germans controlled the race from the start and Croatia and the Australians were left to battle for the minor medals.
The Australian crew mounted a challenge for silver passing the halfway mark but the Croats responded and held off the challenge.