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US Crew Win Historic King's Cup At Henley Royal Regatta

Military teams from eight countries were competing for the title.

The United States Armed Forces have won the 2019 King’s Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.

The final was billed as the battle of the finishers with both crews, the US and the German Bundeswehr, proving their strength at the end.

As expected, it was neck and neck from the start with each team edging in front at crucial parts of the course.

However, having kept a steady stroke rate until the closing stages, the US pulled ahead in front of the grandstand and took the finish line by three-quarters of a length. 

The UK Armed Forces Team was knocked out by the French in Friday's semifinals.

It was the first time mixed crews competed on the iconic course (Picture: King's Cup).

The historic final means 100 years on, the King’s Cup is once again taking centre stage at the world-famous regatta.

In 1919, after the end of The Great War, the Peace Regatta took place at Henley - the six allied powers competing for the King's Cup at a time when sport was seen as a way to reunite the world.

Australia won and took the King's Cup back home.

Since then, it has been competed for in their national rowing championship but has never left Aussie shores.

Watch: King's Cup returns to Henley Royal Regatta after 100-year absence

This year, the six original teams - the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France and Great Britain - were joined by the German and Dutch rowing teams.

It was the first time mixed crews, with a minimum of two female crew members, competed on the iconic course.