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By The Associated Press

A rowing club founded nearly 200 years ago and located on the leafy banks of the River Thames is celebrating an extraordinary milestone achieved at the Olympic Games.

Members of the Leander Club, which claims to be the most successful sporting institution in the world, had won 99 Olympic medals for Britain dating back to 1908 before the start of London 2012.

Well, they've just topped the 100 mark.

Five members of the Henley-based club were part of the British men's eight that captured bronze in Wednesday's thrilling final at Dorney Lake. That result sparked a mass clinking of glasses as the Leander officials who failed to land tickets for the race packed into the dining room and bar area at the club to watch it on giant TV screens.

"Obviously it's a significant milestone, but it's part of our long-term plans to carry on being the main feeder club of new talent into the GB international system," says Leander official Robert Treharne Jones.

Heck, many countries haven't won 104 Olympic medals.

That's not the end of the matter. There are still 14 Leander rowers involved in finals at Dorney Lake over the next three days.

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