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Rio de Janeiro — Michigan native Ellen Tomek is getting another shot at an Olympic medal.

Tomek, 32, of Flushing, and Meghan O’Leary advanced to Thursday’s rowing final in the women’s double sculls event at Lagoa Stadium in Rio.

But the U.S. team did so by the slimmest of margins Tuesday morning, edging out New Zealand for third place in a six-boat semifinal race — by .05 seconds.

A late charge by Tomek and O’Leary stunned the Kiwi medal favorites, as the Americans finished in a time of 6:52.92, just ahead of New Zealand at 6:52.97. It took a moment to see their position on the scoreboard, though, due to the photo finish.

“We crossed the line and I knew it was close,” O’Leary said. “As soon as we crossed, I saw one and two popping up on the board.”

And then, finally, they saw the U.S in third.

“I still can’t quite believe it,” said Tomek, who finished fifth at the 2008 Olympics in this same event. “Our first move, (O’Leary) called it, and I went up four gears instead of one because I knew we had to go.”

Now they’re going to the final.

john.niyo@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @JohnNiyo

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