A local crew of rowers, who made their way into the London 2012 Summer Olympics as an unknown, untested crew, took home the bronze Saturday at Eton Dorney.
The win for Glenn Ochal, Henrik Rummel, Charles Cole and Scott Gault was the country's first medal in the event since the Barcelona Games in 1992.
The U.S. boat posted a time of 6:07.20.
The men are among the rowers who live and train at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center.
Britain earned the gold, its fourth straight Olympic victory in the event, in dominant fashion, leading from start to finish. The Brits crossed in 6:03.97 seconds. Australia was a half-length behind in second finishing in 6:05.19.