Golden run for NZ row­ers at World Cup

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New Zealand’s row­ers have made a spec­tac­u­lar start to their first World Cup re­gatta of the year.

Com­pet­ing in their first in­ter­na­tional event of the 2017 sea­son, the Ki­wis wrapped up the World Row­ing Cup II in Poz­nan, Poland with six medals – five gold and one sil­ver – as well as two new world best times.

New Zealand’s gold medal haul came from the men’s sin­gle sculls, the women’s pair, the men’s and women’s dou­ble sculls and the women’s eight, while the men’s eight took home sil­ver.

Grace Pren­der­gast and Kerri Gowler scored not only the first medal of the day in the women’s pair but also a new world best time of 6min 49.08sec.

‘‘It was ac­tu­ally a re­ally en­joy­able race. We just wanted to push our­selves and see what we could do, not know­ing how fast ev­ery­one else would be.’’ said Pren­der­gast.

‘‘We wanted to con­trol it, but it felt like we had a lot of fun.’’

Rob­bie Man­son came into the men’s sin­gle sculls A fi­nal as the fastest qual­i­fier and fin­ished it with a new world best time.

Com­pet­ing in the sin­gle sculls event at world cup level for the first time, Man­son was a new­comer in a fi­nal stacked with the likes of world cham­pion and Olympic sil­ver medal­list Damir Martin, Olympic cham­pion Nico Stahlberg, un­der-23 world cham­pion Tim Ole Naske and Olympic fi­nal­ist An­gel Fournier Ro­driguez.

How­ever, Man­son pow­ered away to cross the line and col­lect gold with a new world best time of 6min 30.74sec, an in­cred­i­ble three sec­onds faster than the pre­vi­ous record set by Mahe Drys­dale.

‘‘I was never go­ing out there to race the other guys, I was just go­ing out to put out the best per­for­mance I could and I saw the num­bers com­ing in the sec­ond half so I just put my foot down.’’ Man­son said.

Olivia Loe

Donoghue won and the Brooke women’s dou­ble sculls. The New Zealan­ders crossed the line in 6min 39.13sec, just two sec­onds shy of the world best time.

In the men’s dou­ble sculls Olympians John Storey and Chris Har­ris ex­e­cuted a spec­tac­u­lar race to earn the gold medal.

The women’s eight proved them­selves once again to win gold, mean­while, the men’s eight came across the line in sec­ond place five sec­onds be­hind a fly­ing Ger­man crew.

STEVE MCARTHUR/PHOTOSPORT

Rob­bie Man­son set a new world best time in the men’s sin­gle sculls A fi­nal.

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