Heroic ef­fort by Kent

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Steven Kent didn’t let a dis­lo­cated kneecap keep him from win­ning a medal and help­ing his Black Fins life­sav­ing team de­fend their world ti­tle last week.

The Com­mon­wealth Games swimmer, from Ti­tahi Bay, pro­duced a gutsy ef­fort on the fourth day of the com­pe­ti­tion in the south of France, tak­ing bronze with his team in the men’s tube res­cue. He suf­fered the in­jury at the start of the event, but ploughed on.

He fin­ished the world champs with one gold ( men’s 200m ob­sta­cles, in a world record time) and two bronzes (100m res­cue med­ley and men’s tube res­cue).

On day two, the Wellington pair­ing of Tash Hind and Sa­man­tha Lee, along with Natalie Peat ( Pa­pamoa) and Laura Quil­ter (Wainui), won gold in the women’s board race.

Lee had a fab­u­lous start to the com­pe­ti­tion on day one, break­ing the world mark in the women’s 100m res­cue med­ley to take gold, with Hind fifth.

Lee also won the women’s 200m ob­sta­cles and 4 x 50m ob­sta­cles re­lay with Hind, Quil­ter and Peat.

New Zealand’s 23- point win gave them the Alan Whelp­ton Trophy for the third time, after wins in 1998 and 2012.

The ti­tle was se­cured in the fi­nal event of the day, when New Zealand sprinter Paul CracroftWil­son out­paced Aus­tralian ri­val Jake Lynch in the last leg of the men’s team re­lay.

But the real foun­da­tion for vic- tory was laid on the first two days in the pool, when Kent and the Lyall Bay pair of Lee and Hind helped New Zealand rip the heart out of Aus­tralia’s chal­lenge.

The swim­mers broke three world records, and Lee’s three golds moved her one ahead of Mor­gan Foster’s six life­sav­ing golds at world cham­pi­onships.

Hind took home a gold, two sil­vers and a bronze.

Cham­pi­ons: The suc­cess­ful Black Fins life­sav­ing team, who de­fended their world cham­pi­onship ti­tle in Mont­pel­lier, France, last week.

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