Sil­ver medal, NZ record and a world ti­tle

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Ti­tahi Bay’s Steve Kent was a cru­cial mem­ber of the New Zealand Black Fins that were crowned Life­sav­ing World Cham­pi­ons for the third con­sec­u­tive time in the Nether­lands last week.

With five days of com­pe­ti­tion split across the pool and the beach, the Life­sav­ing World Cham­pi­onships is the largest in­ter­na­tional life­sav­ing sport com­pe­ti­tion in the world.

All the events are based around res­cue ca­pa­bil­ity and are spe­cific to sav­ing peo­ple’s lives.

Ear­lier in the week, the 12-strong Black Fins squad were the over­all win­ner of the pool events, tra­di­tion­ally not their strong­est suit.

Kent, the Fins’ vice-cap­tain, won a sil­ver medal and set a New Zealand record in the men’s 100m man­nequin carry with a time of 45.98.

He was also a gold medal win­ner in the men’s tube res­cue with team­mates Cory Tay­lor, Andy McMil­lan and Chris Daw­son.

At his fifth world cham­pi­onships, Kent is also the first ath­lete in the his­tory of the event to make A fi­nals in six in­di­vid­ual events and all of the re­lays.

Black Fins coach Ja­son Po­cock made spe­cial men­tion of the feat.

‘‘He is an ab­so­lute unit and one very spe­cial ath­lete,’’ Po­cock said.

Kent said for New Zealand to win the pool and beach ti­tles was a tes­ta­ment to the hard work put in by the team.

‘‘It’s some­thing spe­cial that my­self and the rest of the team will re­mem­ber for­ever,’’ he said.

‘‘Win­ning the pool ti­tle of­fi­cially was a big step up from where we’ve been be­fore, and to back that up with the beach [ti­tle] is phe­nom­e­nal.

‘‘No one has ever done so to achieve both in the same worlds.’’

The Black Fins fin­ished with 881 points, ahead of Aus­tralia’s 792 and France’s 599.

The bian­nual World Life­sav­ing Cham­pi­onships has more than 3000 com­peti­tors tak­ing part from all over the world.

The Black Fins won the world ti­tle in Aus­tralia in 2012 and in France in 2014.

The Ju­nior Black Fins fin­ished strongly in the pool to take sec­ond place over­all, be­hind Aus­tralia.

PHOTO: BLACK FINS

The Black Fins Life­sav­ing world cham­pi­onship win­ning team, with Steve Kent, far right in the sec­ond row from the top, hold­ing a tro­phy.

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