Tokyo Olympics: Near perfect start for Kiwi rowers as four boats advance from heats

New Zealand's rowers have had a near perfect day on the water to start the rowing regatta at the Tokyo Olympics, with four of five boats advancing from their heats at Sea Forest Waterway.

Single scullers Jordan Parry and Emma Twigg both sealed their places in their respective quarter-finals, while the men's and women's double sculls Chris Harris and Jack Lopas, and Brooke Donoghue and Hannah Osborne both advanced into semi-finals.

In the second race of the regatta on Friday, single sculler Jordan Parry got the ball rolling for the Kiwi contingent, booking his place in the quarter-finals with a second-placed finish in his heat.Parry finished just shy of five seconds behind the heat winner, Greece's Stefanos Ntouskos.

This is Parry's first Olympic Games, having won the single sculls spot from Kiwi legend, Mahe Drysdale.

In the women's single sculls, Emma Twigg didn't take long to show her class in the hunt for an elusive Olympic medal.

After fourth-placed finishes at London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016, Twigg led from start to finish as she sealed her spot in the women's single sculls quarter-finals.

Twigg finished with a time of 7:35.22, nearly five seconds ahead of her next closest rival - Sophie Souwer of the Netherlands.

Things weren't as easy for the men's double sculls though, with the pair of Chris Harris and Jack Lopas scraping into their semi-final with a third placed finish.

With the top three in each heat advancing, Harris and Lopas finished 0.83 seconds behind winners, Mirosław Ziętarski and Mateusz Biskup of Poland.

Harris and Lopas did enough to hold off the oncoming challenge of Ireland's Ronan Byrne and Philip Doyle, who will compete in a repechage for a spot in the semi-final.

The women's double sculls duo of Brooke Donoghue and Hannah Osborne also put in a strong first-up display, winning their heat to seal their spot in the semi-finals.

American pair Kristina Wagner and Genevra Stone, and France's Helene Lefebvre and Elodie Ravera-Scaramozzino took out second and third respectively.

New Zealand's only blemish came in the women's quad sculls, where Olivia Loe, Eve Macfarlane, Georgia Nugent-O'Leary and Ruby Tew finished fourth in their heat.

Finishing behind Germany and the Netherlands in the quest to book a spot in the final, New Zealand - along with Great Britain and USA - will have to compete in the repechage to book their spot in the final.

China and Poland advanced to the final in the second heat of the women's quadruple sculls, leaving Australia, Italy and France to compete alongside New Zealand, with the top two repechage finishers advancing to the final.

The women's quadruple sculls' repechage will take place on Sunday at 2pm (NZ time).

New Zealand's rowers will be in action again on day two of the regatta on Saturday, with the women's pair of Kerri Gowler and Grace Prendergast, and the men's pair of Stephen Jones and Brook Robertson both in action.

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