Tokyo Olympics: New Zealand's women's eight win Olympic rowing silver at Tokyo Games

The New Zealand women's rowing eight have claimed a silver in the Olympic final in Tokyo.

The Kiwi crew finishing less than a second behind the gold-medal winning Canadians, who had to qualify for the final through a repechage.

The silver-medal winning row came less than 30-minutes after Emma Twigg won gold in the women's singles sculls final, and minutes before the men's eight claimed gold in their final.

New Zealand - the reigning world champions never headed Canada - who led at every marker, getting as big a lead as 1.43 seconds.

Tokyo Olympics: New Zealand's women's eight win Olympic rowing silver at Tokyo Games
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The Kiwis fended off challenges from Australia, China and the United States to claim New Zealand's first ever women's rowing eights medal, and the first eights medal for New Zealand since 1976.

It means a second Olympic medal in two days for women's pair Grace Prendergast and Kerro Gowler who won gold on Thursday.

The rest of the Kiwi crew consisted of Ellla Greenslade, Emma Dyke, Lucy Spoors, Kelsey Bevan, Beth Ross, Jackie Gowler and Coxwain Caleb Shepherd. 

I'm so proud,"  Grace Prendergast told Sky Sports.

"I'm just as stoked with this race as I was yesterday. It's a silver medal, but it was incredible, and it was so much fun."I think we've just been a really good bunch together. It's so special to come away with a silver medal that feels like a gold today."

"[I was] asking for everything, and the girls gave it," cox Caleb Shepherd says.

"That's the best we could have done today, and it was amazing. We left it all out there."

"It has been such a long project," says Lucy Spoors."We've been training so hard for three years to put ourselves in a position where we could end up on the podium.

"I think today I'm most proud of the way we stayed composed, stayed together, so that we could put out the best race that we could possibly have."