Rowing: Kiwi women crews claim four gold medals at Poland World Cup

Emma Twigg with her gold medal.
Emma Twigg with her gold medal. Photo credit: Photosport

New Zealand's women rowers have led the way at the latest Rowing World Cup regatta in Poland, claiming four gold medals.

Single-sculler Emma Twigg's led the gold-medal surge, while the pair of Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler, double scullers Olivia Loe and Brooke Donoghue, and lightweight double scullers Jackie Kiddle and Zoe McBride also came out on top.

In total, New Zealand collected six medals, with Tom Murray, and Michael Brake taking silver in the men's pair, and the men's quad won bronze.

But Twigg's performance was the standout, as she was competing in her first international regatta since the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she finished fourth.

Twigg pipped Austrian rival Magdalena Lobnig by 0.12s in a winning time of 8m 4.45s.

"This regatta was sort of a welcome back, but also a shock to the system," she told World Rowing. "We had clear goals for each race here, and my goal for this race was just to enjoy it and find my rhythm, and maybe that helped with the result,"

Elsewhere, the newlook NZ men's eight, featuring dual Olympic gold medalists Hamish Bond and Mahe Drysdale, had a promising debut, finishing fourth in their race and missing the podium by 1.31s.

The NZ lightweight men's double sculls crew of Harrison Somerville and Matthew Dunham were fifth in their 'A' final.

There were two disappointing results in the men's events, as single-sculler Robbie Manson, had to settle for victory in the 'B' final, after finishing fourth in his semi-final, while the 2017 men's double sculls world champs Chris Harris and John Storey only managed a 'C' final win.

The New Zealand squad now move onto the final World Cup event of the season in Rotterdam, before heading home to prepare for the August world champs.