NZ men's lightweight pair win silver at World Rowing Champs

  • 05/11/2010

By Nikolai Smith

New Zealand men’s lightweight double skulls pair of Storm Uru and Peter Taylor have just clinched bronze in their final at the World Rowing Champs at Lake Karapiro today.

The race was won by British pair Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter.

Uru and Taylor struggled in the rough conditions only just pipping Canada on the finish line for third.

The New Zealand men’s coxless four of Jade Uru, Simon Watson, Hamish Burson, David Eade also picked up the bronze medal in their event, finishing less than one second behind Greece. France won the gold medal.

New Zealand men’s lightweight pair of Graham Oberlin-Brown and James Lassche went one medal better finishing second in the 2000m final today, picking up the silver medal.

The Kiwi pair were neck and neck with French pair Fabien Tilliet and Jean-Christophe Bette at the three-quarter mark where France came through stronger to win in the choppy conditions.

Canada came in third.

In the second finals race of the day the women’s coxless four, the New Zealand team of Genevieve Behrent, Alexandra Burnside, Zoe Stevenson and Lucy Spoors missed out on a medal, finishing fourth.

Women’s quadruple skulls team of Sarah Gray, Fiona Bourke, Genevieve Armstrong, Linda Matthews had a difficult time on the waterm finishing last in their final which was won by Great Britain.

Croatia won the gold men’s quadruple skulls beating Italy who came and second and Australia third in the final.

Women’s lightweight double skulls pair Lucy Strack and Julia Edward finished last in their final, won by Canadian pair Lindsay Jennerich and Tracy Cameron.

Defending champions Netherlands won the gold, with Australia picking up silver and the United States bronze.

New Zealand double skulls pair of Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan have qualified for Sunday’s final.

They came in two seconds ahead of Australia in second place. France came in a close third.

But New Zealand’s Duncan Grant didn't have such a good result, missing out on a place in the final of the lightweight single skulls.

A strong surge over the last 500 metres saw Henrik Stephansen win the race and qualify for Sunday’s final.

Grant came in fourth needing a top three finish to qualify. Italy and Slovakia finished second and third.

Earlier in the day New Zealand’s men’s four won their B final.

The crew of John Story, Matthew Trott, Robert Manson and Nathan Twaddle finished three quarters of a boat length in a time of 6 minutes, 7.71 seconds, ahead of the United States.

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