Three Kiwi crews win medals on final day of Rowing World Champs

Matt Brown, NZ Herald,
Sport News,
Publish Date
Monday, 2 October 2017, 11:11AM
Chris Harris (L) and John Storey. (Photo / Steve McArthur - Photosport)
Chris Harris (L) and John Storey. (Photo / Steve McArthur - Photosport)

The New Zealand women's eight have joined the men's and women's double scullers on the podium on the final day of the world rowing championships in Florida.

The eight have claimed bronze after the double sculls both won gold.

In her first elite world championships Olivia Loe is elated she and Brooke Donaghue were able to achieve their goal.

"We went into that race with the intention of winning it, but it was such a tight event and such good competition we're a little shocked and stoked we were able to achieve what we wanted to achieve."

Donoghue and Loe had the lead by 1000m and simply eased clear in a terrific performance, winning in 6min 45.08, with the United States 1.49s back in second and Australia third.

The pair had broad smiles as they stood on the dais with flags draped around them.

''We were pretty nervous but we just wanted to go out aggressively and make sure we didn't let anybody get too much of an edge," Loe, daughter of former All Black Richard Loe, in the stroke seat said.

''We're just happy the way it came together."

Men's double sculler John Storey says he and Christopher Harris have surprised themselves.

"It's my first World Champs in the double and my first medal as well, so for it to be a gold is pretty phenomenal."

But there was disappointment for single sculler Robbie Manson.

Manson, who set the world best time in the Poznan World Cup earlier this season, struggled home in fifth.

He was able to get through it at Lucerne but was well off the pace today, finishing fifth more than 12s behind winner Ondrej Synek, which will be a bitter disappointment.

The Czech Republic sculler, who has had a pile of tough duels with two-time Olympic champion Mahe Drysdale in recent years - winning silver behind the New Zealander in Rio last year - triumphed in 6:40.640, holding off Cuban Angel Fournier Rodriguez by almost three seconds, with Britain's Tom Barras third.

New Zealand end the regatta with three gold, two silver and two bronze medals, second on the overall table behind Italy with nine.

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