Junior Black Fins firing at world champs

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IN FORM: Mount Maunganui's Hamish Miller has led the NZ Junior Black Fins to medal success at world champs.
IN FORM: Mount Maunganui's Hamish Miller has led the NZ Junior Black Fins to medal success at world champs.

Four new New Zealand records contributed to the making of history as the Black Fins took out the 2016 Lifesaving World Championship pool trophy in Eindhoven.

Traditionally stronger in the beach events, it was the first time New Zealand had taken out the overall win in the pool.

Wainui's Laura Quilter set the bar high heading into the finals on Day Three of the national teams' competition at Rescue 2016, taking silver in the women's 100m Manikin Carry with a time of 53.21- a new NZ record.

In similar fashion, Titahi Bay's Steve Kent also took silver and set a new NZ record in the men's 100m Manikin Carry with a time of 45.98.

The third record came from team captain Andy McMillan in the men's 50m Manikin Carry with the fourth from the men's 4x25m Manikin Carry, breaking their own record from the heats.

Other highlights came from Quilter who took world championship gold in the women's 50m Manikin Carry with Samantha Lee close behind to take the bronze.

A proud moment came from Kent who, in his fifth world championships, is the first athlete in Worlds history to make the finals in six individual events and all of the relays.

That capped off the pool events for the New Zealand Black Fins who would turn their focus to recovery and strategy with a rest day on Friday before moving onto another two days of beach events in Noordwijk from Saturday night (NZT).

The Kiwis had held on to their lead in the overall standings on 455 points ahead of Italy on 388 and France on 371. Australia and Germany round out the top five.

The Junior Black Fins also had a big day on what was their second and final day on the beach in Noordwijk before moving to the pool.

They claimed another eight medals between them including three silver and five bronze.

They were still in second place overall on 437 points behind Australia with 509 with France moving into third with 298 points.

Coach Jonelle Quane said the day's breakthrough performance came from Jamie Gedye in the Bleach Flags, with a very tight tussle for third place.

"Team captain Hamish Miller (Mount Maunganui) led the team from every possible angle and was relentless. His performances resulted in two individual bronze medals in the men's Board Race, Oceanman Race and part of our Silver Medal Oceanman Relay team with Seb Johnson, Lewis Clareburt and Zac Reid," she said.

Vice-Captain Hannah Williams also led by example, taking silver in the women's Ski final with fellow team mate Grace Kaihau storming home to claim the bronze medal.

Hannah then claimed bronze in the Oceanwomen's Race and rounded out the day with a silver in the Oceanwomen's Relay with team members Grace Kaihau, Libby Bradley (Mount Maunganui) and Olivia Corrin.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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