Rowing: Kiwis in 10 finals at World Cup in Poland

By David Leggat

Hamish Bond (right) and Eric Murray compete in the second regatta of the Rowing World Cup in Switzerland last month. Photo / Getty Images
Hamish Bond (right) and Eric Murray compete in the second regatta of the Rowing World Cup in Switzerland last month. Photo / Getty Images

New Zealand crews will contest 10 finals at the third and final World Cup rowing regatta in Poznan, Poland tonight.

And the country has its first finals victory, with lightweight single sculler Zoe McBride winning her non-Olympic class final early today.

New Zealand will battle for medals in the two singles disciplines, both double sculls, both pair events, both eights, the lightweight women's double and men's lightweight four.

In the women's pair, backup pair Olivia Loe and Holly Greenslade finished second in their repechage to join Rebecca Scown and Genevieve Behrent in the final tonight.

Champion men's duo Hamish Bond and Eric Murray comfortably moved into their final, crossing four seconds clear of the British combination in their semifinal.

World champion double scullers Zoe Stevenson and Eve Macfarlane, out of sorts so far in Europe, won their repechage to advance but had to work as they were third at the halfway mark.

The men's double of Robbie Manson and Chris Harris continued a solid European run of form, winning their semifinal by half a second on France in a good duel.

Emma Twigg won her single scull semifinal in 7min 26.050s and faces a quality matchup against in-form Australian Kim Brennan tonight. Brennan won her semifinal in a time almost 3s faster than Twigg.

Mahe Drysdale finished second in his semifinal, clocking 6:47.360, beaten by impressive European champion Damir Martin of Croatia, who crossed in 6:45.820 having led all the way.

The second New Zealand entrant, John Storey, did well finishing third in the same semifinal in 6:50.490 to also make the final.

Both eights crews had exhibition races to sort out lanes for their finals, both finishing second. The women were headed home by Britain in a three-crew race, while the men's eight recorded 5:34.260, almost 2s behind Germany.

The lightweight women's double of Sophie Mackenzie and Julia Edward, who had a bad heats day, catching a crab and having to go into a repechage, finished second behind Denmark to make their final.

The lightweight four had already clinched their place in the final by winning their heat a day earlier.

- NZ Herald

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