A sense of relief washed over Suzy Cumming as she lay down her paddle and celebrated with her teammates.

After 36 gruelling minutes on Cairn's Tully River, the New Zealand under-23 women's rafting team had claimed victory in the fourth and final race of the world championships, finishing four seconds ahead of Australia.

But as the Kiwi team congratulated one another on a job well done, Cumming glanced back to the Australian team.

Something wasn't right.

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"They weren't all good. They were all crowded around one of the girls. They had taken her helmet off and had an inhaler," Cumming

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