New Zealand won its third silver medal at the world championships in Lucerne, Switzerland this morning.

The women's quadruple skulls crew of Sonia Waddell, Paula Twining and the Evers-Swindell twins Georgina and Caroline finished second behind Germany.

The Olympics finished more than a length ahead of New Zealand, with the the United States in third.

It was New Zealand's third silver medal after the Evers-Swindells finshed second in the double sculls and the coxless four also won silver yesterday.

The medal tally is the country's biggest at a world championship.