Bad day for New Zealanders at world champs

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 15:56 27/08/2013

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The first day of repechages for Kiwi crews at the world rowing championships brought only disappointment.

None of the three boats in action today in Chungju, South Korea, were able to reach their semifinals or A finals later this week.

The closest to achieving a meritorious result was the women's quad, which just dipped out on making the final. 

The crew of Sarah Gray, Georgia Perry, Genevieve Armstrong and Erin-Monique Shelton were almost three seconds behind leaders the United States at the halfway stage, but closed in on the latter stages to put pressure on them and Poland.

However, they couldn't make up enough time to haul in those two crews, who gained qualifying spots for the final. Poland triumphed in a time of six minutes 23.27 seconds, with the US 1.22 seconds back and the Kiwi quartet just 0.61 seconds further back in third. They will contest their B final on Saturday.

The New Zealand men's quad featured a changed line-up from Sunday's heat after the withdrawal of London Olympic gold medallist Nathan Cohen.

He pulled out after suffering a reoccurrence of an irregular heartbeat that first bothered him in a series of training races at Lake Karapiro.

Karl Manson took his place in an extremely young combination with Fergus Fauvel, Nathan Flannery and Hayden Cohen and they weren't able to keep pace with the race's leading crews.

Slovenia, The Netherlands and Canada took the three semifinal qualifying places available in the repchage, with the Kiwis almost seven seconds off the pace required to advance. Instead, they will contest the C final later this week.

The NZ men's four were also forced to settle for a place in the C final after finishing fifth in their repechage.

The crew of Jade Uru, Tobias Wehr-Candler, Adam Tripp and Bobby Kells were last in the five-boat race, over six seconds behind fourth-placed Canada with the Czech Republic, Spain and Germany advancing to the semifinals.

Five-times world champion men's single sculler Mahe Drysdale will compete in his quarterfinal tomorrow while the women's eight face a repechage.

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