Rowers get among the medals
Marlborough-based rowing crews picked up 13 medals, including four golds, during day four of the New Zealand rowing championships at Lake Ruataniwha, Twizel on Friday.
Central Rowing Performance Centre crews bagged 12 medals, comprising three golds, five silvers and five bronze during a busy day on the water. Tristan Gregory-Hunt, rowing for the Wairau club, picked up the other gold.
Three medals were claimed in premier events. Tom Murray and Jamie Hunter combined for back-to-back victories in the men's premier pair, managing a nine-second win over the Waikato RPC crew. The pair suffered a gear breakage in the early stage of their heat on Tuesday but made amends in superb fashion in the final. Hunter and Murray crossed the line in 6:35.21, comfortably ahead of Anthony Allen and Paddy McInnes of Waikato RPC from James McAnallen and Corey McCaffrey of Central RPC in third.
They were soon followed onto the top step of the podium by fellow Olympians Robbie Manson and Chris Harris who also repeated their 2016 red coat victory, prevailing in a tight finish. Just behind in silver were John Storey and Nathan Flannery of Southern RPC and Lewis Hollows and Giacomo Thomas of Auckland RPC in bronze.
Harris said the duo were well aware how hard the race was going to be. "We planned to go out hard from the start and keep pushing away, which we managed to do.
"There are lots of good scullers out there, we just focussed on our own boat and tried to row as fast as we could."
The third gold was won in predictable fashion by world champion sculler Zoe McBride who took out the premier lightweight single title by six seconds from clubmate Jackie Kiddle.
Central RPC head coach Mark Stallard said his young squad was living up to expectations. "Everyone is competing really well. They are doing a good job."
He said other notable medals came from Jack O'Leary with a hard-fought silver in the under-22 single, Harrison Somerville with bronze in a strong premier lightweight single field and the premier pair of McAnallen and McCaffrey with their third placing.
Gregory-Hunt, who travelled south to try out for the Central RPC, missed out on selection but stayed in Marlborough to compete for Wairau, won his gold in the men's club single.
The 29 medal races were contested in perfect conditions on the penultimate day. Racing concludes tomorrow afternoon.
Day four results for Marlborough-based crews
Men's under-22 single: Jack O'Leary, SILVER in A final; Corbin Porteous 6th A final
Men's premier lightweight single: Harrison Somerville BRONZE in A final
Women's premier lightweight single: Zoe McBride GOLD in A final; Jackie Kiddle SILVER in A final
Women's premier pair: Kerri Gowler and Ruby Tew BRONZE in A final; Jackie Gowler and Kirstyn Goodger 4th in A final
Men's premier pair: Tom Murray and Jamie Hunter GOLD in A final; James McAnallen and Corey McCaffrey BRONZE in A final
Men's premier double: Robbie Manson and Chris Harris GOLD in A final
Women's premier double: Zoe McBride and Jackie Kiddle BRONZE in A final
Men's under-22 quad: Jack O'Leary, Corbin Porteous, Sean Ducray, Thomas Cummack SILVER in A final; Riley Bruce, Cameron Donald, Daniel Ward, Joseph Graham 4th in A final
Women's under-22 quad: Ella Toa, Hannah Bailey, Nicola Baker, Ella Pudney SILVER in A final
Women's premier four: Rebecca Scown, Ruby Tew, Kerri Gowler, Kirstyn Goodger finished second in A final - disqualified
Men's premier quad: Phillip Wilson, Brook Robertson, Joe Wright, Corey McCaffrey) BRONZE in A final
Men's under-22 single: Tristan Gregory-Hunt 5th in A final
Men's club single: Gregory-Hunt GOLD in A final