Manson, Arms to row for gold in South Korea
Marlborough rower Robbie Manson and his double sculls partner Michael Arms gave themselves an opportunity to chase a medal at the world rowing championships in Chungju, Korea, after finishing second in their semifinal today.
Manson and Arms dug deep after coming out slow from the starting blocks. They pulled in the other crews to finish second place in 6:33.39, behind Lithuania who crossed in the line in 6:30.42. By the half way mark the Kiwis were second and held onto that spot to secure their space in the final. They will battle crews from Norway, Germany, Argentina, Lithuania and Italy in the final on Sunday.
Bowman Arms said "Today was a step in the right direction. It wasn't the best race we have had, but we are happy to get through to the A final. We are ready to put everything on the line for gold in the final."
New Zealand now has seven crews in with a chance to pick up world championship titles in 2013.
In the C finals raced earlier today, Wairau's Duncan Grant in the lightweight single scull finished first, the men's coxless four placed first and the men's quadruple scull was second. In the B final Louise Ayling finished a respectable second which gives her a ranking of eighth in the world.
Out of the 14 New Zealand crews contesting the world championships in 2013, half have qualified for an A final.
- The Marlborough Express
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