Kiwi quad still improving, says Manson

21:57, Jul 30 2012

Robbie Manson was delighted with his crew's outstanding row in last night's quadruple scull repechage which took them through to tomorrow's semifinals.

The Wairau oarsman and stroke of the Kiwi boat said the tough draw in Sunday's heat in which they finished fourth behind the last three world titleholders showed they were right up there and last night's effort confirmed it.

Speaking soon after his race as he relaxed lakeside with his mum Kaye Surgenor, he reflected on a job well done.

"It was a good race, a good win. I knew we could do it and it got our confidence up. I feel good physically. A lot better than when I finished the heat. I felt spent after that. We had the hardest heat. Four of the five fastest times were in that race and we gave it everything.

"We are more relaxed now and we rowed better than we did in the heat and I felt we were in control all the time."

While the New Zealanders are trying to treat the rowing part of the event as they would any other international regatta, Manson said there's no doubt the Olympics are a step up from anything he's rowed at before.


"The competition has definitely gone up at the Olympics. Our crew is going the best we've ever gone. We've got a real shot at making the A final. We need to finish top three on Wednesday. We've got a lot more to give yet."

Manson has been impressed with the facilities and the organisation at the rowing and is enjoying the atmosphere with the sell-out crowds each day.

"I can't wait until the second week when the competition is over and we go into the main Games village."

Manson had only just heard of his Wairau clubmate Louise Trappitt's misfortune of having one of her oars break during the women's quad repechage and felt very sorry for her and the rest of the crew.

The Marlborough Express