The New Zealand men's quad scull has missed out on a spot in the Olympic final after a battling semifinal effort at Eton Dorney today.
The quad of John Storey, Michael Arms, Matthew Trott and Robert Manson finished fourth in a semifinal dominated by the red-hot Croatian crew, and will have to make do with a spot in the B final later in the programme.
The New Zealanders could never get themselves into the top-three equation, sititng well back in the field through the first half, and still fifth with 500m to go.
They pushed up to fourth over the final sprint, but finished more than five seconds behind the Great Britain crew in third.
Fastest qualifiers Croatia, who have been in sizzling form this year, dominated the semi, overtaking early pacesetters Russia at the halfway mark and cruising to victory in smart 6min 03.39s. The Kiwis logged 6:10.95.
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