Kiwi crews continue early regatta dominance
New Zealand rowers continued their strong start to the 2014 World Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands, this morning with four out of five crews advancing directly to the next round of heats.
The success followed up the first day effort where all eight crews who raced advanced through to the next round.
The men's coxed pair and the women's coxless four both claimed A final starts.
Caleb Shepherd successfully steered the men's coxed pair of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray to a win in the heats. The crew got their bow out in front early and kept on adding distance on their competition, by the middle portion of the race they had a clear water lead over Argentina.
The New Zealanders won in a time of 7:05.6 with a handy lead over the second placed crew from The Netherlands who just edged out Argentina for the line.
Only the first placed crew gained automatic entry into the A final. In the other heat, the British coxed pair also won their race in a slightly quicker time of 7:01.60.
The Manson brothers, Robbie and Karl, in the men's double scull, managed a first placing which saw them head straight through to the semi-final round, with the rest of the crews facing a repechage.
The Lithuanians got out to an early lead, but the Kiwis never gave up, and battled with them down the course, with a quarter of the race left to run the Manson's took the lead.
The Kiwis charged down the Bosbaan in a time of 6:20.77, in what will be a huge confidence booster for the duo, they claimed the third fastest time out of all the heats.
China managed to dash Zoe Stevenson and Fiona Bourke's hopes of a direct entry to the semi-finals in the women's double scull.
With only the first placed crew heading to semi, the rest will face a repechage race on Wednesday. China finished in a time of 7:00.94 which was the fastest qualifying time, while Stevenson and Bourke finished in 7:03.30.
In heat two of the men's lightweight four Australia nudged out New Zealand for the win, but all that was required by the New Zealanders was a top two finish to advance to the semi-finals. New Zealand clocked in a time of 6:17.96, while Australia crossed the line in 6:15.34.
The New Zealanders took the lead early, but as the race played out they just couldn't compete with the Australians, who by the middle of the race had taken charge.
The Danes set the fastest time of the heats in a hot speed of 6:08.26.
The women's four crews that managed a first or second placing were awarded a direct entry to the A final. New Zealand led the crews in their heat from start to finish and had such a comfortable lead they didn't need to sprint for the line. New Zealand won their heat in 6:46.42, with the French crew following well back in 7:01.16 for the second spot.
In the other heat, the United States crew won in the fastest time of 6:44.24, while China were only slightly back for 6:46.76.
New Zealand crews will race again overnight (NZ time) with the women's double contesting the repechage and the men's lightweight double scull, men's and women's single sculls racing in the quarterfinals.
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