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Kiwi rowers send strong statements of intent

JACOB PAGE
Last updated 07:48 28/08/2014
Mahe Drysdale
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ON FORM: Mahe Drysdale secured a semifinals berth at the World Rowing Championships after a commanding effort in the single sculls quarterfinal.

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Several Kiwi crews kept their campaigns alive while others sent out strong statements of intent on the fourth day of the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam this morning.

With 12 of the 13 New Zealand boats qualifying for quarterfinals or better in the opening two days, the team had a rest day on day three, but were back into it this morning.

In the repechages of the women's double sculls Zoe Stevenson and Fiona Bourke's efforts yielded a first placing, which cemented a semifinal spot for them.

The New Zealand duo required a top-two placing to keep their world championship dreams alive and clocked in a time of 7:23.33, with the Russian crew taking the second qualification spot. From the other two repechages the United States, Ireland, Germany and Ukraine also advanced to the semifinals.

Lithuanian sculler Mindaugas Griskonis led New Zealand's Mahe Drysdale in the men's single scull quarterfinal for the first half of the 2000m race. However, shortly after passing the halfway mark Drysdale took control.

With a top-three finish required to advance to the semi-final, Drysdale kept pushing through to a comfortable winning margin over the Lithuanian, who finished second and French sculler Francesco Cardaioli who was third. Drysdale's winning time was 7:09.68.

New Zealander Emma Twigg was competing against the Olympic Champion Czech sculler Mirka Knapkova and China's Jingli Duan.

These three scullers commanded the field to claim the top three spots in the first quarterfinal of the women's single scull. Twigg took the lead early and continued to build on her boat speed as the race carried on, finishing first in 7:48.84.

The men's lightweight double scull of Alistair Bond and Adam Ling were unsuccessful in their goal to progress to the A/B quarterfinals, finishing fourth in their quarterfinal in a time of 6:41.76.

Tomorrow's racing will see New Zealanders race in quarterfinals for the men's double scull, while the women's pair, men's pair, women's lightweight double scull, the women's quad and men's quad will challenge A/B semifinals. The men's lightweight double scull will compete in the C/D semifinal.

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