Trio fight it out for single sculls title

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Last updated 18:48 23/02/2013
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GOING FOR IT: The Picton men's coxless quad sculls team, from left, Kieran Gaudin, Mitchell MacKenzie-Mol, Owen O'Brien and Ryan Gaudin.

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Mahe Drysdale may have been missing, but that did not stop the men's premier single sculls final action at the National Rowing Championships on Lake Ruataniwha today.

With defending national and Olympic champion Drysdale on a six-month break, Southland's Nathan Cohen won back the title he last held in 2011, but not before two young scullers gave him a run for his money.

Blenheim's Robbie Manson had a strong first 1000 metres before his New Zealand quadruple sculls teammate Michael Arms, from Auckland, charged home to have his measure. But it was Cohen's experience and superior finish that snaffled the title away from the young duo.

All three scullers were separated by less than a second at the finish line.

Cohen also won the male rower of the year award.

Half a decade of dominance continued for Emma Twigg in the women's premier single.

She made it five years in a row with a convincing five-second win over Southern's Fiona Bourke, with Waikato's Genevieve Armstrong third.

Auckland RPC teammates Kelsey Bevan and Kayla Pratt were jointly awarded the female rower of the year award.

The traditional blue-ribbon eights events concluded the week's racing.

Waihopai won the women's senior eight, while a fast finishing Hawke's Bay won the men's senior eight.

The Southern RPC won both premier eights races.

They easily won the premier women's eight, for the third year ina row, by five seconds from Central RPC and Waikato RPC last of the three crew field.

However, the men relied on a late charge, with their rating pushing 40 in the latter stages to earn a narrow win and a deserved double.

Christchurch club, Avon, easily won the Centennial Oar for the best performing club at the regatta.

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- The Timaru Herald

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