Golds aplenty for NZ at World Cup regatta

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 13:56 30/03/2014
Emma Twigg
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GOLDEN GIRL: Emma Twigg in action in Sydney.

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A stunning sprint finish saw Emma Twigg snatch gold for New Zealand in the women's single scull final at the World Cup regatta in Sydney today.

Twigg came from behind to pip world champion Kim Crow of Australia on the line by 0.13 seconds.

That reversed the finish from last year's world champs when Twigg won silver behind Crow in South Korea.

Crow led from the start and was still almost four seconds ahead of her Kiwi arch-rival at the halfway stage.

But Twigg kept narrowing the gap, pulled up close to Crow in the final 150 metres and then nudged her bow-ball ahead on the finish line to give New Zealand their second gold on the final day of the three-day event.

Earlier, the women's pair of Rebecca Scown and Louise Trappitt scored gold, while the NZ lightweight women's double scull boat and the men's pair gained silver medals.

Scown and Trappitt, winners of their heat on Friday, headed home the Chinese duo of Min Zhang and Tian Miao by almost five seconds in an emphatic performance.

Canadians Christine Roper and Ashley Brzozowicz blasted out of the start in the women's pair final but Scown and Trappitt had gained the lead by the halfway stage of the 2000-metre race and cleared out to easily see off the Chinese pair in an impressive time of seven minutes 09.70 seconds.

The Kiwi combination of Lucy Strack and Julia Edward had to settle for silver in the women's lightweight double scull final.

Strack and Edward, winners of the same event in Sydney last year, produced a strong late finish but didn't look like hauling in the winning Australia Two crew of Hannah Every-Hall and Maia Simmonds.

The young men's pair of Alex Kennedy and Tom Murray began the day with an outstanding performance to claim silver behind the experienced Dutch crew of Rogier Blink amd Mitchel Steenman.

A rookie NZ four of Brook Robertson, Isaac Grainger, Shaun Kirkham and Stephen Jones were fourth in their final, which was also marked their debut appearance at elite international senior level.

Kennedy, Murray, Robertson, Grainger, Kirkham and Jones then ended a busy regatta when joined by Joe Wright, Finn Howard and coxswain Caleb Shepherd to finish a hugely meritorious third to claim bronze in the four-strong men's eight final behind Australia and the Netherlands.

The eight is the defending world under-23 champions and will look to defend that title with the same line-up later this year.

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