Timaru pair get through
Timaru's Russell and Cameron Crampton are through to the quarterfinals of the junior men's quadruple sculls at the World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria.
The identical Crampton twins, along with Corey McCaffrey and Mitchell MacKenzie-Mol of Marlborough, finished second to last year's junior champions, Romania, in their heat.
The Kiwi crew clocked 6min 02.585sec for the 2000m, just half a second behind the winners.
A full field of 27 countries were divided into six heats.The top three or four boats from each heat earn a spot in the quarterfinals.
In heat one New Zealand got out ahead of Romania and both moved away from their competition.
Going through the middle of the race New Zealand was just ahead of Romania but in the final sprint, Romania, rating 38, outsprinted New Zealand, rating 34, to the line.
Kiwi quad coach, Timaru's Dan Kelly, said the heat went pretty well although there were "a few things to work on".
"It was good to see the guys gain some confidence that they were going well enough to compete with these larger nations.
"We now have a tough quarterfinal, drawing some top rowing nations, United States, Germany, Poland and also a fast quad from South Africa.
"We will need to be on our game to make the top three and progress forward to the semi."
Kelly said it was nice to have the first race out of the way.
"In this campaign you don't have the luxury of a regatta pre the world champs."
Kelly said the the crew has driven for and shown good consistency and fitness in leadup work and time trials.
"We hope this will help progress us to the next stage."
The team have been training in Plovdiv since July 27.
Kelly said the course was fantastic and the weather very hot, anywhere from 32-42 degrees.
"Training has gone very well over here with the crew really stepping up a notch once over the travel and . . . used to the heat.
"Both Cameron and Russell have taken a good step forward in their personal rowing development. They have both grown mentally and physically under the intensive and sometimes unforgiving training requirements."
Go to www.timaruherald.co.nz for the overnight quarterfinal result.
- The Timaru Herald