Timaru twins into rowing final

00:48, Aug 18 2012
Crampton twins
FINALS TIME: Timaru's Russell and Cameron Crampton, in the middle of the quad at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Bulgaria.

Timaru Rowing Club's Russell and Cameron Crampton are through to the final in 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, finished third in a tight semi-final overnight to qualify, which is a tremendous effort at their first world event.

The Kiwi crew is coached by Timaru's Dan Kelly and he has certainly got the best out of his charges.

A great start by Russia got them off the line first.

By the first 500m mark reigning world champions Romania had pushed into the lead with Russia holding on.

But the margins between the entire six crews were negligible and at the 500m mark only three seconds separated the boats.

Romania then decided to break away leaving a line of four boats all on top of each other with Great Britain off the pace.

With Romania firmly in first four boats continued to push to the finish and as only two qualifying spots remained the push was very intense.

Romania crossed the line in first with the Netherlands coming through in second rating a solid 36, with New Zealand third as Russia and Croatia had been unable to hold it to the finish.

Those three crews joined Italy, Ukraine and Hungary in the final.


The Timaru Herald