31 Aug 2009

NZ rowers take four gold medals at world champs

7:14 pm on 31 August 2009

The New Zealand Rowing squad doubled its gold medal tally on the final day of the World Rowing Championships at Poznan in Poland.

Duncan Grant retained his lightweight single sculls title on Sunday, while Storm Uru and Peter Taylor won their first world senior title in the lightweight double sculls.

On Saturday, sculling great Mahe Drysdale became a four-time champion, retaining his single sculls title and setting a new world best time in the process.

Eric Murray and Hamish Bond maintained their unbeaten record, winning the men's pair, while Rebecca Scown and Emma Feathery won the bronze in the women's pair.

Mahe Drysdale says there's a "special magic" in the squad which he describes as the best he's been involved with in his nine-year career.

He says Rowing New Zealand has the right structures in place and the championships in Poznan have been a great way to start the new Olympic cycle.

New Zealand and Germany each won four gold medals at the championship. Overall, Germany won eight medals to New Zealand's five.