11 Jul 2011

Medal haul for NZ rowers at Lucerne regatta

9:34 am on 11 July 2011

New Zealand's rowers have claimed four gold medals, two silvers and a bronze on the final day of the Lucerne World Cup regatta.

World Champion men's pair Eric Murray and Hamish Bond had been eager to race British duo Peter Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge since their encounter at Karapiro - where the gap was just a few centimetres.

However this time round, Murray and Bond won by a massive 6.5 seconds.

Storm Uru and Peter Taylor took control of their lightweight double skulls final early on, countering a fast start by the Canadians before establishing a comfortable and cantering to victory.

World champions Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan have the best sprint finish in the business and used it to good effect to come back from third with 500 metres left to take a stunning win in the men's double scull.

As if the excitement of that wasn't enough, Emma Twigg dominated a high quality field in the women's single scull to take her first World Cup regatta win, making the most of tricky headwind conditions.

The women's pair of Rebecca Scown and Juliette Haigh were the quickest crew in the second half of their race by some margin, but had given away too much in the first 500 metres to the British pair - a gap they were ultimately unable to overcome, finishing with the silver.

Four-time champion Mahe Drysdale will start at the Bled World Championships next month as one of the favourites for the single scull title, after a great row in a difficult lane to take second.

Sarah Gray, Louise Trappitt, Fiona Bourke and Eve Macfarlane excelled in a class women's quadruple scull field to take third place and a bronze medal.

Earlier at the event, Duncan Grant claimed bronze for New Zealand in the lightweight men's scull.

The New Zealand rowers will head to the Olympic qualifying regatta at the Bled World Championships as one of the top nations in small boats.