5 Aug 2012

Five-medal haul best ever for New Zealand rowing

7:44 am on 5 August 2012

The London Olympics have been the best ever for New Zealand rowing. A bronze on Saturday night brought the 2012 team's final tally to three gold and two bronze medals.

The golds were won by Mahe Drysdale (single sculls), Nathan Cohen and Joe Sullivan (double sculls) and Hamish Bond and Eric Murray (men's pair).

Women's pair Juliette Haigh and Rebecca Scown won bronze, and another bronze was added on the last day of rowing by Peter Taylor and Storm Uru in the lightweight double sculls.

Taylor says they had hoped to win gold, but any medal is good.

The Danish crew of Mads Rasmussen and Rasmus Quist won gold in the race, edging out Great Britain in the final moments.

The New Zealanders held on strongly for third.

Taylor and Uru were fourth at the 500-metre mark, two seconds behind the leader at that stage, Great Britain.

With 1500 metres to go, Taylor and Uru had moved into third, a boat length behind the Danish and British teams, who were neck and neck until the finish.

The first attempt to row the race had been abandoned when the British team suffered a broken seat in the rear of their boat within the first 100 metres.

Races are not restarted if technical problems arise beyond the first 100.

Twigg misses out on medal

New Zealand's other medal hope on the final day of the regatta, Emma Twigg, just missed out on a podium finish in the single sculls, ending the race in fourth place.

The gold medal was won by Miroslava Knapkova of the Czech Republic, with Denmark taking silver and Australia bronze.

Earlier on Saturday, Louise Ayling and Julia Edward finished third in the B final of the lightweight double sculls and Chris Harris, Sean O'Neill, Jade Uru and Tyson Williams finished fifth in the B final of the men's four.