12 Jul 2015

Golden glow for McBride at world cup regatta

5:34 pm on 12 July 2015

The New Zealand rower Zoe McBride has won the women's lightweight single sculls at the world cup regatta in Lucerne.

McBride was not the only lightweight sculler to make it onto the podium with Adam Ling picking up a bronze medal in the men's lightweight single scull.

In tough head winds McBride dominated the field beating her nearest rival by seven seconds.

"With these conditions it's important to concentrate on your own race plan and if you can execute your perfect race the result will come because the conditions are the same for everyone. For me it was just about doing my thing and I'm really happy with the result."

Lightweight single sculler Zoe McBride with the silver medal she has won in Lucerne.

Zoe McBride and the gold medal she's won in Lucerne Photo: Photosport

Ling says he was dissapointed not to win silver.

"It was going to plan through the middle of the race, I was trying to get as much distance as I could on the others, but I just didn't have the legs to hold on to silver. I left it all out there today, and I hope to improve on this result for the world championships."

New Zealand has been represented by 21 crews at this regatta and a total of 15 crews have claimed A final starts including 12 in the Olympic boat classes - men's single scull, women's single scull, women's pair, men's pair, women's lightweight double, women's double, men's double, men's lightweight four, men's quad, women's quad, women's eight and men's eight.

In the first men's pair semi-final world champions Eric Murray and Hamish Bond came through to take the lead in the third and final 500m, securing their passage to the A final.

Julia Edward and Sophie Mackenzie took the lead from the outset of the women's lightweight double semi-final and were never headed while in the semi-final of the women's double scull Zoe Stevenson and Eve Macfarlane also had a semi final win.

The stamina of Mahe Drysdale showed in the men's single scull semi-final.

Drysdale was down but not out through the first quarter of the race but took over the lead at the 700 metre mark and went on to victory.

Fiona Bourke is through to the final of women's single scull, while also through to finals are the men's double scull of Robbie Manson and Chris Harris, as the men's lightweight four are also into the A final.

The New Zealand men's eight reached the A final via the repechage after finishing fourth claiming the last remaining progression spot.