Welcome to NZCity
25 Nov 2017 13:02
Rio Olympics
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • News
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  • Home >  2016 Olympics >  News

    World rowing gold for NZ women's pair

    Kerri Gowler and Grace Prendergast have put an Olympic women's pair demotion behind them to claim gold for New Zealand at the rowing world championships.

    1 October 2017

    Kerri Gowler and Grace Prendergast have stormed to New Zealand's first gold medal at the rowing world championships, boosting their overall tally to four.

    The Kiwis climbed the podium in all three finals entered on Sunday (NZT), the penultimate day in Sarasota, Florida.

    With five crews in contention in the last session, they could yet equal their record of nine overall medals at the championship.

    There was a tinge of disappointment that Jackie Kiddle and Zoe McBride couldn't turn a dominant year in the lightweight double sculls into gold, instead finishing runners-up.

    Men's pair Jamie Hunter and Tom Murray had been similarly dominant for much of 2017 but had to settle for bronze in an event dominated for nearly a decade by compatriots Eric Murray and Hamish Bond.

    It was a form of redemption for Gowler and Prendergast, who won silver at the 2015 world championships in France but were replaced for the following year's Olympics by Rebecca Scown and Genevieve Behrent, who won silver in Rio.

    Gowler and Prendergast formed part of the fourth-placed eight in Rio but their combination was restored in the smaller boat this year to winning effect.

    Their time of 7 minutes 00.53 seconds was nearly four seconds clear of United States duo Megan Kalmoe and Tracy Eisser, with Denmark third.

    "It's been a long week of nerves, so we're really pleased to have got this today," Gowler said.

    "We thought it might come down to a sprint at the end, so we went out hard and tried to complete."

    The silver claimed by lightweight sculler Matt Dunham on Saturday was matched by Kiddle and McBride, who were third entering the final quarter.

    They surged past an American crew but couldn't catch Romanians Ionela-Livia Lehaci and Gianina-Elena Beleaga.

    "The last 150m was just tunnel vision, I said to Jackie, go go go," McBride said.

    "It was the best race we could have done today."

    Hunter and Murray led through the first half of their race but lacked the finishing power of Italian winners Matteo Lodo and Giuseppe Vicino, who held out Croatia.

    New Zealand's five remaining finalists are in the men's and women's eights and double sculls, along with single sculler Robbie Manson.


    NZN





    Click here for more NZ Olympic news

     Olympics NewsLinks
      25 Nov: Recap: arsenal vs tottenham (RadioNZ)
      25 Nov: Australia brush aside fiji to reach final (RadioNZ)
      25 Nov: Black sticks beat england to reach final (RadioNZ)
      25 Nov: Recap: fiji v australia rlwc semifinal (RadioNZ)
      24 Nov: Stonewall smith drags australia back from brink (RadioNZ)
      24 Nov: Live: fiji v australia rlwc semifinal (RadioNZ)
      24 Nov: Teammate unhappy with inclusion of transgender athlete in nz team (RadioNZ)
      24 Nov: Durante retires from international football (RadioNZ)
      24 Nov: Teamate unhappy with inclusion of transgender athlete in nz team (RadioNZ)
      24 Nov: Fittler back in blue (RadioNZ)
    more Olympics newslinks >>

    © 2017 NZCity, NZN

    NZ Olympic News


    Click for Olympic sports results




    Nigerian bobsled team will be country's first-ever Winter Olympics representatives
    Tom Daley has been given an honorary Master's degree in sport
    Kiwi sailors strike gold at Japan regatta
    Kiwi sailors gather momentum in Japan
    Kiwis off the mark at Olympic test event
    Bronze medallist joins fight against sugar
    Teenagers dominate Winter Olympics team
    Meech eyes Laser gold at World Cup regatta
    NZ women's eight topple USA in heats
    Rower Bond chases cycling world title
    Meech and Saunders battle at Laser worlds
    Kiwi Nacra pair fourth at world champs
    US snowboarder White out of Winter Games
    NZ Nacra sailors committed to Tokyo Games
    Cheatley steps down from NZ track cycling

    © 2017 New Zealand City Ltd