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New Zealand Rowers make statement on day one of Rio 2016 Olympic Games

  • 07 Aug 16

The New Zealand Olympic Rowing Team reinforced their dominance on the opening day of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in challenging conditions.

Seven of the eleven New Zealand boats began their Olympic campaign on the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon today with six winning their heats and the men’s quadruple sculls finishing fourth.

Single scullers Mahe Drysdale and Emma Twigg opened the competition by winning their heats comfortably. The men’s and women’s double scull combinations of Robbie Manson and Chris Harris and Zoe Stevenson and Eve Macfarlane, men’s pair Hamish Bond and Eric Murray and the men’s lightweight four crew of James Hunter, Alistair Bond, Peter Taylor, James Lassche followed suit claiming victory in their heats to progress.

The New Zealand men’s quadruple sculls crew of John Storey, George Bridgewater, Nathan Flannery, and Jade Uru finished fourth, and will contest the repechage.

Conditions were less than ideal with strong winds and rough water in the middle of the course that spelled disaster for some international crews including a capsize and multiple crabs.

Racing continues tonight, starting at 11.30pm NZT, and can be viewed on SKY TV. Live tracker, updates and results can be found on www.worldrowing.com