Three Silvers to finish
The 2013 World Rowing Championships being held at Tangeum International Rowing Regatta venue, Chungju, Korea wrapped up today after eight days of top quality racing. The New Zealand rowing crews bagged a total of five medals – one gold, three silver and one bronze. The men’s pair won gold, women’s double scull, men’s lightweight four and the women’s single scull took silver while the women’s pair picked up bronze.
Zoe Stevenson and Fiona Bourke in the women’s double were slow to start but made sure they were up with the leading pack by the first quarter of the race. They were stroke for stroke with the crew from Lithuania through the middle part of the race. The kiwis pushed their bow in front with 300m to go and were stamping their dominance on the race until they had a bad stroke which cost them the win with only a few metres to go. The Lithuanians pushed their bow into the gold medal position in a time of 6:51.82, New Zealand grabbing silver only .04 seconds back. Bronze went to Belarus.
Fiona Bourke was proud of her and Zoe’s achievement “It was a good race, we went out today to go with the Lithuanians and we knew if we wanted to get them we had to get them early. But unfortunately there were a few speed bumps along the way which gave the race away in the end. We are impressed with what we have done to date, and neither of us have much experience in the small boats, it hasn’t been the smoothest journey but when it counts we can back each other.”
“There is a bit of fire in the belly for next year, disappointment is the biggest feeder for training and we hope to come back in 2014 in Amsterdam to take it out.” Bourke said.
The lightweight men’s four (Curtis Rapley, Peter Taylor, James Lassche and James Hunter) were gold medalists from the Sydney, Eton and Lucerne World Cup events but were pipped for the top placing at the world championships today. The New Zealanders unleashed a furious attacking sprint for the finish line, but it wasn’t meant to be the crew from Denmark took the win in 5:55.68. New Zealand had to settle for the silver 1.60 seconds back in a time of 5:57.28 and bronze was left for the crew from Great Britain.
Stroke of the four Curtis Rapley reflecting on the race said “All season we have had sharp starts, maybe we didn’t step it up enough for the final, but we kept to our own game plan and we nearly came through. The Denmark crew is a top quality crew and you can’t give them an inch.”
James Lassche who celebrated his twenty third birthday yesterday said “We have come a long way this season. With three world cup golds and silver at the world championships we have to be pretty satisfied with the season. Today was all about how well we could go, we were aware of what the Danes were up to but we stuck to our own race plan.”
Emma Twigg picked up New Zealand’s third glittering silver medal in the women’s single scull. She has previously won bronze at the world championships in 2010 and 2011, so this is her best performance in a world championship event. She finished in a time of 7:31.34, behind Trans-tasman rival Kim Crow from Australia who won in 7:31.34. Bronze went to the Czech Republic sculler.
“It was pretty pleasing to finish in the way that I did. Obviously gold was what I came here for but silver is pretty good. Kim Crow put a lot of distance in the early part of the race, but I didn’t stay in touch as much as I would’ve liked and I put in a bit of a sprint at the finish which was good.” Twigg said.
The men’s double scull of Robbie Manson and Michael Arms were gold medalists from all three world cups in 2013 but they couldn’t deliver another gold medal performance today. The kiwis were shut out of featuring in the medals finishing back in sixth spot in a time of 6:17.86. The Norwegians won gold in 6:09.51, Lithuania the silver in 6:10.87 and Italy the bronze in 6:12.54.
The women’s eight wanted to put out a dominating performance in the B final and that’s exactly what they did, finishing first, nearly two boat lengths up on the second placed crew from Russia, Italy were third. The New Zealand women’s eight are now ranked seventh in the world after covering the course in 6:11.53.
The New Zealand Rowing team entered 14 events at this World Championships: 12 Olympic events and the international-only men’s and women’s lightweight single scull. Of the 12 Olympic events, New Zealand came away with one gold, three silver, and one bronze from seven A finals.
The 2014 World Rowing Championships will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands from the 24 to 31 August 2014.
New Zealand Medal Tally at 2013 World Rowing Championships
Women’s Double Scull
Men’s Lightweight Four
Women’s Single Scull