New Zealanders to contest Holland Beker
Four New Zealand athletes will contest the prestigious Holland Beker rowing regatta in Bosbaan, Amsterdam this weekend (4 - 5 June).
New Zealand rowers will compete in both the single and double scull events with Mahe Drysdale and Emma Twigg headlining the single sculls, and Zoe Stevenson and Eve Macfarlane lining up in both the single and double sculls.
Mahe Drysdale, who has won the single sculls title four times, will be chasing a fifth victory but will face tough competition from World Champion Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic. Drysdale has previously won the event in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2015.
2014 world champion Emma Twigg will be racing for the first time since winning the Final Qualification Regatta in Lucerne alongside rival Ekaterina Karsten of Belarus, who has won the women’s trophy twelve times. Twigg will also be joined New Zealand teammates Zoe Stevenson and Eve Macfarlane.
Stevenson and Macfarlane will look to back up the single sculls event in the women’s double sculls. The two-time world champion duo will be aiming to replicate their 2015 victory.
The first Holland Beker regatta took place in 1886. Until 1912 the regatta was known as the International Dutch Open Single Sculling Championships, and today the regatta is internationally renowned with many high profile international scullers contesting the event. Racing begins on Saturday 4 June with heats, and finals on Sunday 5 June.
More information including timetable, draw and race information can be found on the event website. http://www.hollandbeker.nl/en/
Live race tracker http://www.hollandbeker.nl/en/regatta/live-tracker/