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New Zealand Women's Eight make Olympic Debut

  • 09 Aug 16

Calm conditions greeted athletes on the second day of racing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Rowing Regatta following yesterday’s high winds and cancellation of all races.

A revised schedule saw a full day of racing with New Zealand crews competing in the men’s quadruple sculls repechage and the men’s and women’s eight, lightweight women’s double sculls and women’s pair heats.

The New Zealand women’s eight made their Olympic debut with an impressive second place to Great Britain in a loaded heat also featuring powerhouse Canada. They will chase a berth in the A final at the repechage. Meanwhile Great Britain also charged to victory in the heat of the men’s eight while the New Zealand crew were nudged into third place after a tight battle with the Netherlands and will also row the repechage.

Rebecca Scown and Genevieve Behrent made New Zealand rowing history twice by backing up their women’s eight performance just a few hours later with a win in their women’s pair heat to become the first New Zealand crew to race in two boats at the Olympics.

Sophie Mackenzie and Julia Edward's second place to the Netherlands in their lightweight women's double sculls heat ensured the world champion duo a place in the A/B semifinal.

The men’s quadruple sculls combination of John Storey, George Bridgewater, Nathan Flannery, and Jade Uru had to settle for sixth place in their repechage race, taking them to the B final. Germany and Great Britain took the first two places and claimed their place in the A final.

Racing continues tomorrow with repechages, quarterfinals and semifinals. Full schedule, start lists and results can be found on worldrowing.com.