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Uru and Taylor take bronze on final day of Olympic regatta

  • 05 Aug 12

Storm Uru and Peter Taylor capped off a great 2012 Olympic regatta for New Zealand with a fine bronze medal in the men's lightweight double scull.

The crews started in revised lanes re-drawn due to adverse weather conditions with the Kiwi crew in the unfavoured middle but the real drama came just moments after the start when the British Olympic champions Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter stopped and raised both their arms and a seat claiming equipment failure. This forced a restart and the British immediately shot off to a lead in lane six.

They maintained this all of the way through the race with Denmark in a close second and New Zealand third. A huge push by Denmark in lane five saw them draw level and pull through with just a few metres to go and the intensity of this race moved them clear of Uru and Taylor, who had to settle for third.

In the women's single scull, Mirka Knapkova utterly dominated the race - once again on the outside in lane six - leaving field behind by a massive seven seconds in the first half to leave them to fight over the remaining medals. Twigg in lane two finally beat legend Ekaterina Karsten, but could do nothing about Denmark's sculler Fie Udby Erichsen who and Kim Crow of Australia who eventually sealed silver and bronze respectively.

New Zealand's women's lightweight double scull of Julia Edward and Louise Ayling finished third in the B final for an overall ranking of ninth, while the men's coxless four came home fifth in the B final for a final ranking of 11th.