First gold at Sydney World Cup
New Zealand have won their first medal at the 2013 Sydney World Rowing Cup after Duncan Grant picked up gold in the Men's Lightweight Single Scull.
Duncan Grant competed in the first New Zealand final at the Sydney World Cup in Men?s Lightweight Single Sculls. Germany's Jost Schomann-Fink recently competed in New Zealand at the 2013 BankLink New Zealand Rowing Championships and came first in the Men?s Lightweight Single Sculls ahead of Peter Taylor and Duncan Grant. But at the Sydney World Cup kiwi sculler Duncan Grant had the upper hand as he led the German by a few lengthsthroughout the entire race. Grant completed the race in a time of 7:04.74. Grant is delighted to re assert his dominance in the lightweight single sculling event and proved he still has what it takes to compete at this international level. This gold medal adds to his world cup medal tally of three previous gold, four silver and two bronze medals. Grant won New Zealand?s 100th medal at the Sydney World Cup, the first was won by Rob Waddell in 1997.
Yesterday evening the Men's Double Scull of Robbie Manson and Michael Arms, the Men?s Lightweight Four of Peter Taylor, Curtis Rapley, James Hunter and James Lassche and the Women?s Eight raced on the first day of the Sydney World Cup following a successful morning session for the New Zealand rowing team.
Manson and Arms won their preliminary race in 6:55.68.
The New Zealand Lightweight Four was also first in their preliminary race in 6:38.26 ahead of Great Britain and China.
The relatively inexperienced New Zealand women's eight placed last in their heat yesterday in a time of 6:59.47 and raced in the repechage today. They came third in the last chance race in a time of 6:10.67 and proceed to the final tomorrow. New Zealand were only five seconds off the pace from the winners USA who won in 6:05.35. The top four crews in the repechage progressed to the A Final, with USA, Canada, China and New Zealand - while one Chinese crew missed out.
The New Zealand teams efforts today on the first two days of the World Rowing Cup regatta at Penrith represents the first steps on the road towards the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The crews were only chosen a fortnight ago with the crews only have a week to prepare and train together before heading to Sydney.