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Kiwis celebrate 8 crews in A finals


With four in the bank from heats and quarter-finals, a further four Kiwi crews move to the A final after a tough day’s racing in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Yesterday saw the Men’s Quad, Women’s Pair, Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls and Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls secure lanes in the A finals, with the Men’s Pair, Men’s Double Sculls, Women’s Double Sculls and Men’s Single Sculls all progressing to A finals today after a busy racing schedule Friday morning local time.

Women’s Eight (W8+) – Repechage

The New Zealand Women’s Eight of Kelsey Bevan, Kelsi Walters, Emma Dyke, Beth Ross, Jackie Gowler, Lucy Spoors, Kelsi Parker, Ella Greenslade and coxswain Sam Bosworth raced in a repechage today hoping to secure a lane in the A final. With a competitive line up including the Netherlands, Canada, Great Britain and Romania, New Zealand narrowly missed on a top four qualifying spot by less than a tenth of a second and moves to the B final.

Men’s Eight (M8+) – Repechage

The New Zealand Men’s Eight of Phillip Wilson, Brook Robertson, Martyn O’Leary, Cameron Webster, Shaun Kirkham, Isaac Grainger, James Lassche, Stephen Jones and coxswain Caleb Shepherd faced a repechage today, with only the top two progressing to the A final. Great Britain and Romania crossed line first and second respectively, with New Zealand placing fifth and moving to the B final.

Men’s Pair (M2-) – Semi-final

After taking second in the quarter final, New Zealand’s Thomas Murray and Michael Brake needed to secure a top three placing to move to the A final. Romania, Spain, Czech Republic and New Zealand advanced on Serbia and Bulgaria by the 1000 mark, with Romania, Spain and New Zealand taking first, second and third respectively, each moving to the A final.

Men’s Double Sculls (M2X) – Semi-final

After placing first and ten seconds ahead of second place Ireland in their heat, New Zealand’s reigning world champion combination Chris Harris and John Storey took to the water today with a top three placing in sight to move on to the event’s A final. Sitting fifth at the 1000 mark, Harris and Storey made a push and steadily gained on Great Britain in the lead. Great Britain, New Zealand and Romania took first, second and third respectively, with all crews moving to the A final on Sunday.

Women’s Double Sculls (W2X) – Semi-final

World Champions Olivia Loe and Brooke Donoghue are representing New Zealand after winning gold in the Women’s Double Sculls at 2018 World Rowing Cup III. Loe and Donoghue were the fastest qualifying crew in heats, comfortably crossing the line in 06:52 after maintaining a clear lead for the majority of the race. Needing a top three position today to move on to the A final, Donoghue and Loe fought back from fifth position at the 500 mark, steadily gaining on the US who maintained the lead from the start of the race. New Zealand couldn’t close the gap with US taking first, New Zealand second, and the Netherlands taking third and the last qualifying spot.

Men’s Single Sculls – Semi-final

After placing third in the semi-final, New Zealand’s Robbie Manson moves to the A final of the Men’s Single Sculls with Norway, Great Britain, Germany, Lithuania and reigning World Champion Ondrej Synek from Czech Republic.

Women’s Single Sculls – Semi-final

Hannah Osborne moves to the B final of the Women’s Single Sculls on Saturday where she will face Lithuania, Canada, Sweden, Australia and Ukraine.