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New Zealand rowers remain on track for Olympic glory

The New Zealand rowing team remain on track for Olympic success following another strong day on the water at Dorney Lake.

 
 

Mahe Drysdale

THE New Zealand rowing team remain on track for Olympic success following another strong day on the water at Dorney Lake.

Three crews are already in finals, while seven more are in semifinals.

Only the unlucky women’s quad are not advancing after snapping an oar yesterday.

Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan led the way  today with  courageous race plan that eventually nabbed second place and a spot in the final.

They were fifth after the first 500m and fourth with 500m to go, but the slow starters finished strongly to get the top three spot they required, while heavyweights Australia and Germany failed to make the cut.

Mahe Drysdale and Emma Twigg both made single sculls semifinals in overcast crosswind conditions.

“You try to do as little as you possibly can,” Drysdale told APNZ.

“I’m feeling good physically. Certainly a lot better than I did four years ago.”

Drysdale’s main rival, Czech Ondrej Synek, won his heat with double defending Olympic champion Olaf Tufte scraping through to the semifinals in third.

Twigg was forced into second behind Australian Kim Crow who remains the rower to beat

Women’s lightweight double scullers Louise Ayling and Julia Edward also progressed to the semifinals at their debut Games.

They also needed a top three finish and eased through in second spot.

Edward said it was like being on a training row at Lake Karapiro: “It was relaxed. We didn’t bust a gut or need a sprint.”

The men’s four of Tyson Williams, Jade Uru, Sean O’Neill and Chris Harris also needed to finish in the top three to make the semifinals.

They finished second, a length behind Serbia.

 
 

 

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