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Chance to shine for rising Kiwi rowers

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/02/2017

The next wave of New Zealand rowing talent gets a shot at recognition at this week's national championships.

The first significant strokes towards selection for the 2020 Olympics will take place on Lake Ruataniwha near Twizel.

Double Olympic champions Mahe Drysdale, Eric Murray and Hamish Bond are taking at least this year off, creating a vacuum which the national selectors hope can be filled over the next five days.

In Drysdale's absence, Olympian Robbie Manson and brother Karl are expected to face off for the men's single sculls title. Competition should also come from Olympians John Storey and Chris Harris.

A host of quality candidates are also lining up to claim the national pairs title without the daunting presence of international greats Bond and Murray.

Among the bigger names competing this week is two-time world champion lightweight single sculler Zoe McBride, who will hunt success in both the lightweight and open singles class.

Heats over the first two days are followed by semi-finals and finals from Thursday to Saturday.

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