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Encouraging wins for Drysdale and Twigg

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5/06/2016

Mahe Drysdale. © Getty Images Mahe Drysdale. Emma Twigg © Getty Images Emma Twigg

Olympic-bound single scullers Mahe Drysdale and Emma Twigg have powered to gold medals at the Holland Beker regatta in Amsterdam.

Adding the regatta to their European programme for extra time on the water, the two Kiwi gold medal hopefuls were a class above some strong fields over two days at The Bosbaan.

Drysdale eased through his heats and semi-finals in unbeaten fashion before seeing off one of his main rivals in Rio - Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic - in the final.

The 37-year-old defending Olympic champion dominated the final, opening up a 2sec lead by the first 500m split and extending it throughout to win in 7:02.83, more than two boat lengths clear of Synek.

Twigg's progress to the final was equally emphatic although her final was tighter.

She trailed Lisa Scheenaard through the opening stages before hitting the lead by the midway point and easing home in 7:40.25, nearly two lengths clear of the Dutch sculler and two-time Olympic champion Ekaterina Karsten of Belarus.

Drysdale and Twigg will join the rest of the Rio-bound New Zealand team ahead of the third World Cup in Poland from June 19.

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