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NZ crews through to Lucerne rowing finals

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 23/05/2016

All five New Zealand crews will contest finals at the Olympic qualifying regatta in Lucerne.

Emma Twigg again led the way with a dominant single sculls performance in the semi-finals while the men's lightweight double and men's four also did what was needed to set up a shot at qualifying for Rio in Tuesday's A-finals.

The men's and women's quadruple sculls had automatically advanced to their finals by winning heats on Sunday.

The multi-rower crews will need to finish in the top-two to qualify while Twigg has a top-four requirement.

On form, the 2014 world champion should do it comfortably. She led from start to finish in her semi, finishing nearly 4sec clear of second-placed Irish sculler Sanita Puspure.

Olympic silver medallist Fie Udby Erichsen won the slower first semi-final.

Needing a top-three finish to advance, lightweight double Adam Ling and Toby Cunliffe-Steel achieved that with a strong second 1000m, surging past Greece to place third.

They were two boat lengths behind winners Belgium and were also beaten by Turkey.

The men's four endured a topsy-turvy race as Anthony Allen, Patrick McInnes, Axel Dickinson and Drikus Conradie pursued a top-four finish in their five-boat repechage.

Leading after 500m, they dropped to second at the midway point and then fourth with 500m remaining.

They surged again to place second behind Spain as just three boat lengths covered the field at the finish line.

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