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NZ crowned lifesaving world champions

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/09/2016

Eight medals on the final day have sent New Zealand surging to a third successive lifesaving world championship crown in the Netherlands.

The 12-strong Black Fins team finished comfortably clear of Australia after the five-day Rescue 2016 event, which is split across pool and beach competitions.

They finished on 891 points, well clear of Australia (792) and France (599) in a more dominant display than they managed in winning the 2012 and 2014 titles.

Traditionally stronger in the beach events, the New Zealanders topped the standings there but also in the pool for the first time.

Vice-captain Steven Kent, a former Olympic swimmer, says they felt quietly confident of achieving the pool win.

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Posted by Surf Life Saving New Zealand on Sunday, 11 September 2016

"It's been a progression, building towards this moment to win the pool and the beach and the overall title at the same time," he said.

"It's something special that myself and the rest of the team will remember forever."

The standout performer on the final day was Omanu's Max Beattie, who won three gold medals, in the board race, the ironman and in the oceanman relay alongside Paul Cracroft-Wilson, Cory Taylor and Chris Dawson.

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