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NZ grabs 10 medals on final day in Poland

NZN 19/06/2016

New Zealand rowers have topped the medal table after winning medals in each of the 10 finals on the last day of the World Cup in Poland.

The five golds, three silver and two bronzes emphasised the country's strength ahead of the Rio Olympics.

In perfect conditions on Poznan's Lake Malta, there were no surprises in the men's pair as Hamish Bond and Eric Murray finished over a length ahead of Australia's Spencer Turrin and Alexander Lloyd.

Robbie Manson and Chris Harris followed their World Rowing Cup II silver medal by winning gold in emphatic style in the men's double sculls event.

The lightweight men's four combination of James Hunter, Alistair Bond , reserve Matt Dunham and James Lassche also backed up an earlier world cup gold medal with another resounding victory.

In the men's single sculls Olympic Champion Mahe Drysdale claimed gold over European champion Damir Martin of Croatia.

With just three boats contesting the women's eight and the New Zealand crew grabbed the fifth gold of the day.

The five golds added to added to the gold medal won by world champion Zoe McBride in the lightweight women's single sculls a day earlier.

Meanwhile, in the women's pair final Genevieve Behrent and Rebecca Scown were second to Olympic champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain.

World champions Eve Macfarlane and Zoe Stevenson patiently picked their way through the field to claim silver in the women's double sculls.

Emma Twigg had to settle for silver as reigning world champion Kimberly Brennan of Australia won gold.

World champions Sophie Mackenzie and Julia Edward ended an eventful regatta with a bronze medal in the lightweight women's double sculls.

The final event of the day saw the New Zealand crew earn bronze in a hotly contested men's eight, behind Germany and Great Britain.

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