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Strong start for Kiwi rowers at World Cup

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/06/2017

A new-look New Zealand team has launched a strong charge on the first day of the second World Cup rowing regatta in Poznan, Poland.

With many Rio Olympians on sabbatical or retired, the team included a range of young athletes making their international elite debuts.

Former under-23 world champion Jackie Kiddle opened the Kiwi campaign on Lake Malta with a dominant win in the lightweight single sculls.

She paced her race well, easing through 750m in fifth place before making a devastating move at the mid-way point.

Kiddle rowed through the field for a convincing win in seven minutes 30.910 seconds to progress straight through to the semi-finals.

Robbie Manson was equally dominant in winning his single sculls heat, sitting on world-record pace before easing up and eventually crossing the line in 6min 45:27sec, well clear of closest rival Brian Rosso (Argentina).

Olympians John Storey and Chris Harris made easy work of their men's double sculls heat, finishing with a tidy 9sec margin over Australia's Luke Letcher and David Watts to comfortably qualify for the semi-finals.

Brooke Donoghue and Olivia Loe also looked cool and composed in winning their double sculls heat, 10sec clear of second-placed Germans Daniela Schultze and Frieda Haemmerling.

Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler impressed in the women's pair, powering to a 6min 54:27sec win, with an ocean of clear water behind them to second place getters Chile.

In her elite international debut, Hannah Osborne secured a berth in the single scull semi-finals after finishing second behind Olympic silver medallist and European champion Victoria Thornley.

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