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Twigg secures final rowing spot

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/05/2016

Single sculler Emma Twigg's return to the top tier has been confirmed with her selection in New Zealand's rowing team for the Rio Olympics.

Twigg needed a top-four finish at the last-chance qualifying regatta in Lucerne last weekend, wrapping up her spot when she cruised to a comfortable win in the single sculls final.

The 29-year-old, who took last year off rowing to study in Europe, will start among the favourites for gold at Rio in August when she contests her third Games.

Twigg finished ninth at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and fourth at the 2012 London Games.

A total of 10 New Zealand boats and 32 rowers will battle for Olympic honours on Rodrigo de Freitas Lake in Rio de Janeiro and NZ Olympic Committee chief executive Kereyn Smith said Twigg's experience would be a huge asset.

"With Rio set to be her third Olympic campaign, Emma will be able to take a lot of confidence from previous Games experience and it's fantastic to have her a part of our biggest ever Olympic rowing team."

The Rio team will be the largest in New Zealand Olympic rowing history, with the London 2012 team numbering 26 athletes across 11 boat classes.

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