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World Cup rowing gold for McBride

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/06/2016

World champion single sculler Zoe McBride has claimed New Zealand's first gold at the rowing World Cup in Poland, with eight other crews booking spots in the A finals.

McBride set a blistering pace in her lightweight final, leading by a length at the 500m mark and doubling the margin by 1000m.

She powered through the second half of the race for a winning 7min 31.32sec, with second place going to fast-finishing Marieke Keijser of the Netherlands in 7:32.38.

Hamish Bond and Eric Murray continued their unbroken streak in men's pair semi-final, clocking 6:16.81 ahead of British duo Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell and Matthew Tarrant's second-placed 6:20.48.

World champions Eve Macfarlane and Zoe Stevenson outsprinted British rowers Victoria Thornley and Katherine Grainer in their double sculls repechage for a narrow win, with both crews progressing through to the A final.

Emma Twigg showed her class in the women's single sculls semi-final, dominating from start to finish for a 7:26.05 win.

Olympic champion single sculler Mahe Drysdale also progressed through to his final, but was beaten by European champion Damir Martin (Croatia), who crossed the line just over a second.

New Zealand reserve John Storey claimed third and will join Drysdale in the A final.

Also through to A finals are double scullers Robbie Manson and Chris Harris, world champion lightweight double scullers Sophie Mackenzie and Julia Edward, and reserve women's pair Olivia Loe and Holly Greenslade.

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