Benedict Tufnell

Thunder Down Under – New Zealand Champs Finals Underway

by Benedict Tufnell

Today saw the first finals of the 2018 Rocket Foods New Zealand Rowing Championships get underway with world class racing on Lake Karipiro.

The world’s fastest sculler and Central RPC athlete Robbie Manson opened proceedings with double gold in both the premier men’s double and the premier men’s quad. In the double Manson partnered with Chris Harris who is the reigning world champion in this event. The duo then teamed up with Brook Robertson and Joe Wright to win in the quad. Manson will take on Mahe Drysdale in the men’s premier singles final tomorrow.

Drysdale was also in action today, trading two oars for one while racing for Auckland in the men’s coxless pair. The double Olympic champion, partnering with Stephen Jones, had to settle for bronze today behind Tom Murray and Phillip Wilson, of Central RPC, who took gold and Anthony Allen and Shaun Kirkham of Waikato RPC who took silver.

Gowler and Prendergast, reigning world champions in the W2-

Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler may be world beaters together in the women’s pair together, but they were forced to separate and go head to head in opposing pairs today on Karipiro. Prendergast, teaming up with her Southern RPC team mate Emma Dyke, ultimately won bragging rights by finishing first ahead of second placed Gowler and Ella Greenslade who were racing for Central RPC.

The men’s premier single sculls are scheduled to race at 1.45pm and the women’s premier single sculls scheduled for 2.00pm tomorrow, on what is set to be another scorching day on Lake Karipiro.

Entries, live results and day sheets can be found here. 

Photos © Steve McArthur and Benedict Tufnell

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