31 Jul 2012

Double scullers in final, tough break for quads

9:02 pm on 31 July 2012

The New Zealand women's double scullers are into the final at the London Olympics after placing second in their heat.

The team of Fi Paterson and Anna Reymer rowed in a time of 6min 49.44s, beaten by Britons Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger who posted 6min 44.33s at the Eton Dorney course on Monday.

Australians Kim Crowe and Brook Pratley and Poland's Magdalena Fularczyk and Julia Michalska are also through to the final.

In the quadruple sculls, the New Zealand team of John Storey, Michael Arms, Matthew Trott and Robert Manson made the semifinals after qualifying top in their heat of the repecharge in 5min 43.82s.

The Italian and Swiss teams also qualified, while the United States team was eliminated.

Meanwhile, a broken oar has shattered the Olympic dreams of the New Zealand women's quadruple scullers.

The team of Fi Bourke, Sarah Gray, Eve Macfarlane and Louise Trappitt needed a top four finish in the repecharge to make the final and were holding third place with 500m to go when disaster struck.

The New Zealanders finished in a time of 6min 48.71s and have been relegated to the B final with Poland.

In the men's four competition, New Zealanders Chris Harris, Sean O'Neill, Jade Uru, Tyson Williams finished fourth in their heat on Monday in a time of 5mins 51.84s.

They will have to battle through a repecharge along with Serbia, the Czech Republic and Italy to make the final.