3 Sep 2015

NZ crews progress at Rowing World Champs

11:15 am on 3 September 2015

Six more New Zealand crews have progressed at the World Rowing Championships in France.

Two crews have made 'A' finals, four have moved through to semi-finals, but two others have missed finals, which mean they miss out on a chance to gain an Olympic spot at these championships.

The men's eight at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in France.

The men's eight at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in France. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Both the women's quad and the men's eight booked their places in 'A' finals, joining the women's eight who achieved that earlier in the regatta.

The men's lightweight single, men's pair, women's lightweight double and men's single have all qualified for semis.

However the men's lightweight double and women's single came heartbreakingly close but failed to progress to the semis, meaning they miss out on the chance of Olympic qualification this year.

Men's single sculler Mahe Drysdale cruised through his quarter-final untroubled, finishing in top spot and booking a place in the semis, but women's single sculler Fiona Bourke missed out on the opportunity to gain Olympic qualification by less than 0.8 of a second.

Eric Murray and Hamish Bond once again showed their class, winning their quarter-final with clear water and moving one step closer to the final having now qualified for the semi finals.

The women's quad of Erin-Monique O'Brien, Lucy Spoors, Georgia Perry and Sarah Gray were second in their repechage and earned a spot in the 'A' final. They must finish in the top five to achieve Olympic qualification.

The men's eight were second to qualify for the 'A' final; they also need a top five finish in order to qualify for the Rio Games.

Men's lightweight single sculler Adam Ling pipped the reigning world champion Italian Marcello Miani right on the line to earn his place in the semis.

It was a tough race for the men's lightweight double of Peter Taylor and Hayden Cohen who held third position throughout the race but were unable to hold off the challenge from the Irish double who made a big effort in the final stages. Taylor and Cohen will be hugely disappointed to have fallen short of the top three, missing out on progressing to the semis and the chance for Olympic qualification.

In the women's lightweight double Julia Edward and Sophie Mackenzie finished second in their quarter-final having led the race until the final strokes, when they were overtaken by the fast-finishing Chinese crew. They did however book their spot in the semis.

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