Five gold medals for dominant NZ

Robbie Manson
Robbie Manson
New Zealand grabbed five gold medals at the world cup regatta in Poznan in Poland yesterday.

The New Zealand team, competing in its first international event of the 2017 season, wrapped up the final day of finals with five gold and one silver medal, as well as two world-best times and one world cup best time.

New Zealand's gold medal haul came from the men's single sculls, the women's pair, the men's and women's double sculls and the women's eight, while the men's eight secured silver.

The results have rocketed the team to the top of the medal chart and the world cup points leader board.

New Zealand scooped its first medal on the first day of finals when Jackie Kiddle claimed gold in the women's lightweight single sculls.

On the final day of racing, Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler scored not only the first medal for New Zealand in the women's pair but also a world-best time.

New Zealand also had another crew in the race - the younger of the Gowler sisters, Jackie, took fifth place with crewmate Kirstyn Goodger in their world cup debut.

Robbie Manson went into the men's single sculls A final as the fastest qualifier and proved himself to be the new man to watch with a master-class win and a world-best time.

With a clear advantage by the midway point, Manson powered away to an untouchable lead and crossed the line to collect a gold medal in a world-best time of 6min 30.74sec, a stunning 3sec faster than the previous record set by Mahe Drysdale.

He won by 8sec.

Olivia Loe and Brooke Donoghue won the women's double sculls gold in a fine display of sculling.

The combination once again showed poise and control as it took the lead at the 500m mark before unleashing a powerful kick.

The New Zealanders crossed the line in a scorching 6min 39.13sec, giving them the gold medal as well as a world cup best time, just 2sec shy of the world-best time.

In the men's double sculls, Olympians John Storey and Chris Harris executed a spectacular race to earn the gold medal.

The duo motored to a gold medal in 6min 6.89sec.

The women's eight of Ruby Tew, Ashlee Rowe, Georgia Perry, Kelsey Bevan, Kelsi Walters, Rebecca Scown, Lucy Spoors, Emma Dyke and cox Sam Bosworth was the fastest of the big boats, taking the lead with 500m left to win by half a length.

The men's eight finished second, 5sec behind a flying German crew.

The next regatta for the New Zealand team is at the end of the month in Henley.

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