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Golden day for Kiwi rowers

Published: 6:50PM Saturday September 03, 2005 Source: ONE Sport

The New Zealand rowing team produced one of the most successful World Championship performances ever, picking up gold medals in all but one of the five finals they contested on Saturday in Gifu, Japan.

Kiwi crews won the finals of the men's pair, women's pair, women's double sculls and men's single sculls, while the men's four grouping of Donald Leach, Carl Meyer, Eric Murray and Steve Cottle finished sixth in their final.

Mahe Drysdale was the first of the New Zealanders to taste success on Saturday, winning his final of the men's single sculls. Drysdale won the event in a time of 7mins 15.42 secs, nearly two seconds faster than his closest rival.

Minutes later, the women's pair of Nicky Coles and Juliette Haigh continued their dominant form at the regatta, winning their final by just under four seconds over their Australian rivals.

The men's pair of Nathan Twaddle and George Bridgewater emulated the achievements of their female counterparts in the following race. Twaddle and Bridgewater lived up to their pre-race billing as favourites, holding off the South African pairing for the gold medal.

Gold number four came less than an hour after the first, with Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell becoming the most successful Kiwi rowers at a World Championships. The twins held off the Bulgarian pairing who beat them last month in Lucerne, to take their third World Championship gold.