Rowing silver

New Zealand rowing pair Genevieve Behrent and Rebecca Scown have won silver.

They finished just 1.28 seconds behind Great Britain.

Patience and self-belief have powered Kiwi rowers Rebecca Scown and Genevieve Behrent to an Olympic silver medal that could so nearly have been a momentous gold.

Trailing the field through the first 500m in the women’s pair final, the New Zealanders knocked their opponents off one-by-one but ran out of time to catch defending champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain on Friday (Saturday NZ Time). . . 

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Genevieve and Rebecca are also in the New Zealand rowing eight.

Weather disruption to the schedule for the heats meant they had only 10 minutes between finishing their pairs race and starting the eights race.

The final of the eights will be raced tomorrow morning.

New Zealand is now 19th in the medal tally with one gold and five silvers.

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