Photo finish for gold


It was worth getting up in the middle of the night to watch the rowing.

Mahe Drysdale won gold in a photo finish with an Olympic best time of 6:41.34.

From the NZ Olympic Team‘s Facebook page:

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NZ Olympic Team's photo.
NZ Olympic Team's photo.

NZ Olympic Team's photo.

Emma Twigg finished fourth in the single sculls and the women’s eight also finished fourth by a hair’s breadth.

New Zealand is now 13th in the medal tally.

NZ Olympic Team's photo.


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.

NZ women’s 8 rowing in World Cup U23 tonight


The daughter of a friend is with the New Zealand rowers in Amsterdam for the under-23 World Cup.

She’s been emailing progress reports on training and will be racing in heats for the eight at 10.36 (NZ time) tonight.

The NZ rowing website has news updates on the World Cup and you can watch the race live here – click “Live” which is on the left hand panel of options.

Just flog yourself with barbed wire


When Rob Hamill and the late Phil Stubbs were seeking sponsorship for their Trans Atlantic rowing race entry they asked Sir Bob Jones for help.

He replied, they should just flog themselves with barbed wire. It would have much the same effect for a fraction of the cost.

There may have been moments when Shaun Quincey felt that flogging himself with barbed wire may have been easier and less unpleasant than his solo Trans-Tasman rowing attempt.

But he persevered and had the satisfaction of completing the challenge nine days faster than his father Colin, who rowed the Tasman from New Zealand to Australia in 1977.

Ultra marathon runner Dean Karnazes reckons you start running with your feet, continue with your head and finish with your heart. Long-distance rowing must take a similar level of physical fitness, determination and emotional strength.

It’s a feat he can be proud of and we lesser mortals can be inspired by.



Another reason to miss Keeping Stock: sports talk.

This isn’t an attempt to replace the updates and commentary he used to provide, but Mahe Drysdale’s fourth single sculls gold medal in a row at the World Rowing Champs deserves a mention.

Hamish Bond and Eric Murray also won gold in the men’s coxless pairs.

New Zealand gained two more golds when Duncan Grant and the lightweight double of Storm Uru and Peter Taylor won their races. The women’s pair of Rebecca Scown and Emma Feathery won a bronze medal.

Caroline & Georgina to retire


Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell announced they are retiring from rowing.

They won their second Olympic gold in Beijing and plan to take some time out while they decide their futures off the water.

“Retiring now just feels right,” Caroline said.

“It’s been a great time in our lives and we couldn’t have done it without (coach) Richard (Tonks).”

“We have always said they should give out three medals not two.”

Georgina said there was life in New Zealand rowing after them.

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