New Zealand have won two golds and a silver in a golden hour at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Single sculler Emma Twigg started the medal rush by winning her event. She dominated the final-leading from start to finish-winning in an Olympic best time of 7 mins, 13.97 secs.
The other gold medal came from the New Zealand men’s eight. They stunned the world to win gold in the final event of the Olympic rowing programme. In a tight race, surge at the three quarter mark was enough to finished .96 secs ahead of Germany, with reigning Olympic champions Great Britain having to settle for bronze.
The New Zealand team was made up of Sam Bosworth (cox), Shaun Kirkham, Tom Mackintosh, Michael Brake, Matt MacDonald, Tom Murray, Phillip Wilson, Hamish Bond and Daniel Williamson.
The eight only secured their place in the Tokyo field in May after winning the last chance Olympic qualifying regatta.
The silver medal came from the women’s eight who finished .91 secs behind Canada, with China third a further 1.07 secs back. The team was made up of Caleb Shepherd (cox), Ella Greenslade, Emma Dyke, Kelsey Bevan, Kirstyn Goodger, Beth Ross, Phoebe Spoors, Lucy Spoors, Jackie Gowler, Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler.
They were third at 500 metres and at the halfway stage, before reeling in Australia in the third 500. But they couldn’t chase down Canada, who led from start to finish.