Women’s eight win rowing World Champs

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The New Zealand women’s rowing eight are world champions.

The crew won its first gold medal in the women’s eight on the final day of competition in Austria.

Coached by Gary Hay, the New Zealand women’s eight crew of Ella Greenslade, Emma Dyke, Lucy Spoors, Kelsey Bevan, Grace Prendergast, Kerri Gowler, Beth Ross, Jackie Gowler and coxswain Caleb Shepherd were crowned world champions after taking first place in the A Final.

New Zealand had an outstanding regatta. They topped the World Championships table with four gold medals and two silvers and the team has now qualified nine boats for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

The men’s eight finished sixth in their final, missing out on Olympic qualification by one place.

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