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Light Kiwis take flight at last (LW2x final Munich)

Posted by rowingvoice on June 21, 2012

As rumbles of euro-trouble returned in their home country, the Greek world champions Tsiavou and Giazitzidou pushed off to go and sort out Angela Merkel.  Sensible ladies.  With two-times 2012 season medallists China also absent, the only ones competing in Munich who had already made it to the podium this year were Britain and New Zealand, both combinations with former world cup medallists now joined by young talents who have ousted other internationals during intense Olympic-year selection.

The young guns concerned are Julia Edward (NZL), and Kat Copeland (GBR), Edward having been in a previous LW2x combination with Lucy Strack, who in her turn was with Louise Ayling last year.  Now it’s Ayling and Edward, with Strack omitted.

In Munich it became obvious the new Kiwi combination has more oomph, ability to rate high for minutes at a time, and cohesion under pressure than the Brits.  Copeland and Sophie Hosking were occasionally out of phase and already slipping behind leaders Edward and Ayling before they were quarter of the way down the track, and the slide continued into fourth as first Germany and then Denmark passed the Brits.  For New Zealand, an unchallenged start-to-finish victory to be savoured, but without two of the biggest threats present.

There is a realistic chance that the London races will turn into two-part contests if Greece and China continue their form.  Whether anyone such as Denmark, New Zealand, Germany or Britain can join them in the top spots remains to be seen, but it’s clear there is not yet the same strength in depth in this event that can be seen in the other lightweight Olympic events.

Rachel Quarrell

Gold New Zealand; silver Denmark, bronze Germany; GBR1, NED, GBR2.

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