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​2022 World Rowing Championships: Sunday 18 September Day 1

  • 19 Sep 22

Single scullers Emma Twigg and Jackie Kiddle led the way for the New Zealand squad on the opening day of the World Rowing Championships in Racice, Czech Republic.

It’s the 60th anniversary of the world championships and Emma and Jackie both celebrated with wins in their heats.

Emma led all the way in heat 4 to finish 8 seconds ahead of Great Britain’s Hannah Scott. 

Emma won’t have to race again until Friday’s semifinals.

Jackie opened her quest for a first world title in the lightweight single with a dominant win. She motored down the course in 7.34.14 to qualify third fastest for Thursday’s semifinals.

Jordan Parry was the first Kiwi on the water up against Germany’s Oliver Zeidler in the men’s single. 

It turned out to be the quickest of the 6 heats.

Jordon will row the quarterfinals on Wednesday night (NZT).

The LM2x of Matt Dunham and Chris Stockley had a strong first 1000m against some of the quickest crews in the lightweight field. This new combination get another chance to qualify for the quarter final in tomorrow’s repechage.

Matt MacDonald and Tom Mackintosh, gold medallists from last year’s Olympic eight, are now moving the men’s pair pretty quickly too. They were second in their heat behind the form crew in Europe at the moment from Spain.

The two Macs were just over two seconds behind the Spaniards, Romania look like the other crew to watch in Thursday’s semis.

KIWIS IN ACTION TONIGHT: (All NZT)

Kerri Williams/Grace Prendergast in Heat 3 of the women’s pair at 8.14pm

Jackie Kiddle/Rachael Kennedy in Heat 1 of the lightweight double at 8.26pm

Phoebe Spoors/Beth Ross/Davina Waddy/Catherine Layburn in Heat 3 of the women’s four at 9.53pm

Kate Haines/Hannah Osborne/Kirstyn Goodger/Stella Clayton-Greene in Heat 3 of the women’s quad at 10.35pm

Jack O’Leary/Stephen Jones/Jamie Hindle-Daniels/Phillip Wilson in Heat 2 of the men’s quad at 10.47pm.