Published Thursday 02 August 2012

Emma Twigg qualified comfortably for the women’s single sculls final when she finished third in her semi-final, behind impressive Dane Fie Erichsen and Chinese Xiuyun Zhang.
Twigg’s semi was in effect two races – the first three were more than six seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
Twigg, a bronze medallist at the last two world championships, recorded 7min 46.71s. She’ll have her work cut out in the final – her qualifying time was the slowest of the six finalists.
Storm Uru and Peter Taylor, men’s lightweight double sculls world champions in 2009, and place-getters at the last two world champs, moved comfortably into the final.
Uru and Taylor finished second in their semi – the faster of the two - in 6min 36.71s. They were well behind the winners, Denmark, but had a qualifying cushion of more than four seconds.
The New Zealanders qualified third fastest of the six finalists.
The men’s four missed a place in the final when they finished fourth in their semi-final.
With three to go through, Tyson Williams, Jade Uru, Sean O’Neill and Chris Harris finished nearly two seconds behind the third-placed Germans.
The New Zealanders’ semi – the slower of the two - was won by the United States in 6min 01.72s. They were followed by the Greek and German teams. Williams, Uru, O’Neill and Harris recorded 6min 06.36s, and were eighth fastest of the semi-finalists. They will now row in the B final.
Louise Ayling and Julia Edward also missed a finals berth when they finished fifth in their women’s lightweight double sculls semi-final. Their race was won by Great Britain in 7min 05.90s. The New Zealanders were timed at 7min 15.06s, five seconds off qualifying. They too will now row in the B final.