In the Olympic qualifiers held in Lucerne, New Zealand's struggle came almost eight times

In the Olympic qualifiers held in Lucerne, New Zealand’s struggle came almost eight times

New Zealand’s eight paddlers suffered a severe psychological blow two days after the Olympic qualifying race.

They just hope their opponents won’t manipulate them and keep their powder dry.

Team Kiwi is racing in the ‘Last Chance’ Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland and must finish the race between the first two of the four registered boats to secure their place in the Tokyo Games.

While this crucial final takes place on Monday evening (New Zealand time), the four teams – China, Romania, Italy and others – are still rowing in the Saturday Night Preliminary (NZT) competition, which basically determines just which ones are the characteristics of a boat on each course during the period. Comforts.

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And the New Zealand crew, consisting of Dan Williamson, Hamish Bond, Matt MacDonald, Michael Brick, Philip Wilson, Sean Kirkham, Tom McIntosh, Tom Murray and Cox Sam Bosworth, are already in the middle lane five years later. 1 minute 36.34 seconds.

New Zealand improved by 500 meters at every turn and steadily extended its lead over closest rivals Romania, who surprisingly won silver medals at the European Championships in Italy last month.

Romania finished second with a time of 5:39.13 seconds, while China (5:47.07) and Italy (5:50.71) returned.

In NZ 8, three rowers – Brake, Kirkham and Murray – were part of the crew that finished sixth at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

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