Second gold for New Zealand in Lithuania
New Zealand rowers grabbed their second gold medal of the Under 23 Rowing World Championships in Trakai, Lithuania on
Sunday, with men's double Nathan Flannery and Hayden Cohen coming out on top in a gripping battle with the Germans in
their A final.
It means the Cohen brothers now both hold world titles in the double scull, with Hayden's brother and two time world
champion Nathan now limbering up for the Olympic campaign with another former Under 23 world champion, Joseph Sullivan.
The double started from an unfavoured lane and were not one of the fastest qualifiers, but put in a great race
performance. Coming into the last 300 where wind favoured the others they battled hard and hung on to win. Cohen said;
"It just went to plan, that was what we had to do and it just felt really good."
The women's lightweight double scull of Georgia Hammond and Sophie Mackenzie also took a bronze medal in their final to
take the medal tally for New Zealand to two gold and three bronze medals.
On Saturday Kayla Pratt and Kelsey Bevan took gold in the women's pair and there were also two bronze medals - for the
men's coxed four of Michael Berry, Alex Kennedy, Axel Dickinson, Robert Kells and Caleb Shepherd and the women's
quadruple scull of Olivia Loe, Genevieve Behrent, Lucy Spoors and Linda Matthews.