New Zealand, Croatian rowers win women, men’s pair gold

The two were part of the New Zealand team that finished fourth in women’s eight back in Rio five years ago.

Tokyo: Two-time world champions Kerri Gowler/Grace Prendergast of New Zealand came from behind to win their first Olympic gold in the women’s pair competition on Thursday.

The two were part of the New Zealand team that finished fourth in women’s eight back in Rio five years ago, and this time they bagged home a gold medal in six minutes and 50.19 seconds.

Vasilisa Stepanova and Elena Oriabinskaia finished 1.26 seconds behind to win the silver for ROC (Russian Olympic Committee).

Canada’s world champions Caileigh Filmer/Hillary Janssens, who beat the New Zealanders at the 2018 world championship, took the bronze in 6:52.10 despite a lead in the first 1,000m.

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Croatian rowers led from the beginning to the end to win the men’s pair gold at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

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The Sinkovic brothers Valent and Martin, double sculls champion at Rio 2016, notched Croatia’s second gold in Tokyo, clocking six minutes and 15.29 seconds.

Romania took the silver in 6:16.58 and Denmark bagged the bronze in 6:19.88.

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