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SA teams in repechage

Both the South African men’s fours and pairs teams have gone through to the repechage events at the World Rowing Championships on Lake Karapiro, New Zealand.

This after strong winds had played havoc with the crews on the first day of competition.

Explained manager Roger Barrow: “Luckily the Karapiro waters were calmer today and the tail wind blew straight down the course. The pair and four were racing in their second race as a crew.

“With high hopes and the boys raring to go we still did not know what to expect. The four were sharp out of the blocks but just did not capitalise. The four were simply caught napping. The pair posted a good time but all in all both crews were just not hitting the fairway today. The coaches agree that there is more speed to be found.”

“Tomorrow is a new day and it is who is best on the day. Tomorrow we have the repechage for both the four and the pair — top three go into the semi-final so we must remember that races are won by rowers who refuse to be beaten.”

Team SA’s four is made up by Lawrence Ndlovu, John Smith, James Thompson and Tony Paladin while the pairs crew is Ramon di Clemente and Peter Lamberts.