Women's Single Sculls (W1x) - Final
When New Zealand's Emma Twigg beat World Champion Kim Crow (AUS) in the first World Rowing Cup in Sydney it looked like this may be her season. Twigg finished fourth at the London Olympic Games and has never managed to win a senior World Championship title. Today Twigg took another leap towards that goal by winning on the waters of Aiguebelette.
Twigg was not the fastest out at the start, that honour went to last year's World Championship fourth place finisher Magdalena Lobnig of Austria. But by the middle of the race Twigg was out in front and moving away from the field. With a comfortable margin Twigg just needed to maintain her speed to finish first. Meanwhile Lobnig was under increasing pressure from Jingli Duan of China. Duan has been competing internationally for four years now and swaps regularly between the double and single.
Rating 38 Duan was overtaking Lobnig and moving on Twigg. Lobnig had run out of steam and had no reply. Twigg added gold to her collection, Duan won silver and Lobnig held onto bronze ahead of Olympic Champion, Mirka Knapkova (CZE) who was in fourth.
Results: NZL, CHN, AUT, CZE, USA1, IRL
Gold - Emma Twigg (NZL)
I came to win and that’s what I did, but there’s a lot I did today that I can improve upon and I’d like to make the margin a little bigger.
Bronze - Magdalena Lobnig (AUT)
It went great. I such a hard winter season so it’s so nice that it went well. I’m improving with each race and looking forward to Lucerne.
A gallant effort by Chantal Achterberg of the Netherlands at the start saw the Dutch sculler run out of steam in the second half. This allowed for Anne Beenken of Germany Two to row through Achterberg and take line honours. This bodes for a good transition for Beenken who rowed at the under-23 level in 2013.
Results: GER2, NED, SUI, CRO, FRA1, SWE2