New Zealand added three more medals to their haul from the world rowing championships in South Korea on Sunday.
Fiona Bourke and Zoe Stevenson came within a whisker of gold in the women’s double sculls at Chungju, fading in the last 50m as the Lithuanian pair of Donata Vistartaite and Milda Valciukaite timed their run to the line impeccably.
Lithuania stormed home in 6min 51.82sec to New Zealand’s 6:51.86, with Ekaterina Karsten and Yuliya Bichyk of Belarus third in 6:55.90.
The Kiwis pushed their bow in front with 300m to go but a bad stroke cost them the win with only a few metres to go.
Bourke said their race plan to match the Lithuanians came close to success.
“But unfortunately there were a few speed bumps along the way which gave the race away in the end.
“We’re impressed with what we’ve done to date, and neither of us have much experience in the small boats,” she said.
“There’s a bit of fire in the belly for next year – disappointment is the biggest feeder for training and we hope to come back in 2014 in Amsterdam to take it out.”
The Kiwi lightweight four of James Hunter, James Lassche, Peter Taylor and Curtis Rapley also took silver, tracking winners Denmark all the way and mounting a strong threat over the last 500m.
Stroke Curtis Rapley said the closeness of the finish reflected the race’s intensity.
“We kept to our own game plan and we nearly came through. The Denmark crew is a top quality crew and you can’t give them an inch.”
The Danish four clocked 5:55.68 for the win, with New Zealand second in 5:57.28 ahead of Great Britain’s third-placed 5:59.98.
Emma Twigg rounded out the day with a strong finish in the women’s single sculls, taking silver in 7:33.57 behind Australian Kim Crow, who dominated the race throughout with 7:31.34.
Although disappointed to miss out on gold, Twigg said Crow’s early work was hard to pull back.
“Obviously gold was what I came here for but silver is pretty good.
“Kim put a lot of distance in the early part of the race, but I didn’t stay in touch as much as I would’ve liked.”
New Zealand had already picked up a gold on Saturday (NZT) when Olympic champions Eric Murray and Hamish Bond won the men’s pair, while Rebecca Scown and Kayla Pratt took bronze in the women’s pair.