Lynley Hannen

New Zealand Olympian: 555

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Lynley Hannen and Nikki Payne paved the way for several more famous New Zealand women’s rowing duos, including Philippa Baker and Brenda Lawson, Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell, and Juliette Haigh and Nicky Coles.

Hannen and Payne were the pioneers, though. They competed in the women’s pair, in which they won the bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. They finished second in their heat, won the repecharge and were a comfortable third, behind Romania and Bulgaria, in the final. They rowed outstandingly in the final, their time of 7min 35.68s giving them a five-second cushion over the fourth-placed East Germans.

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