New Zealands Olympic rowing campaign got off to an encouraging start this morning at Eton Dorney when Juliette Haigh and Rebecca Scown qualified comfortably for the final of the womens pair.
Haigh and Scown needed to finish in the first two to progress directly to the final and did so without too much trouble, finishing second behind Australians Kate Hornsey and Sarah Tait.
The Australians won in 7min 01,60s, with the New Zealanders second in 7min 06.93s, nearly seven seconds ahead of the third-placed Chinese.
New Zealanders have high hopes for their experienced and well-performed rowing squad.
In todays first session, there are seven New Zealand crews in action.