Newsbeat journalist Braeden Leggett gives a rundown of the rowing and canoeing athletes and what key names to look out for in the Rio Olympics 2016.
Listen to some of his audio commentary below:
Lightweight Double sculls:
Caleb Shepherd (cox)
Francie Turner (cox)
Mike Dawson (Men’s K-1)
Luuka Jones (Women’s K-1)
Marty McDowell (K-1 1000m)
Lisa Carrington (K-1 200m/K-1 500m)
Aimee Fisher (K-4 500m)
Kayla Imrie (K-4 500m)
Jaimee Lovett (K-4 500m)
Caitlin Ryan (K-4 500m)
Rowing will be New Zealand’s top sport in the Olympics with a total of 38 kiwi athletes heading to Rio.
Mahe Drysdale is the current Olympic champion and five-time champion in the single scull. He won the bronze medal in Beijing 2008 and then finally claimed gold in the London 2012 Games. The 37-year-old will definitely be the favourite of taking out the gold medal. The only concern is him being able to control his nerves. The previous two Olympics he vomited due to being distressed before the event. Drysdale is capable of taking out the event in 1st place.
The female single scull rower Emma Twigg is also competing at Rio. Her recent performance has been strong and there is potential for her to claim a medal.
There is no question that the pair of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray will get gold. Their performance has been spot on and both of them have won six consecutive gold medals each. I am very confident that these two will get a gold medal.
The women’s double sculls and lightweight double sculls could also claim gold due to a great consistent run. All four girls won gold in last year’s 2015 rowing championships. If they continue using their brilliant skills, there is a gold medal waiting at the end of it.
There is also hope for a medal for the women’s pair of Genevieve Behrent and Rebecca Scown as well as the eight team.
In canoeing, Lisa Carrington will no doubt claim gold in the K-1 200m/K-1500m races. She is at the top of her game and with a gold Olympic medal already under her belt, she will be looking to repeat success in the canoeing event.
Who to look out for?
- Mahe Drysdale – He enters the event as one of the best all time rowers, there is a gold medal waiting for him.
- Hamish Bond and Eric Murray – High expectations for these two rowers. They are the best in the world. I expect gold, they expect gold.
- Lisa Carrington – One word: Gold. She holds the Olympic time record for canoeing. Cannot see her getting a medal other than gold.
- Women’s lightweight double skull/women’s double scull. Sources have predicted that they will get a medal. Potentially a gold medal.
Check out Braeden’s take on the New Zealand Olympic Sports Teams here.