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Canada wins gold, bronze at rowing worlds

Tracy Cameron of Shubenacadie, N.S., and Victoria's Lindsay Jennerich won Canada's second gold medal at the world rowing championships with a victory in the lightweight women's double sculls event Friday in New Zealand.

Tracy Cameron of Shubenacadie, N.S., and Victoria's Lindsay Jennerich won Canada's second gold medal at the world rowing championships with a victory in the lightweight women's double sculls event Friday in New Zealand.

Cameron and Jennerich finished the 2,000-metre course in a time of eight minutes 6.20 seconds. Daniela Reimer and Anja Noske of Germany won silver in 8:07.33 and Christina Giazitzidou and Alexandra Tsiavou of Greece took bronze in 8:09.14.

Canada also won gold Wednesday in the adaptive coxed four.

Also Friday, Jensen of Innerkip, Ont. and Rares Crisan of Mississauga Ont., won bronze in the men's light pair.

Cameron and Jennerich overcame windy conditions to win Canada's first world championship gold in the lightweight women's double sculls since the 1990s.

"We did an excellent job of handling the head- and cross-wind conditions," Jennerich said.

"We just kept to the race plan — to stay long and keep breathing. … What I thought was really positive was that at 750 (metres) to go we had a lead and we were at a low enough rate, with a good enough rhythm, that I knew if someone was going to challenge us that we would be able to answer."

Jensen and Crisan finished the men's light pair race in 7:23.29. France won in 7:18.92 and host New Zealand  finished second in 7:21.29.

"The water was really crappy at the start and rough through the middle," said Jensen, who has won a medal in every A final he has raced throughout his international career. "But we put our heads down and pushed through — racing smartly and getting the job done."

Meanwhile, Cam Sylvester of Caledon, Ont., and Doug Vandor of Dewittville, Que., finished fourth in the lightweight men's double in 7:18.34, just three one-hundredths of a second behind the bronze medallists from New Zealand. Great Britain won gold and Italy took silver.

Canada has two more medal chances with boats in the A final of the women's pair Saturday and the A final of the women's eight Sunday.