Nelson Rowing Club's Zoe McBride is a double world champion in the lightweight single scull. Photo: Rowing New Zealand.

Zoe McBride wins second world rowing title

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Nelson rower Zoe McBride has claimed her second lightweight single sculls world title at the 2016 World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Zoe claimed her first lightweight single sculls world championship title in at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France.

Zoe is also a two time under-23 world champion in the lightweight double sculls.

Zoe’s 2015 season was nothing short of spectacular. As well as becoming the lightweight single world champion, Zoe broke the long-standing world best time in this boat class by going 7:24.460 for the 2000 metre race during the World Rowing Cup.

Yesterday’s A final time of 8:28.450 in head wind conditions wouldn’t beat Zoe’s world fastest time, but it was enough to secugold over Emma Fredh of Sweden and Katherine Sauks of Canada in bronze.

The 20 year old  was the sure favourite in this race.

She  had won her heat by nine seconds and set off in the A final by powering ahead of the rest of the field and leading for the full 2000 metres.

A sprint with 300 metres to go from second place Emma Fredh of Sweden forced Zoe into her closest finish of the world championships. Sauks of Canada held off a late American charge to take bronze.

“I’m very happy to have this box ticked off and one goal closer to the big one. I felt in control for the first 1500 but Emma did a really nice job in the last 500. Now onto the next box.”

The regatta features only non-Olympic boat classes, along with the World Under-23 Championships at the same time.