Rowing pair say Olympic gold the 'icing on the cake'

Source: 1News

Rowers Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler admit they are "over the moon" after winning New Zealand's first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics earlier today.

The Kiwis were in a hotly-contested race with Canada, but burst ahead in the final 1000m to cross the line in 6:50.19.

Russian Olympic Committee finished second, 1.26 seconds behind Gowler and Prendergast while the Canadians held on for third.

New Zealand's Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler, gold, with their medals for the Women's Pair at Sea Forest Waterway on the sixth day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Picture date: Thursday July 29, 2021. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)

Speaking to 1 NEWS this evening, Gowler said the result was "the icing on the cake" for five years of hard work since Rio, but they were now focussing on a potential second gold when they take to the water as part of the women's eight in tomorrow's final.

"We're really excited to line up again, but fully aware that it's going to be another very tough race and a very close one I'd say, so we'll just have to rest up tonight and hope tomorrow goes well for us," Gowler said.

The pair were right back into training with the eight following their gold medal victory and told 1 NEWS Olympic reporter Guy Heveldt they were looking forward to putting their feet up after a draining day.

Heveldt said they had told him they would likely be living off adrenaline and excitement to push through the eight final tomorrow, scheduled at 12.30pm (NZ time).

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