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Coxed Four, 1968

Coxed Four, 1968
They were, according to coach Rusty Robertson, the funniest crew you ever saw when they first got together for training at Kerr’s Reach on the Avon in Christchurch.

The first time they got into the boat, they fell out. But four months later, at the Mexico Olympics in 1968, they were the best four (or five) in the world and their names are among the greats in New Zealand rowing – Warren Cole, Ross Collinge, Dudley Storey, Dick Joyce and cox Simon Dickie.

Though they’d never raced together before, they won their heat in Mexico City with ease and fought off an Italian challenge in their semifinal.

In the final against the Soviet Union, the United States, East Germany, Switzerland and Italy, they had the lead by the end of the first quarter. By halfway, they were clear leaders but it was in the third quarter that the challenges began.

The East Germans and the Swiss lifted their ratings but the New Zealanders held together until the end.
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