Mahe Drysdale took the win in the men’s premier single scull on the glittering waters of Lake Karapiro ahead of Robbie Manson and John Storey. He crossed the line a second ahead of Manson, who had beaten him in the heats.
Drysdale’s season has been rocky, with a dispute between his coach Tonks and Rowing New Zealand dominating the headlines.
However, this will be a good recovery race for Drysdale as he aims to take the ultimate prize in Rio.
Meanwhile, Emma Twigg took a giant step on the road to Rio by comfortably winning the premier women’s single scull. The 28 year old took a year out to study in Switzerland through 2015, but emerged victorious ahead of several world champions and will undoubtedly be favourite to reclaim her spot in the single scull for the Rio Olympics.