Tokyo 2020 Olympics: New Zealand Has Won Its First Gold

Megan Zara Walsh Megan Zara Walsh - Staff Writer

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Well done to Prendergast and Gowler.

We’ve got amazing news to share with all of you, Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler have epically won New Zealand’s first gold, for rowing, in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Excitingly, it is New Zealand’s first Olympic gold medal to ever be won in the women’s pair. Tomorrow, they will fight to earn a second gold medal.

Reacting to Sky TV, Gowler praised their supporters, exclaiming that: “It’s been a long five years, and I’m really gutted that everyone can’t be here with us. But, yeah, I’m just really glad you’re there to support us, and we hope we did you proud.” Watch below as the pair react on Instagram to their victory.

Indeed, the Kiwi pair did the country proud. This win comes after the day before where they regained their world record in the semi-finals. With a time of 6.47.41, they beat Greek rowers, Christina Bourbou and Maria Kyriacou. Equally, they beat the British team with two-time Olympic champion Helen Glover. It was a joyous moment, especially for all the spectators below.


This week, New Zealand has won four medals in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with athlete Hayden Wilde scooping up bronze, double scullers Hannah Osborne and Brooke Donoghue winning sliver, and the men’s rugby sevens team also conquering a silver.

For a full list of athletes representing New Zealand in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, visit the Tokyo 2020 Olympics website.

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