‘I still believe I can be the best in the world’ – Emma Twigg reverses decision to quit rowing, eyes 2020 Olympics glory

Athletes sometimes don't realise what they've got until it's gone and that's exactly the case for former world champion rower Emma Twigg.

Twigg quit the sport after the Rio Olympics but now she's started training in New Zealand and is determined to force her way back into one of our toughest Olympic programmes.

The 31-year-old has spent hours on Lake Karapiro pursuing her dream but it was actually watching others chase theirs in South Korea earlier this year that made her realise the privilege she'd given up.

"I spent a bit of time at the speedskating oval and I was watching the guys and looking around me at this amazing venue and realising how awesome it is to be an Olympian, to be an athlete," she said.

Twigg has attended three Olympics but never won a medal. Instead she's finished fourth twice.

She said those results have turned into her drive.

"I’d be lying if I didn't say there wasn't some kind of unfinished business."

Since giving up the sport two years ago, she's been working for the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland.

Twigg took a year off to study before the Rio Olympics but she fought her way back into the highly competitive New Zealand squad then and she plans to do it again.

Over the next month she'll be tested both on and off the water and is confident she can produce the goods.

"I still believe I can be the best in the world and that's one of the motivators to get back in a boat.

"But I'm really looking forward to enjoying the process more this time and focusing less on the end result."


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Canelo Alvarez wins narrow decision for middleweight title against Gennady Golovkin

Canelo Alvarez won the middleweight title by the narrowest of margins this afternoon, taking a majority decision win over Gennady Golovkin to hand the longtime champion his first loss as a pro.

A year after the two fought to a draw, the second fight was almost as close.

There were no knockdowns, but the action was spirited throughout as the two battled to the final bell before a frenzied crowd at the T-Mobile Arena.

Two judges favored Alvarez 115-113, while a third had it 114-114. The AP scored it 114-114.

The two fighters switched roles, with Triple G trying to counter Alvarez and the Mexican fighter coming forward much of the fight.

Both landed well to the head and Golovkin controlled some rounds with his jab though neither were ever in any trouble of going down.

"He's a great fighter but I'm a great fighter and I showed it tonight," Alvarez said.

The fight was a rematch of a draw last September that left neither fighter satisfied.

Canelo Alvarez lands a punch against Gennady Golovkin in the 12th round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Las Vegas. Alvarez won by majority decision. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Canelo Alvarez lands a punch against Gennady Golovkin in the 12th round during a middleweight title boxing bout in Las Vegas. Source: Associated Press


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Auckland Tuatara coach 'really excited' by open trials turnout

As the Auckland Tuatara wrap up their open trials in Auckland today, manager Steve Mintz says that the organisation are thrilled with the turnout.

With the Tuatara coming into existence ahead of the new Australian Baseball League season, the Auckland side have been holding trials, hoping to find an undiscovered talent among New Zealand amateurs.

Speaking to 1 NEWS this morning, Mintz said that the trials have been a success.

"We've been very excited with the turnouts that we've had," he began.

"We've been able to find a handful of people that we think can help us.

"We're super excited about the people with the interest, the willingness to do the trials. For me, that speaks volumes about them - we're excited about everything that's happened the last couple of days."

The Tuatara will assemble as a team for the first time in November, ahead of their inaugural season.
 

The Kiwi baseball side are looking for top amateur players to join their ranks. Source: 1 NEWS


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