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Canberra rower Kim Crow takes silver for Australia at world rowing championships

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Australia have wrapped up the world rowing championships with Canberra's Kim Crow unable to defend her title in the single scull in Amsterdam.

Crow, the Olympic silver medallist, was on Sunday hoping to replicate the sort of race which earned her world championships status in South Korea last year - but was instead upset by New Zealand's Emma Twigg, claiming silver on the final day of competition.

The result, which was supported by bronze medals to the men's and women's double scull on Sunday, left Australia third overall on the medal table - with two gold, three silver and three bronze.

The haul is similar to their return in South Korea, where they bagged six medals, but three gold, to finish second overall.

New Zealand topped the tally with six goal, with Great Britain second with four gold and four silver.

Twigg, the world rowing cup champion, confirmed New Zealand's status at the top with her victory over Crow, who led at the 500m mark but fell away to be beaten by 2.38 seconds behind Twigg's 7:14:95.

"It was tough but it was one of the most enjoyable races I've ever done," Crow said.

"I had a great race, but Emma [Twigg] got me again and credit to her for it, she's had a great season and I have nothing but respect for her.

"It's been a mixed experience here, I've had some good rows and some not so good rows.

"It is a good chance to realise on what is working and also what I need to go home and work on again."

AAP

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