Lynley Hannen
Personal information
Born (1964-08-27) 27 August 1964 (age 57)
Spouse(s)Bill Coventry
Medal record

Lynley Coventry (born 27 August 1964), much better known under her maiden name Lynley Hannen, is a former New Zealand rower.

Hannen was born in Dunedin.[1] She trained with Nikki Payne under the guidance of coach Harry Mahon. Although they had won the national pairs title twice in a row, they were overlooked for Olympic selection. Still novices on the international stage in 1988, they went to Europe on their own initiative to be with their coach. They did well in regattas, but were also working and saving up for a holiday in Greece. When they came second at the World Rowing Cup at Rotsee in Lucerne, they were called up not long before the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.[1][2]

Hannen and Payne had improved over a short time. At Lucerne, they were beaten by the East German team by 14 seconds.[1] In Seoul, the New Zealand pair competed against the East Germans in the qualifying heat of the coxless pair event, and this time, the winning margin of the East Germans was down to three seconds.[3] The New Zealanders won their repechage and thus qualified for the A final,[4] where they came third, putting a five-second margin between themselves and the East German team in fourth place.[5] New Zealand's bronze medal was entirely unexpected.[6]

At the 1989 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Yugoslavia, Payne and Hannen came sixth in the coxless pair.[7] At the 1990 World Rowing Championships in Tasmania, Australia, Hannen competed in two events. She came fourth with the women's eight,[8] and sixth with the women's coxless four.[9] At the 1991 World Rowing Championships in Vienna, Austria, Hannen came eights with the women's eight.[10]

Hannen later married fellow Olympic rower Bill Coventry and took on his name.[11] The couple have four children and now live in Nelson.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Lynley Hannen". New Zealand Olympic Committee. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  2. ^ Martin, Wayne (5 August 2016). "Rio stirs memories in Nelson Olympic rowing bronze medallist Lynley Hannen". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Rowing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games: Women's Coxless Pairs Round One". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  4. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Rowing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games: Women's Coxless Pairs Round One Repêchage". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  5. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Rowing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games: Women's Coxless Pairs Final Round". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Nikki Mills". New Zealand Olympic Committee. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  7. ^ "(W2-) Women's Pair - Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  8. ^ "(W8+) Women's Eight - Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  9. ^ "(W4-) Women's Four - Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  10. ^ "(W8+) Women's Eight - Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Rowing: Cancer claims man with gift for speed". The New Zealand Herald. 21 May 2001. Retrieved 3 September 2016.