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Dick Arnst

Dick Arnst

On 15 December 1908 Dick Arnst defeated Billy Webb on the Whanganui River in the world sculling championship. Arnst won by seven lengths in a time of 19 minutes 52 seconds. He had been a successful road cyclist in Canterbury and then went to Sydney to learn how to scull. Arnst won £500 (almost $80,000 in 2013 terms) for his victory.

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David Green, 'Rowing - The professional era', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 April 2021)

Story by David Green, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 19 Sep 2016