It was the first time any country had won four golds at any world championships since the former East Germany in 1987, an achievement which prompted New Zealand's largest newspaper, the NZ Herald, to scream "FOARSOME" in a banner headline.
New Zealand has a population creeping just over 4,000,000 - roughly a fifth of the population of Metropolitan New York - but is internationally recognised as regularly punching well above its weight in international sporting competition.
New Zealand has previously won four Olympic golds in a single sport (canoeing) at a single games but that was over two days on Lake Casitas at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics . The previous shortest time between winning gold medals was less than an hour when the great Peter Snell (800 m) and Murray Halberg (5000 m) triumphed at the Rome Olympics in 1960.
On this Magic 45 Minutes occasion, New Zealand had five teams in the rowing finals, an achievement which astonished the international rowing fraternity at Giva. Kiwis back at home in New Zealand were hoping that maybe two gold medals would be achievable. But in only 45 minutes, the Kiwis won four golds and the New Zealand flag proudly flew four times as the National Anthem was played four times in succession.
The four victories were:
The men's coxless four of Donald Leach, Carl Meyer, Eric Murray and Steven Cottle finished sixth in their final.
In November 2005, New Zealand head coach, Dick Tonks was named the 2005 Coach of the Year by FISA, the International Rowing Federation, and the Evers-Swindell sisters were named Female Crew of the Year.