Spain won a leading four gold medals at the World Rowing Beach Sprint Finals in Saundersfoot ©Getty Images

Spain topped the medals table at the World Rowing Beach Sprint Finals in Saundersfoot in Britain with four golds and a silver across the nine senior and junior events.

The Spaniards beat second place Tunisia's total of two golds, a silver and a bronze while the hosts failed to win an event but were the only nation to put a boat into the last eight of all nine events.

Tokyo 2020 champion Emma Twigg of New Zealand snatched gold in the coastal women's solo event after racing was cancelled for safety reasons as the wind and waves picked up dramatically.

She was awarded the win after posting the fastest time in the previous rounds.

London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016 victor Helen Glover of Britain and the Czech Republic's Michala Pospisilova made up the rest of the podium in second and third, respectively.

Christopher Bak of the United States avenged his poor performance from last year's competition, when he was eliminated in the quarter-finals, by winning gold in the coastal men's solo final.

Tunisia's Mohamed Taeib took silver after winning a semi-final where he and Gregor Hall of Britain both got blown off course and crossed lanes.

Finland's Joel Naukkarinen then won bronze following a narrow finish where he pipped Hall to the line.

Ander Martin and Esther Briz Zamorano of Spain clinched the coastal mixed double sculls gold following a convincing win over Britain's Charles Cousins and Clare Jamison.

The country's mixed quadruple sculls crew then defended their title by beating New Zealand to the line in the decider.

Spain dominated in the junior events as Marcos Delgado Marquez and Ricardo Gonzalez Bermudez won the under-19 men's double sculls, Miranda Torres Pujante and Paula Espinosa Linares took the under-19 women's doubles sculls title