New Zealand Rowing confirms Drysdale to contest World Rowing Championships in the quad
New Zealand Olympic rowing champion Mahe Drysdale will join the men’s quadruple sculls for the World Rowing Championships next month after failing to secure the team’s single scull entry. As expected Robbie Manson, unbeaten in 2018 at home and abroad, secures the spot as the favourite to win the event after another outstanding season.
Drysdale was aiming to represent New Zealand in the men’s single in Plovdiv, Bulgaria but he was comprehensively beaten by teammate Robbie Manson at World Rowing Cup III in Lucerne last month.
Mahé Drysdale confirms he is to compete in the quad for the World Rowing Championships 2018
Drysdale joins Nathan Flannery, Lewis Hollows and Cameron Crampton in the quad leaving former quad member Parry Jordan relegated to the reserve men’s double with Giacomo Thomas. At their last outing at World Rowing Cup III the New Zealand quad won the B Final in an event won by the GB crew stroked by Tom Barras.
On arrival home from Lucerne, Drysdale made it clear to New Zealand broadcaster TVNZ that he would rather go to Bulgaria in another boat than continue training in the single at home.
Mahé Drysdale speaking to TVNZ after World Rowing Cup III
“Worst case, I won’t be in a boat for the worlds, and I’ll be in the single training for next year,” he said at the time. “Best case, if I can make a boat go faster, then I may be in a different boat.”
Drysdale last competed in a crew boat at international level in 2004 at the Athens Olympics. He last competed in the quad in a domestic event in 2014.