Mahe Drysdale misses place in NZ rowing team ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Mahe Drysdale has been left out of the New Zealand men's rowing team, effectively ending his chances of a third successive Olympic gold medal.
As reported by Stuff last week, Drysdale missed out on the men's single scull berth to Jordan Parry.

The NZ rowing team for the Tokyo Olympics will be named on June 11, but with no World Cup racing in Europe for the Kiwi team this season, it seems highly unlikely the athletes named in boats to date will lose their places.

Drysdale, 42, was aiming to become just the third man to win a third successive gold in the mens single scull.

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Rowing NZ will send a men's eight to the final Olympic qualifying regatta in Lucerne in May which features dual Olympic champion in the pair, Hamish Bond.

The 2012 and 2016 Olympic men's single scull champion and bronze medallist in 2008 missed out on the spot in the boat to Parry after the 25-year-old was the dominant performer in the single scull at the recent Rowing New Zealand elite men's trials.

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Mahe Drysdale has missed out on the men's single scull berth in the New Zealand rowing team.

Drysdale won his first Olympic gold at the 2012 London Olympics, seeing off arch-rival Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic and good friend Alan Campbell of Great Britain. He defended his title in dramatic fashion four years later in Rio de Janeiro when he pipped Damir Martin of Croatia in a photo-finish.

Drysdale has also won five world championship single scull titles.

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Only two rowers Finlands Perttii Karppinen and the Soviet Unions Vyacheslav Ivanov have won three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the mens single scull.

Drysdale also missed out on a place in the men's double scull crew, with Jack Lopas and Chris Harris selected.

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Jordan Parry has been selected as NZ's men's single sculler.

Another possible avenue to be in the NZ team for the Olympics closed when Rowing NZ decided not to send a mens quad to the last chance regatta.

The eight - which also features 2019 world championship silver medallists in the pair, Tom Murray and Michael Brake has to finish in the top two in Switzerland to qualify for Tokyo.

Should the eight qualify, the crew must stay the same for the Tokyo Olympics barring injury meaning Rowing NZ will have to name a men's pair without their premium sweep oar duo.

New Zealand has nine boats qualified for Tokyo Olympics - scheduled to start on July 23 womens single scull, womens double sculls, lightweight womens double sculls, womens pair, womens quad, womens eight, mens single scull, mens double sculls and mens pair.

2021 Rowing NZ Mens Elite Team:

Single scull Jordan Parry (Tauranga RC, Waikato RPC), Gary Roberts (coach); double sculls Chris Harris (Aramoho Whanganui RC, Central RPC), Jack Lopas (Canterbury RC, Southern RPC), Calvin Ferguson (coach). Mens eight to compete at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta, Lucerne, May 15-17 Dan Williamson (Auckland RC, Auckland RPC), Hamish Bond (North End RC, Southern RPC), Matt MacDonald (North Shore RC, Auckland RPC), Michael Brake (North Shore RC, Auckland RPC), Phillip Wilson (Petone RC, Central RPC), Shaun Kirkham (Waikato RC, Waikato RPC), Tom Mackintosh (Avon RC, Southern RPC), Tom Murray (Blenheim RC, Central RPC), Sam Bosworth (cox) (Avon RC, Southern RPC), Tony OConnor & Gary Roberts (coaches). Reserves Brook Robertson (Nelson RC, Central RPC), Ian Seymour (Wairau RC, Central RPC), Ollie Maclean (North Shore RC, Auckland RPC), Stephen Jones (West End RC, Auckland RPC).


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