Mahe Drysdale wins battle of Kiwis in London

WARY: Mahe Drysdale is pleased with his form but not getting carried away heading into the final World Cup regatta of 2014 starting in Lucerne tonight.
WARY: Mahe Drysdale is pleased with his form but not getting carried away heading into the final World Cup regatta of 2014 starting in Lucerne tonight.

Mahe Drysdale has knocked fellow Kiwi sculler George Bridgewater out of the Henley Royal Regatta as the five-times world champion chases his fourth title at the regatta.

The Olympic men's single scull gold medalist recorded a comfortable victory over Bridgewater, who has recently returned to rowing after almost six years away from the sport, in the Diamond Challenge Sculls event on the River Thames.

Drysdale won by 8.59 seconds over the former Olympic bronze medalist, who earlier this year announced he was giving up his job in finance with Morgan Stanley in Singapore to pursue a place in the New Zealand rowing team for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Bridgewater, who had his first race since the 2008 Olympics when he contested the Holland Beker regatta in Amsterdam late last month, had won his first round head-to-head race over Lithuania's Martynas Dziaugys the previous day.

But as expected, he couldn't keep pace with Drysdale, who won the men's single scull gold at the second World Cup regatta of the year in Aiguebelette, France, last month.

Drysdale won the Diamond Challenge Sculls title in 2006, 2009 and 2010.

Waikato Times