Drysdale eases into Henley Royal Regatta final

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 08:47 06/07/2014
Mahe Drysdale
PETER DRURY/Fairfax NZ
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.

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Olympic champion Mahe Drysdale will chase a fourth Henley Royal Regatta title tonight (NZ time).

Drysdale will go head-to-head with Roel Braas of The Netherlands in the final of the Diamond Challenge Sculls men's single scull event on the River Thames.

The 2012 London Olympic gold medalist scored a comprehensive semifinal win last night when he beat Australian Nick Purnell by three lengths.

The 35-year-old Kiwi will now race against Braas, a member of the Dutch men's eight at the London Olympics and recent winner of the men's single scull title at the Holland Beker regatta.

Braas, 27, beat Briton Alan Campbell by three lengths in the other semifinal.

Drysdale, who has won five world championship titles, has also won the Diamond Challenge Sculls crown at Henley in 2006, 2009 and 2010.

He captured gold at last month's World Cup regatta in France and saw off fellow Kiwi George Bridgewater in the quarterfinals on Friday night (NZ time).

 


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