Mahe Drysdale wins Diamond Challenge Sculls

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 08:52 07/07/2014
Mahe Drysdale
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CHAMPION SCULLER: Mahe Drysdale.

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Mahe Drysdale heads into this week's final World Cup regatta with another title to his name.

The New Zealand men's single sculler claimed his fourth Diamond Challenge Sculls crown overnight at the Henley Royal Regatta.

The reigning Olympic champion pulled clear of Dutch opponent Roel Braas midway through their final on the River Thames, eventually winning the head-to-head race by four lengths.

Drysdale had previously won the knockout event in 2006, 2009 and 2010.

The five-time world champion had earlier scored wins over fellow Kiwi George Bridgewater and Australian Nick Purnell by similar margins in his previous races at he prestigious regatta.

The 35-year-old would now head to Lucerne for the third and final World Cup event of the year.

He won the men's single scull final at the second World Cup regatta in France last month and will be aiming to repeat that effort ahead of the world championships in Amsterdam in late August.

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