Mahe Drysdale wins the Billy Webb Challenge

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 15:46 09/12/2012

Relevant offers

Other Sports

Spanish boat Mapfre wins Auckland leg of Volvo Ocean Race New Zealand water polo star Joseph Kayes set to represent Australia at Rio Olympics Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton under fire as PR springs leak Jason Pettaway's chance meeting with Muhammad Ali led him to career in ring Tom Hubbard, Rose Marshall-Lee win Calder Stewart Cycling Series first round UCI calls for Lance Armstrong's former Astana team to be stripped of elite status Ricardo Christie has tough World Surf League championship tour start Jake Robertson sets pace with broken wrist No chance of reconciliation between Team NZ boss Grant Dalton and Dean Barker Nick Willis wins feature 5000m race at Auckland Track Challenge

Mahe Drysdale showed even on minimal training and pondering retirement he's a class above when winning the Billy Webb Challenge on the Whanganui River today.

The men's single sculls gold medalist at this year's London Olympics headed home Nathan Cohen and Sweden's Lassi Karonen, while Australia's Kim Crow captured the women's title.

Drysdale has given himself until Christmas to decide if he will continue to row with the 2016 Olympics his major goal should he return, but showed over the 5km he can still beat a top-class field, which featured three fellow NZ gold medalists from London in Cohen, Eric Murray (fourth) and Joseph Sullivan (fifth).

''It was pretty tough. It was a real battle right throughout between Lassi, me and Nathan, right to the end," Drysdale said.

''Lassi led out early, I managed to get through at about the halfway stage but never opened up a big enough gap to feel comfortable.''

Double Olympic medallist Crow dominated the women's race to head home the Kiwi trio of Fi Bourke, Sarah Gray and Zoe Stevenson.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content