Mahe Drysdale's rowing rival Ondrej Synek plans to contest 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic wants to win Olympic gold at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
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Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic wants to win Olympic gold at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

While Mahe Drysdale has yet to commit to another Olympic campaign, his biggest rival over the past decade desperately wants gold in Tokyo in four years' time.

Czech Republic men's single sculler Ondrej Synek has confirmed he will start a new four-year campaign designed to cap a stellar career with the Olympic Games gold medal he has yet to win.

Synek, 33, was considered to be the chief rival to New Zealand's Drysdale at the 2016 Rio Olympics last month but took the bronze medal behind defending gold medallist Drysdale and silver medallist Damir Martin of Croatia.

New Zealand's men's single scull gold medallist Mahe Drysdale, centre, with silver medallist Damir Martin of Croatia, ...
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New Zealand's men's single scull gold medallist Mahe Drysdale, centre, with silver medallist Damir Martin of Croatia, left, and Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

He added that bronze to the silver he gained at London 2012 behind Drysdale, and the silver collected at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when Norway's Olaf Tufte won gold and an ill Drysdale took bronze.

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Synek will have to overcome back problems that have plagued him recently - he said earlier this year he had a broken vertebrae and a missing disc.

Drysdale, who now has two gold and a bronze in the men's single scull at the Olympics, is taking a break after his Rio triumph before deciding if he wishes to chase a third consecutive gold in Tokyo aged 41.

     

 

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