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Drysdale added to world champs squad

ANTHONY MOMOEMAUSU
Last updated 12:01 26/07/2013
Fairfax NZ

Mahe Drysdale has returned from his six-month sabbatical and secured a spot in the New Zealand team for the World Championships.

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Double Olympic medalist Mahe Drysdale will be joining the New Zealand Rowing team for the world championships next month.

Returning from a six month sabbatical Drysdale completed a time trial on Lake Karapiro this morning proving to selectors - Richard Tonks, Barrie Mabbott and Conrad Robertson - that he was good to go.  

Drysdale said he was relatively pleased with how his trial went and even more excited to be competing at the world champs held in Chungju, South Korea from August 25-September 1.  

"There was no certainty I was going to make it back so to actually do that is great, Drysdale said.   

"But this is obviously only a very small step, I've still got to improve and hopefully be competitive at the world champs and keep working hard to hopefully be out in front by the end of next year."    

Despite the conditions the five-time single scull world champion believed it was a reasonable race but will hoping to start building towards the world champs.

"I had a pretty good race, obviously I want more speed but it's starting to get more consistent," Drysdale said.  

"To be able to go out there on a day that I was told to perform and have a fairly solid race is a big boost because obviously that's exactly what I've got to do at world champs in four weeks time."  

Drysdale joins the team of 38 rowers in 13 crews that were named earlier this week.

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