Mahe Drysdale via Getty
Mahe Drysdale via Getty

Kiwi Olympian Mahe Drysdale reflects on rowing career, NZ success in Tokyo

Sunday Cafe 03/08/2021

LISTEN: Three-time Olympic medallist Mahe Drysdale has celebrated New Zealand's rowers in Tokyo, in an interview with Magic Talk.

It was an historic day for New Zealand rowing on Friday, with Emma Twigg claiming gold in the women's singles sculls final and the women's eight securing a silver, while the New Zealand men's rowing eight won gold in their Olympic final..

The former Olympian told Magic Talk's Sunday Cafe host Mel Homer it was "very special" to witness our rowers win.

"It was incredible, actually," he said.

"It was nice to have all of the families together to celebrate."

Mahe Drysdale won gold at Rio 2016 and London 2012 and bronze at Beijing 2008.

Drysdale was born in Melbourne and lived in England until he was 11 years old. He took up rowing at 18 after having previously favoured canoe polo, at which he represented New Zealand.

In June 2021, Drysdale announced his retirement from international rowing.

He told Magic Talk that since retiring he hasn't thought about rowing at all.

"I'm realistic in that I've had a good run and it's great to share in the success of all those guys."

Listen to the full interview with Mahe Drysdale above.

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