Mahé and Robbie eying world cup finish

Mahé Drysdale, pictured at the Rowing NZ Elite team announcement last week, said the ultimate goal this year is to win in Lucerne and book a spot in the men’s single scull world champ race.

The largely Cambridge-based team of elite rowers set to represent New Zealand at this year’s World Cup and World Championship regattas was named last week at Karapiro following a five-day trial.

Mahé Drysdale and Robbie Manson were both named as competitors in the men’s single scull for the Lucerne world cup in July, the results of which will determine who races at the World Champs and ultimately the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“Obviously for me and Robbie the selection hasn’t happened yet, that’s still to come,” said Mahé, a four-time Olympian and 30-time world cup competitor. “So, for me now it’s just about going away and doing the work, and July 15th is D day.

“The next few months is very much about getting back into training, doing the hard work, obviously I’ve still got a lot of speed to find so it’s just get out and do the hard miles and then as we get closer to the world cups we try to come up a little bit more and find that top end speed.”

The full Rowing NZ Elite team is available at

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