Rowing: Manson beats Drysdale to first blood at Christmas Regatta

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NZ Newswire,
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Sport News,
Publish Date
Sunday, 17 December 2017, 1:13PM
Mahe Drysdale is seeking to qualify for another Oylmpic games in Tokyo
Mahe Drysdale is seeking to qualify for another Oylmpic games in Tokyo

Robbie Manson has emphatically drawn first blood in his battle with Mahe Drysdale for the New Zealand single sculls rowing berth next year.

Manson, coming off a disappointing campaign at the world championships in October, won a power-packed final at the Christmas Regatta on Lake Karapiro on Sunday.

The 28-year-old did enough to hold out second-placed John Storey and Chris Harris, who are the double sculls world champions.

Manson, who set a world's best time this year, won in a sharp time of 6 minutes 38.24 seconds, belying his two months away from racing and the injury problems that had previously plagued him.

Double Olympic champion Drysdale was sixth in the eight-man final, more than 14 seconds behind Manson.

Drysdale, 39, took more than a year's break following his gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and is bidding to be New Zealand's singles representative again at Tokyo in 2020.

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