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​Mahe Drysdale triumphs at the Henley Royal Regatta

  • 09 Jul 18

In the Wyfold Challenge Cup, the Wairau Rowing Club crew had their progress cut short after a trans-Tasman tussle with Australia’s Upper Yarra Rowing Club. For Troy O’Reilly, Joshua Earl, Tufi Sele and Joseph Trappit, there was never more than a couple of lengths between the crews, but the Australians maintained the lead throughout, eventually taking the win.

After competing in one of the best races of the regatta against prestigious Oxford Brookes Rowing Club in the Visitor’s Challenge Cup, the Wairau, Petone and Waikato Rowing Club crew of James Hunter, Ian Seymour, Axel Dickinson and Drikus Conradie raced against the University of London in the semi-final, failing to progress to the final.

James Hunter, Ian Seymour, Axel Dickinson and Drikus Conradie

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Mahe Drsydale maintained an impressive form in his quarter final and progressed to the final after a comfortable win against USA. Aiming for a record equaling sixth win in the Diamond Challenge Cup, Drysdale made an impressively well timed break away from Norway, taking the win in 7:31 with a three length lead. Drysdale will now travel to Lucerne, Switzerland to compete in World Rowing Cup III this weekend.

Mahe Drysdale winning his quarter-final

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