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Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand on course to defend single sculls title at rowing worlds

Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand on course to defend single sculls title at rowing worlds

Mahe Drysdale cruised into the final of the single sculls Thursday and will defend his title against some familiar opposition at the rowing world championships.
The New Zealander won his semifinal heat by fending off a late charge from Marcel Hacker. By making the final, Drysdale also made sure of qualifying for next year's Beijing Olympics.
Drysdale is bidding for a third straight single sculls title.
He beat Hacker by more than two seconds, despite the German's attempt to come from behind.
Also advancing to the final was Olympic champion Olaf Tufte of Norway, who was second in his semifinal behind Alan Campbell of Britain.
Drysdale beat former champion Hacker for the title last year in Eton, England.
Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic, the bronze medalist last year and World Cup winner, was third in Drysdale's semifinal heat.
In the women's single sculls, defending champion Ekaterina Karsten-Khodotovitch of Belarus beat world record holder Rumyana Neykova of Bulgaria by more than a second in their semifinal, with Emma Twigg of New Zealand coming in third to also claim a spot at the Olympics.
New Zealand rowers dominated Thursday's semifinals with Nathan Twaddle and George Bridgewater winning their pairs heat to join reigning champions Drew Ginn and Duncan Free of Australia, winners of the other race.
Three-time champions and 2004 Olympic gold medalists Georgina and Caroline Evers-Swindell of New Zealand were more than four seconds behind China's Qin Li and Liang Tian in their women's double sculls semifinal.
Jean-Baptiste Macquet and Adrien Hardy of France, the men's doubles sculls defending champions, also advanced to the final by winning their heat.


Updated : 2020-12-05 05:21 GMT+08:00