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Drysdale and Martin to joust in Whanganui

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/11/2016
Mahe Drysdale glances across at Damir Martin of Croatia who he beat in a photo finish for gold on day eight. © Reuters Mahe Drysdale glances across at Damir Martin of Croatia who he beat in a photo finish for gold on day eight.

New Zealand rowing great Mahe Drysdale and Croatian Damir Martin will lock horns in Whanganui three months after their epic Olympic final duel.

Double Olympic single sculls champion Drysdale and Martin will clash at the annual Billy Webb Challenge on the Whanganui River on December 11.

The 5km race falls three months after Drysdale defended his Olympic title in a nerve-jangling battle for gold in Rio.

A late burst from 28-year-old Martin gave the European champion the lead before veteran Drysdale claimed victory over the closing strokes, winning in a photo finish.

Drysdale, who turns 38 this month, won in Whanganui last year.

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