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Drysdale and men's pair in line for award

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/11/2016
<span style="font-size:13px;">Mahe Drysdale is up against Kiwi compatriots Hamish Bond and Eric Murray as World Rowing announces the finalists for its 2016 awards.</span> © Getty Mahe Drysdale is up against Kiwi compatriots Hamish Bond and Eric Murray as World Rowing announces the finalists for its 2016 awards.

New Zealand's two gold-medal winning crews at the Rio Olympics are finalists to be crowned World Rowing award winners.

Single sculler Mahe Drysdale and men's pair Eric Murray and Hamish Bond are among five nominations in the male crew of the year category after both defended their Olympic titles in contrasting fashion in August.

Drysdale dramatically pipped Croation Damir Martin while Bond and Murray outclassed their rivals to maintain a seven-year unbeaten run.

The pair have won the men's gong three times previously, in 2011, 2013 and 2014, while Drysdale was the winner in 2009.

The other men's nominees are also Olympic champions - the Croatian double sculls, French lightweight double sculls and Swiss lightweight four.

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