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Drysdale, Twigg beaten in Philadelphia

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/10/2016

Mahe Drysdale. © Getty Images Mahe Drysdale. New Zealand's premier single scullers have both been beaten at a sprint distance rowing regatta in Philadelphia.

Mahe Drysdale was shut out in the men's Gold Cup race won by Damir Martin, the Croatian bouncing back from their epic finish at the Rio Olympics when the Kiwi was declared champion following a photo finish.

Drysdale could only manage fourth in a four-man field who raced a 750m on the Schuylkill River.

<span style="font-size:13px;">Emma Twigg.</span> © Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images Emma Twigg. Emma Twigg also missed out on the $US10,000 first prize on offer in the women's race, finishing second to Australian Olympic champion Kim Brennan.

The international future of both Kiwis is uncertain.

Twigg announced her international retirement after missing out on a medal in Rio but Rowing NZ officials want to talk her out of it.

Two-time Olympic champion Drysdale, 37, is yet to make a decision about his future but has said he will stay away from his Lake Karapiro training venue until at least the arrival of his second child in early January.

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