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Manson has eyes on single sculls seat

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/01/2017

Robbie Manson has taken another step towards representing New Zealand in the single sculls after winning the North Island Championship at Lake Karapiro.

The 27-year-old backed up his performance at the pre-Christmas regatta with another win over arch-rival John Storey on Monday ahead of the rowing nationals at Lake Ruataniwha in Twizel next month.

However, Manson who won a bronze medal with Chris Harris in the men's double scull at the world championships in France in 2015, isn't taking anything for granted.

"I'm just taking it one regatta at a time.

"I haven't won the singles at nationals before so that's my big goal at the moment so I just want to focus on that and get the job done.

"I'm going as good as I ever have so hopefully if I keep doing what I'm doing it will pay off as it would be a dream come true to race in the single this year" he said.

The absence of Mahe Drysdale has opened up an opportunity for another rower to step up after the double Olympic gold medallist decided to take a sabbatical in preparation for the Tokyo Games in 2020.

Manson and Storey are the favourites to take over the boat for New Zealand with men's pair Hamish Bond and Eric Murray also taking a year off from the sport.

"Some of the big names are missing this year but we are still really competitive.

"John and I have trained and raced for the last 5-6 years so we have a pretty fierce rivalry and we always get the best out of each other.

"Whoever gets the job has pretty big shoes to fill. I just want to do the best I can in whatever boat I'm in so hopefully it's the single," Manson said.

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