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NZ rowers shut out at world awards

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/12/2016

New Zealand's Rio Olympic champion rowers have been shut out of World Rowing's top annual award by a Croatian combination.

Single sculler Mahe Drysdale and men's pair Eric Murray and Hamish Bond were among five finalists for the men's male crew of the year award after both repeated their 2012 Olympic-winning deeds in Rio four months ago.

However, the judges plumped for Croatian brothers Martin Sinkovic and Valent Sinkovic, who were crowned double sculls champions in Rio.

Drysdale dramatically pipped Croation Damir Martin to clinch his second straight gold 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.

Noel Donaldson, who coached Bond and Murray and the men's eight, was a finalist for coach of the year but that award went to South African Roger Barrow.

Polish Olympic champions Magdalena Fularczyk-Kozlowska and Natalia Madaj were named women's crew of the year.

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