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Drysdale wins single sculls in photo finish

Reuters logo Reuters 13/08/2016
Gold medallist New Zealand's Mahe Drysdale (R) shows his gold medal after the podium of the Men's Single Sculls final rowing competition at the Lagoa stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016. © AFP Gold medallist New Zealand's Mahe Drysdale (R) shows his gold medal after the podium of the Men's Single Sculls final rowing competition at the Lagoa stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016.

Defending champion Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand beat Croatia's Damir Martin in a photo-finish to win gold in the men's single sculls at the Olympic rowing regatta on Saturday.

The race had been billed as a showdown between the Kiwi and his arch-rival Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic, who took the bronze medal.

Martin took an early lead chased by Drysdale and Synek but the New Zealander moved ahead in the last section. He looked to pull away but with a last lunge the Croatian shot forward.

The gold went to Drysdale by a margin of 5,000ths of a second.

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