Mahe Drysdale: 'If I decide I've had enough then this
weekend will be my last hurrah.'
New Zealand Olympic rowing champion Mahe Drysdale admits
a friendly race down the Whanganui River this weekend could be
his last before he hangs up his oars.
Drysdale, who turned 34 last month, is seriously considering
retirement after struggling to find enthusiasm to get back in
a boat since his single sculls triumph at the London Olympics
The five-time world champion will decide by Christmas whether
to mount a campaign for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro or
move on with aspects of his life that have always played
"I'm not going to commit until I'm ready to commit for four
years," Drysdale told NZ Newswire.
"The only thing stopping me continuing at the moment is the
drive and the passion. I haven't found enough yet to get me
through to Rio."
Melbourne-born Drysdale said he had been in talks with
friends, family and Rowing New Zealand officials about his
The retirement of partner and long-serving New Zealand rower
Juliette Haigh over the weekend had given Drysdale even more
"I'm tossing up a lot of things at the moment and just really
trying to make a decision that I'll be happy with.
"I'm racing this weekend and that will be a good chance to
see whether I enjoy getting out there and competing again and
whether I'm prepared to push myself through the tough times.
"If I decide I've had enough then this weekend will be my
Drysdale will line up at the annual Billy Webb Challenge 5km
invitation race on Sunday alongside fellow-Olympic champions
Eric Murray, Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan.
Also in the field is Swede Lassi Karonen, who was fourth
behind Drysdale in London.