Rowing: Drysdale confirmed for Rio Olympics

Mahe Drysdale
Mahe Drysdale
Olympic gold medallist Mahe Drysdale will defend his single sculls title at the Rio Olympics after today announcing his intention to continue in the sport until 2016.

The 34-year-old will take a six-month sabbatical from rowing and will be back in the boat at Lake Karapiro for trials in July 2013, aiming to gain selection for the following month's World Championships in South Korea.

The sabbatical means Drysdale will miss the World Cup regattas earlier in the year, but it will provide a much-needed break from rowing before he begins to build on his success in London.