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.