24 Aug 2013

Drysdale dismisses prospect of retaining world title

7:18 am on 24 August 2013

The world and Olympic rowing champion Mahe Drysdale is dismissing any suggestion he's a serious contender to retain his world title, when the world rowing champs begin in South Korea this weekend.

Drysdale had a year off after his success at the London Games and had to prove to selectors he was worthy of a place in Seoul by coming through a time trial last month.

He says he's in good shape despite coming off his bike in a training accident earlier this week any expectation he'll win a sixth single sculls world title is unrealistic.

Drysdale says two-time Olympic silver medallist Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic has been in good form and he expects him to be the leading title contender.

Drysdale's first race is on Sunday.