14 Aug 2008

Drysdale says he had a fridge in his boat

10:15 am on 14 August 2008

The world champion single sculler Mahe Drysdale only just managed to hold on for third to sneak into Saturday's medal race as the effects of a stomach bug hit.

While he felt okay for the first part of his semi-final, Drysdale says the last part didn't go so well, and it felt like someone had put a fridge in his boat.

He says he felt his Olympic dream might have been over and is just relieved to make the medal race.

However Drysdale says if he can hold his own in the first 1500 feeling like he was, he's now even more confident for Saturday, when he hopes to be back to full fitness.