7 Dec 2008

Drysdale not in best shape as beaten by Tufte

5:47 pm on 7 December 2008

The New Zealand sculler Mahe Drysdale admits he wasn't in the best shape as he came runnerup again to the man who beat him at the Olympics, in today's Billy Webb centenial row on the Whanganui river.

Norwegian Olaf Tufte won the 5km race by more than 3 boat lenghts from Drysdale with Hamish Bond third.

Drysdale says he was happy to be able to stand after the race, but admits physically he's a long way off his best and that didn't help today....

The race celebrated the 100th anniversary of famous Wanganui rowing son Billy Webb's world title defence on the River in 1908.