8 Dec 2008

Tufte wants to come back and race here again

8:22 am on 8 December 2008

Double Olympic sculling champion Olaf Tufte says he'd love to come back and race on the Whanganui river.

Tufte again triumphed over New Zealand's world champion Mahe Drysdale, beating him by more than three boat lengths in yesterday's Billy Webb centennial row.

The Norwegian wasn't expecting much ahead of the event, but once he arrived he realised how much it meant.

He says it's the closest he's been to to the Olympics and one of the best events he's ever been in.

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