Mahe DRYSDALE

New Zealand NZL

Rowing

  • Olympic Medals
    2 G
    1 B
  • Games participations
    4
  • First Olympic Games
    Athens 2004
  • Year of Birth
    1978
Olympic Results

Biography

Mahe DRYSDALE

A five-time world champion and Olympic gold medallist in 2012, single sculls specialist Mahé Drysdale went on to retain his Olympic crown at the age of 37, on the Rio 2016 rowing lake. And he has no intention of stopping there!

Inspired by Waddell

Mahé Drysdale (NZL), named after the largest island of the Seychelles, took up rowing during the 1990s, excelling at canoe polo to such a degree that he represented New Zealand at various youth levels. He then took a break from competing to pursue his studies, but was lured back to the water after witnessing the Olympic victory of his compatriot, Rob Waddell, in the single sculls at Sydney 2000.

“He’s the reason I got back into rowing,” he says of Waddell. “Watching him win convinced me that maybe I should have another go at it.” As part of a coxless four, Drysdale made his FISA World Cup debut in 2002 and then finished fifth at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Global domination

Following in the footsteps of his role model, the Melbourne-born rower decided to focus on the single skulls, putting his ideal physique, faultless technique and formidable endurance to good use. These aptitudes proved crucial to his securing a first-ever FISA World Championship gold medal in Gifu (JPN) in 2005, and then winning two further world titles in Eton (GBR) in 2006 and in Munich (GER) in 2007.

Olympic Results

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Rio 2016

G
Single Sculls
Single Sculls Rowing
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London 2012

G
Single Sculls
Single Sculls Rowing
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Beijing 2008

B
Single Sculls
Single Sculls Rowing
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Athens 2004

#5
Coxless Fours
Coxless Fours Rowing