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Rob Waddell at the Sydney Olympics, 2000

Rob Waddell at the Sydney Olympics, 2000

Rob Waddell displays his extraordinary strength on the way to winning the gold medal in the single sculls at the Sydney Olympics. Waddell had represented New Zealand in pairs and fours from 1994, but it was not until he moved to the single sculls that he began to show his potential. He won the world championship single sculls in 1998 and 1999, and at Sydney won the final by over 1.5 seconds in the very fast time of 6 minutes 48.9 seconds. Waddell returned from retirement in 2008 to challenge Mahé Drysdale for New Zealand's single sculls entry at the Beijing Olympics. The two raced fiercely before a recurrence of Waddell's heart ailment saw him lose the deciding race.

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David Green, 'Rowing - International rowing, 1990s to 2017', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 March 2023)

Story by David Green, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 19 Sep 2016