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Croatian & Kiwi Olympic Photo-Finish Rowers to Race Again

Croatian rower Damir Martin and New Zealand’s Mahe Drysdale are set for a rematch on the water in New Zealand next weekend.

The pair raced what has been called the most epic race in rowing history in the final of the Men’s single sculls at Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon at the Rio Olympics in August.

With times identical on the clock and after initially being called a tie, Martin was beaten in a photo-finish by defending Olympic champion Drysdale. The decision was keenly debated over the following days, with the Croatian Olympic Committee officially challenging the decision.

Martin on the podium collecting silver (photo credit: Reuters)

Martin on the podium collecting silver (photo credit: Reuters)

Martin had to settle for the silver medal on the day, but he will have another chance against his rival Drysdale on 11 December on the Whanganui River at the annual Billy Webb Challenge.

Damir Martin (photo credit: Rio2016)

Damir Martin (photo credit: Rio2016)

The 5km race will take place three months after their Rio meeting. Drysdale, who turns 38 this month, will be the defending champion in Whanganui.

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