It was a huge relief when 5 time world champion Mahe Drysdale crossed the line and made New Zealand history.
Many New Zealand supporters waited for this much anticipated race hoping to witness Mahe Drysdale become successful in the men’s single scull.
During the previous Olympics Mahe Drysdale was denied a gold medal through illness. So for the last four years he has been training to become even better. His goal was to make sure he won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics.
It was the last 100 meter during the final of the men’s single scull when it became a nail biting race as Mahe Drysdale gave it his all to hold off his challengers, Ondrej Synek of Czech and Alan Campbell from Great Britain.
After Mahe Drysdales awesome race he crawled out of his boat and just collapsed on the pontoon completely shattered, but feeling elated at the same time because he had just won himself an Olympic gold medal.
I have just been lucky enough to witness a NZ history being made when Mahe Drysdale completed his race with a gold medal, it will be a moment that will never be forgotten.