Two-time Olympics gold medal-winning rower Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand introduced his retirement on Thursday, admitting “time has beaten me” after failing to make the group for the Tokyo Games.
Drysdale, 42, has competed at 4 Olympics, starting in Athens in 2004, gathering three medals together with back-to-back golds within the single sculls in London and Rio.
He additionally received 5 World championships and was New Zealand’s flag-bearer on the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Games.
“It has been one hell of a ride!” he mentioned in an announcement. “While you always dream of ending it with a fairytale, time has beaten me on this occasion.”
New Zealand Olympic Committee chief government Kereyn Smith mentioned Drysdale had impressed numerous Kiwis over the yr.
“For the last two decades he’s been at the forefront of rowing and has shown time and time again what an amazing competitor he is,” she mentioned.