The New Zealand Olympic bronze medalist Mahe Drysdale will have his first competitive row this weekend following his dramatic efforts in Beijing.
Drysdale is competely over the lurgy that felled him at the Olympics and will compete in the Head of the Charles regatta in Boston.
The 4.8km event started 43 years ago, and this year competitors from 19 countries will be taking part.... 300 thousand spectators will be watching the race along the banks of the Charles River.
Drysdale's main competition could come from team-mate Nathan Cohen who finished second last year.
Also competing are 2 other New Zealand Olympians Emma Twigg and Juliette Haigh and under-23 World Champion Joseph Sullivan.