Olympic row­ing great dies


Leg­endary Kiwi rower Dud­ley Storey has died aged 77.

Storey, who won gold in the four at the 1968 Mex­ico City Olympics and sil­ver in the cox­less four at Mu­nich in 1972, was re­cently di­ag­nosed with Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease.

His son, Dud­ley ju­nior, con­firmed the news on Twit­ter on Mon­day, writ­ing: ‘‘My fa­ther, Dud­ley Storey se­nior. Olympic gold medal­ist. Strong­est man I’ve ever known. Died to­day, age 77’’.

Af­ter re­tir­ing from the sport, Storey be­came the na­tional row­ing coach from 1982 to 1986 and man­aged the coun­try’s row­ing teams at the Olympics in Los An­ge­les in 1984 and the Com­mon­wealth Games in Ed­in­burgh in 1986.

In 1983, Storey was ap­pointed an Of­fi­cer of the Or­der of the Bri­tish Em­pire for ser­vices to row­ing.

The 1968 crew were in­ducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1990, but as Storey re­called in an in­ter­view be­fore the 2000 Olympics in Syd­ney, the four - which in­cluded Dick Joyce, Ross Collinge, War­ren Cole and Si­mon Dickie as cox - was orig­i­nally put to­gether as a pool of standby row­ers to fill in should some­one fall ill in the eight at the Mex­ico Games.

But Storey said they soon had a feel­ing they were good enough to win a medal in Mex­ico and didn’t want the tag of be­ing spare parts to the top crew.

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