Tokyo Olympics 2020: Kiwi men's rowing crews under fire as Games loom

Two of New Zealand's greatest ever rowers - Mahe Drysdale and Hamish Bond - are facing difficult decisions around their future, after the men's eight missed out on Olympic Qualification at the world champs in Austria.

The drama came on a thrilling final day which saw the women's eight with a gold medal-winning effort to make history by booking a spot at the Tokyo games.

"We couldn't have planned it better," said crew member Grace Prendergast. "We're thrilled with how it came out."

The success of the podium-topping Kiwi women provided a lone bright spot among the glaring failure of their male counterparts, who were unable to secure Olympic qualification.

It could mean a shake up of some of the other male crews, with Rowing New Zealand yet to decide whether to give the eight a second chance at Tokyo.

If it's a no, the likes of double Olympic gold medallist Drysdale and Bond could be forced to look elsewhere.

Bond's former cohort Eric Murray expects the competition to hot up with only three men's boats qualified so far.

"I've been there myself in a position where you have a whole group of people," Murray told newshub. "And you're just fighting it out to get into that Olympic spot."

Single sculler Robbie Manson might be nervous, despite snatching Olympic qualification in the 'B' final.

"Quite a few people could be in the single spot. Both Mahe, Robbie, and Hamish are very good scullers," Murray added.

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