Rowing: Former Olympic medallist Eric Verdonk dies after cancer battle

Eric Verdonk.
Eric Verdonk. Photo credit: Image: Photosport

Former New Zealand single sculler Eric Verdonk has died, aged 60, after a battle with cancer. 

Verdonk won bronze at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and went on to finish fourth four years later at Barcelona. 

His career saw him compete in two Olympics, five world rowing championships and the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games, where he claimed bronze in the single sculls. 

Earlier this year, the New Zealand Rowing Foundation awarded Verdonk with a legacy medal to celebrate his contribution to the sport.

Rowing NZ expressed its condolences to his family in a statement.