Rob Waddell continued a long line of outstanding New Zealand single scullers when he won world titles in 1998 and 1999, and capped his career with an Olympic gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Ever since the pioneering days of Billy Webb, Dick Arnst and Darcy Hadfield, New Zealand has produced sculling champions, including 1991 world lightweight women's champion Philippa Baker and Mahe Drysdale of a more recent generation, but it's doubtful if any were more dominant than Waddell.

At two metres tall, Waddell was an impressive physical specimen. It was another outstanding New Zealand single sculler, Eric Verdonk, who once said: “Rob just has a bigger engine than the rest of us.”

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