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Golden run for men’s pair

  • 01 Aug 13

The highlight for the New Zealand rowing team at the 2013 World Rowing Championships was seeing the men’s pair victorious on the top of the medal podium. The pair delivered another dominating performance to earn the gold medal at the Tangeum International Rowing Regatta venue in Chungju, Korea. New Zealand also picked up a bronze medal in the women’s pair.

With the pairing of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray continuing their winning traditions they have achieved greatness – well and truly sealing their place in world rowing history. Dubbed as being untouchable, they now hold the record for the most consecutive international wins - they secured their sixteeth international win at the 2013 World Rowing Championships. The crew have not been toppled since coming together in 2009 in this boat class, they have won a total of four world championship men’s pair titles in 2009, 2010, 2011 and now in 2013, they won their first world championship in the coxless four. They hold the world best time of 6:08.50 which they set at the London Olympics. The Olympic and world champion pair are now aiming to keep themselves in the top-ranking position for another full Olympic cycle to Rio in 2016.

Bond and Murray put in a very smooth and slick looking performance on the Korean course today claiming the lead from the 500m mark. From that point on they continued to push off the other crews and finished with a nice stretch of clear water. The pair has come back stronger than ever before and remain an unbeatable duo. France placed second for the silver and the bronze went to the Netherlands. The New Zealand pair covered the course in a time of 6:34.98.

Murray on the world championship title said “We have set a standard of the most consistent crew ever and we are keen to maintain that. We back ourselves and our abilities, we have a good speed which is unsustainable for other crews to keep up with. It seems like they are slowing down and we are going faster, it is a real confidence builder through the middle part of the race.”

Bond on the win said “We are pleased how it turned out - it was probably our biggest world championship win. The headwind makes it long and hard race, but we back ourselves in all conditions. At the end of the day it was another year well done, with a new coach and a new approach and there are a few things we can do differently and a bit better next season.”

Bond and Murray won New Zealand’s second medal at the 2013 World Rowing Championships with another medal won earlier today by the women’s pair who took home the bronze.

The women’s pair of Kayla Pratt and Rebecca Scown began the medal haul for the New Zealand rowing team with a bronze, Great Britain finished first for gold, Romania took the silver. The New Zealanders had another slow start and were in the back bunch for the first half of the race. They took the race by the scruff of the neck and brought themselves back into contention through the halfway point. The kiwis managed to haul in the other crews to challenge for medals with the final sprint securing them a well-earned bronze medal.

Rebecca Scown, stroke of the pair was pleased with how the season has finished “We generally start slow, so during the race we have to work our way through the field, we have the confidence that we have the fitness and the ability to do that. We work really well together, and once we worked through the field we had a taste for the medals and we just had to go for it until we got to the line.”

Pratt who was new to the elite pair this year said “It was a tough race with tough competition but I really enjoyed the race. It was my first elite level final and to come away with a bronze medal is pretty awesome. It has been a great season with Rebecca in the pair, I have learnt a lot.”

Lucy Strack and Julia Edward put in a fantastic showing in the women’s lightweight double scull finishing up in fifth.

The New Zealand team have four more opportunities to feature on the podium on the last day of the world championships tomorrow, with finals in the men’s and women’s double sculls, the men’s lightweight four and the women’s single scull.

In the B final earlier in the day the women’s quadruple won in 6:54.61, and are ranked seventh in the world for 2013.

The 2013 World Rowing Championships regatta concludes tomorrow on Sunday 1 September 2013 at the Tangeum International Rowing Regatta venue, Chungju, Korea. The 2014 World Rowing Championships will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands from the 24 to 31 August 2014.

New Zealand Team – World Rowing Championships 2013

Women’s Single Scull

Emma Twigg (Auckland RPC, Hawkes Bay RC)

Coach: Gary Hay

Women’s Coxless Pair

Rebecca Scown (Central RPC, Union Wanganui RC)

Kayla Pratt (Auckland RPC, Auckland RC)

Coach: Gary Hay

Women’s Lightweight Single Scull

Louise Ayling (Central RPC, Waihopai RC)

Women’s Lightweight Double Scull

Julia Edward (Waikato RPC, Rotorua RC)

Lucy Strack (Southern RPC, North End RC)

Women’s Double Scull

Fiona Bourke (Southern RPC, Otago Uni RC)

Zoe Stevenson (Waikato RPC, Tauranga RC)

Women’s Quadruple Scull

Erin-Monique Shelton (Central RPC, Petone RC)

Genevieve Armstrong (Waikato RPC, Tauranga RC)

Georgia Perry (Waikato RPC, Waikato RC)

Sarah Gray (Waikato RPC, Waikato RC)

Women’s Eight

Kelsey Bevan (Auckland RPC, Counties Manukau RC)

Genevieve Behrent (Southern RPC, Waihopai RC)

Eve Macfarlane (Southern RPC, Canterbury RC)

Jessica Loe (Waikato RPC, Waikato RC)

Kerri Gowler (Central RPC, Aramoho Wanganui RC)

Grace Prendergast (Southern RPC, Avon RC)

Robyn Munro (Central RPC, Nelson RC)

Linda Matthews (Central RPC, Star BC)

Cox: Laura Campbell

Coach: Dick Tonks

Assistant Coach: Marion Horwell

Men’s Single Scull

Mahe Drysdale (Auckland RPC, West End RC)

Coach: Dick Tonks

Men’s Lightweight Single Scull

Duncan Grant (Central RPC, Wairau RC)

Coach: Calvin Ferguson

Men’s Double Scull

Robbie Manson (Central RPC, Wairau RC)

Michael Arms (Auckland RPC, Auckland Grammar RC)

Coach: Calvin Ferguson

Men’s Coxless Pair

Hamish Bond (Southern RPC, North End RC)

Eric Murray (Waikato RPC, Waikato RC)

Coach: Noel Donaldson

Men’s Coxless Four

Bobby Kells (Auckland RPC, North Shore RC)

Adam Tripp (Auckland RPC, Hawkes Bay RC)

Tobias Wehr-Candler (Waikato RPC, Wellington RC)

Jade Uru (Southern RPC, Waihopai RC)

Coach: Noel Donaldson

Men’s Quadruple Scull

Hayden Cohen (Southern RPC, Canterbury RC)

Nathan Flannery (Southern RPC, Union RC)

Fergus Fauvel (Southern RPC, Otago Uni RC)

Karl Manson (Central RPC, Blenheim RC)

Coach: Calvin Ferguson

Men’s Lightweight Coxless Four

Curtis Rapley (Waikato RPC, Tauranga RC)

Peter Taylor (Auckland RPC, Auckland RC)

James Hunter (Central RPC, Wellington RC)

James Lassche (Southern RPC, Avon RC)

Coach: Dave Thompson