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The Golden Hour

  • 04 Aug 12

Men's Pair Hamish Bond and Eric Murray and single sculler Mahé Drysdale delivered when it mattered most for New Zealand and won gold medals in the greatest single hour ever for the New Zealand rowing team.

Bond and Murray took the emphatic win they had been threatening for the last four years, dominating the race after the fast-starting French faded in the second 500 metres and racing away in tough conditions to a time - 6 minutes 16 seconds - just two seconds slower than the old World Best they smashed earlier in the regatta. France took the silver and Britain the bronze.

Drysdale followed up New Zealand's second gold medal of the regatta with his greatest ever row, leaving nothing on the water and fending off repeated challenges during the last 750 metres from arch rival Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic. He came home less than a length ahead and completely spent, but finally having laid to rest the ghosts of 2008. Britain's Alan Campbell was third.

New Zealand - now with three current world and Olympic champion boats - was catapulted to the top of the Regatta medal table after the two wins.

Anna Reymer and Fi Paterson finished fifth after a brave effort in their final to stay with leaders Great Britain and Australia, whilst the men's quad ended their regatta well with a B final win.