Watch Out on Dorney Lake
New Zealand rowing pair Hamish Bond and Eric Murray are not fully satisfied heading into the London Olympics. Murray says they’ve produced some fast races “but I don’t think we have showed how fast we can actually be.” For their rivals at Dorney Lake, that’s a scary thought. The “kiwipair,” as they are known on Twitter, lead arguably New Zealand’s finest ever squad of rowers into the London Games. None seem to be more talented, or dominant, as Bond and Murray. “I think we have surpassed all our expectations,” Murray said. “But we’re not quite there yet.” Update: nearly there. Bond and Murray have now set a new men’s pairs rowing world record in their London Olympic heats, which takes them into the semi-final. They timed 6min 8.50sec on the first day of competition, almost six seconds quicker than the 10-year-old record set at the 2002 world championships.