Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Top Five Rowing Moments of 2013, Part II: Bond and Murray—Peerless



The Kiwi Pair of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray are featured here quite a bit, and for good reason. While there's no shortage of records to their name, perhaps one of the most meaningful and long lasting will be the one that they set with their performance at the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju, where they eclipsed Ekaterina Karsten's number for most consecutive international victories—the tally so far? 16. Among those international wins are four world titles and an Olympic gold medal, and, based on their recent performances on the erg, they don't show any signs of slowing down.

The video above shows the duo shortly after their first international victory in the pair at the Munich world cup in 2009, on their way to winning the Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cup—a race that set up a would-be rivalry with GB's top oarsmen Andy Triggs Hodge and Pete Reed that lasted through the 2011 season. This year, Bond and Murray won the event at Henley for the third time, equalling the course record en route to victory.

Coming up tomorrow is our pick for the No. 3 rowing moment in 2013—keep it locked! And, in the meantime, let us know what you'd like to see more of here on RR in our reader poll.

-RR

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