Unconfirmed Rumour – Kiwi Pair to double up at Worlds

It’s being discussed quietly in New Zealand that the dominant New Zealand mens pair of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray will double up and race two

Bond and Murray rowing New Zealand
Hamish Bond and Eric Murray, NZL mens rowing pair [photo credit: http://mssteamt.blogspot.co.nz/]
events at the World Championships in Amsterdam taking on both the coxed and coxless pairs events.

The challenge for coaches will be on the race scheduling – since the Worlds has moved from 2 days of finals to 4 there’s the chance they won’t have to race both events on the same day – which Pinsent and Cracknell did have to do.

Race timing is key

The provisional programme for Amsterdam has 2+ final on Friday 29th August and 2- final on Saturday 30th August.  So not the same challenge Pinsent and Cracknell faced with two races on one day.

It’s been done before

The last time this happened was with Matt Pinsent and James Cracknell who won both at Luzern in 2001.  Famously, Steve Redgrave three times failed to achieve the “double”.

Geoffrey Page, writing in 2001, helpfully summarised Redgrave’s track record

While winning the coxless pairs with Andy Holmes in Copenhagen in 1987 and at the Seoul Olympics in 1988, Redgrave managed only silver in the coxed pairs in Denmark and the bronze in Korea. He finished second in the coxless pairs and fifth in the coxed with Simon Berrisford at Bled in 1989.

Helpfully, the Luzern 2001 race allowed the Rowperfect inventor, Cas Rekers, to re-verify the software algorithm comparing different boat classes. When you have two world-class athletes racing on flat water within a few hours those races are directly comparable.

8 thoughts on “Unconfirmed Rumour – Kiwi Pair to double up at Worlds

  1. Anon says:

    They could win the 2-, 2+, 2x and 4- with the next 2 best sweepers in the country. They would also both be in the A final for the 1x and Hamish would be on the podium. These 2 are incredible and head and shoulders above the rest of the world of rowing with their versatility across the boat classes. If there was a competition to see who is the best rower across all boat classes Hamish would be #1 and Eric #2

      • Anon says:

        Did you not see how horrendously dominant they were over the top British 2- last cycle? That includes Triggs-Hodge and beating Nash at the Olympics by 5 sec also. Would be a good race but you’re looking at 1 regatta which didn’t even include the Australians just a 4th place crew from last worlds and a underperforming Netherlands 4-. To say they have ‘NO CHANCE’ when they are undefeated in any race (heat, semi, final, henley etc) in 6 years is just ignorant.

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