Murray and Bond yet to fix on Rio

JONATHAN MCKEOWN
Last updated 12:00 10/11/2012

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The men's coxless pair of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray steer dead straight when on the water, but their bob and weave technique when committing to an Olympic title defence in Rio 2016 would be more suited to Murray's debut in the boxing ring.

The duo has not been defeated since they began racing as a pair internationally in 2009. They have won three consecutive World Rowing Championship gold medals in the coxless pairs, their efforts culminating at the London Olympics this year.

On Dorney Lake, near Windsor, Bond and Murray slashed the world record by six seconds, rowing 6min 08.5sec in their heats. They went on to claim the gold, with open water coming second.

Murray said the undefeated mantle will not go on the line in his Fight for Life boxing match against rugby league's smiling assassin, Manu "The Beast" Vatuvei next month.

When asked if the pair would risk it in on the water in four years, Murray pulled his punches.

"Yeah, most probably. We can see ourselves rowing through to Rio, in what capacity is yet to be fully decided.

"It would be lovely to go back and do a repeat. You have to find the motivating factors that are going to get us there at the end of the day."

Both men were members of the gold medal-winning coxless fours at the 2007 World Rowing Championships. Disappointment in that event at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 was the spur for success in 2012.

"Last time we were going for a bit of redemption from the last Olympics where we failed to get to where we thought we were capable of.

"This time we tried to fulfil our capabilities, and we did that. Now we have to see whether there is enough in the mind and the body to get through to another one," Murray said. "It is four years' work, it's not just one or two. It's the whole hog or nothing at all."

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- The Nelson Mail

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