'There's been some dark days'

Joseph Sullivan

Olympic champion rower Joseph Sullivan opens up about his decision to quit the sport before Rio 2016.

Drysdale hints at Rio tilt

Mahe Drysdale

IAN ANDERSON - Waikato Times

Olympic champion Mahe Drysdale says he is thinking about Rio Olympics all the time.

Taylor takes bronze to school

Peter Taylor

SAM WORTHINGTON - The Dominion Post

Olympic bronze medallist Peter Taylor was centre of attention as he showed off his prized possession at his old school, Wellesley College.

Rowers dump on Ostapchuk

Hamish Bond

New Zealand's triumphant Olympic rowers express scorn over Valerie Adams' Games dramas. | Adams' gold rush | Olympians hope to inspire

Games spirit rises above jingoism

Mahe Drysdale

OPINION: What has been your moment of the Olympic Games so far? It is very hard to choose, but as a Brit I am going to go for Mahe Drysdale's gold medal.

Will rowers go four more years?


The rock stars of NZ's rowing squad will have one nagging thought in the back of their minds - can I do this for another four years?

German rower denies far-right ties

Nadja Drygalla

A German rower who quit the Olympic village last week has denied having far-right views and has said she helped to persuade her boyfriend to change his ways months ago.

Gold medallists to travel in style



Every gold medal winner from New Zealand's record-breaking Olympic rowing squad has been handed the keys to a brand new car.

Uru sees bright side of bronze

Peter Taylor and Storm Uru

It's fair to say that Storm Uru is a glass half-full guy.

Lightweight duo celebrate bronze

Peter Taylor and Storm Uru

The buzz around Eton Dorney was that the British were lucky to get a re-row, though New Zealand's bronze medallists had no complaints.

Families lap up 'Golden Hour'

Eric Murray

Young Zac Murray took one look at dad's Olympic Games gold medal and tried to feed it to his father.

It's raining medals for Kiwis

Rowing world honours the 'Rare Kiwi Pair'

Eric Murray

In a golden hour for New Zealand not seen since Rome in 1960, when Peter Snell and Murray Halberg both won gold, our rowers left the world in their wake.

Bronze for double

Peter Taylor and Storm Uru

Peter Taylor and Storm Uru have claimed NZ's fifth rowing medal, taking third in the men's lightweight double sculls.

Drysdale may yet go to Rio

Mahe Drysdale


Kiwi rowing legend Mahe Drysdale may defend his Olympic title in Rio - but not before dipping his oar into some different sporting waters.

Cash carrots thin on the ground

Hamish Bond, Mahe Drysdale and Eric Murray


As NZ's Olympic rowing heroes ponder their futures, top officials have warned it is going to be difficult to wave pay rises under their noses.

Shades of Halberg in medal win

Mahe Drysdale

On the day he matched Murray Halberg's feat, Olympic rowing champion Mahe Drysdale drew on the master athlete's mantra.

Triumphant NZ rowers hail Tonks

Rowing New Zealand's head coach Dick Tonks

Three great rowers are hailing one great coach as the sport basks in its greatest hour.

Rower leaves amid neo-Nazi claims

Nadja Drygalla

German rower Nadja Drygalla left the Olympic village on Friday following reports that her boyfriend was a far-right extremist.

Australian rower sent home

DETAINED: Australian rower Josh Booth.

Josh Booth has been kicked out of the London Olympics after a drunken rampage.

Mahe turns nerves into glory

Mahe Drysdale

Mahe Drysdale was so nervous before his final he couldn't hold down his breakfast.

Mission accomplished for pair

Hamish Bond and Eric Murray

With gold in the bag, it's time to put the feet up for Olympic champions Hamish Bond and Eric Murray.

Bond, Murray climb their Everest

Bond and Murray

What did Eric Murray and Hamish Bond say when they crossed the line as Olympic rowing pairs champions last night?

From Picton to Olympic champ

Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan

The pride of Picton Joseph Sullivan was oblivious to the fact he had rowed himself to an Olympic gold medal.

Letter provides golden inspiration

Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan

Nathan Cohen has revealed the inspiration behind he and Joseph Sullivan's sterling last to first row for gold at the Olympic Games.

Drysdale chokes back the tears

Mahe Drysdale

Mahe Drysdale was choking back the tears after winning the Olympic single sculls gold medal. | Opinion: Finest moment in 50 years

NZ's finest moment in 50 years

Bond and Murray

OPINION: Hamish Bond, Eric Murray and Magnificent Mahe Drysdale have done us proud.

Waddell inspires Kiwis to gold

Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan

Twelve years ago in Sydney Rob Waddell inspired a couple of pups from the South Island to take their rowing seriously.

Finishing power wins gold

Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan

Dwarfed in stature by the Italian and Slovenians, it was mental toughness and physical grit that won Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan gold.

Kiwi pair favourites for gold

Eric Murray and Hamish Bond


Kiwi rowing pair Eric Murray and Hamish Bond could set the scene for a historic night for Kiwi sport at Dorney Lake tonight.

US storm to women's eight title

Team USA

The United States powered to gold in the women's eight rowing final, holding off fierce rivals Canada to win the flagship event and maintain their stunning six-year winning streak.

Golden hour for Kiwi rowers

Eric Murray and Hamish Bond

The men's pair of Eric Murray and Hamish Bond and single-sculler Mahe Drysdale have won gold medals in a memorable golden hour.

'Yip', 'go' and rowing gold

Nathan Cohen and  Joseph Sulliva

Our first gold medallists of these Olympics believe it was composure and belief that enabled them to unleash their finishing sprint.

Kiwi rowers claim Olympic gold

Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan

Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan claimed New Zealand's first gold medal of the London Olympics.

Twigg makes single sculls final

Emma Twigg

New Zealand's Emma Twigg has eased into the final of the Olympic women's single sculls with a third placing in her semifinal at Eton Dorney tonight.

Uru and Taylor into final

Storm Uru and Peter Taylor

Storm Uru and his lightweight double sculls partner Peter Taylor will row for gold on Saturday along with women's single sculler Emma Twigg.

Medal pressure on Mahe

Juliette Haigh and Mahe Drysdale.

Mahe Drysdale was already feeling the heat, but now his partner has a bronze under her belt there's extra pressure on him.

Crew confident for final

Eric Murray and Hamish Bond

How do you stop a steam train? That train is Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, who blitzed their Olympics rowing rivals again yesterday.

Pair storm to Britain's first gold

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning

Britain's Helen Glover and Heather Stanning stormed to victory in the women's Olympic rowing pair to give the host nation their first gold.

Bronze medal pair fight to end

Rebecca Scown and Juliette Haigh

Juliette Haigh's arms had seized up. She and partner Rebecca Scown had sprinted out of the blocks and were now running on empty.

Drysdale and men's pair into finals

Hamish Bond and Eric Murray

New Zealand's pair of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray and single sculler Mahe Drysdale have qualified for the finals of their respective events.

Kiwi quad scull eliminated

NZ quad sculls

The New Zealand men's quad scull has missed out on a spot in the Olympic final after a battling semifinal effort at Eton Dorney today.

Semis 'horrible place to be'

Mahe Drysdale

Veteran Kiwi single-sculler Mahe Drysdale understands now that his real Olympic regatta is only just beginning.

Scullers do it the hard way

Cohen and Sullivan

Their finish is beyond reproach. It's just the first three-quarters of the race that Kiwi double scullers Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan have to take care of.

Kiwi pair must find extra gear

Juliette Haigh and Rebecca Scown

Fairfax Media

NZ's rowing rock stars get their first crack at a medal but unless Juliette Haigh and Rebecca Scown can find an extra gear it shapes as a long shot.

NZ double scullers into final

Cohen and Sullivan

Fast-finishing Kiwi double scullers Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan have finished second in their semifinal to qualify for the final.

Mahe ready for tough semifinal

Mahe Drysdale

Mahe Drysdale says he's ready to race his semifinal as though the gold medal is on the line. | Double sculls power on | Pair chase gold

Form dip in the past for scullers

Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan

Double-scullers Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan have rediscovered their mojo and look a hot prospect to advance to a Thursday final.

Bad luck strikes Kiwi quad

NZ women's quadruple sculls

Louise Trappitt broke down in tears as she reflected on a snapped oar that cost the New Zealand women's quad crew a place in the final.

Smoke on water from NZ pair

Hamish Bond and Eric Murray


For the past four years the legend of the Kiwi pair has been building incrementally.

NZ rowing effort cools down

Peter Taylor Storm Uru

Both of New Zealand's defeated lightweight double sculls had their eyes on the long game following their heats at the Olympic regatta.