Eric Murray, Hamish Bond never tire of winning
JONATHAN MILLMOW IN LONDON
How do you stop a steam train? That train is Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, who blitzed their Olympics rowing rivals again yesterday.
The New Zealand pair went 40 seconds slower than their world record in the heats but don't be alarmed – they were rowing into a head wind at the Eton Dorney course.
In their wake by six seconds yesterday were Italy and Canada, with the latter not keen to discuss Bond and Murray's invincibility.
"We know they are there, but we are focused on ourselves," Canada's David Calder said.
Bond and Murray say they don't tire of winning. They are unbeaten for four years and should keep it that way in tomorrow night's (NZ time) final.
"We've never been beaten, so I guess you could say the limit of our capabilities is, as yet, untapped," Bond said.
"We just want to go out and express ourselves in a couple of days and try to put into action all the things we've done in the last four years."
Murray is the bigger of the two, with characteristic sideburns.
He knows they have the field covered, but refuses to get too far ahead of himself.
"All the other crews don't know they can beat us because they haven't beaten us in the past, whereas we've beaten every crew we've come up against, so we can be confident in our abilities.
"So come Friday we think we're really capable of going out there and winning, so we've just got to do it.
"Everyone ultimately wants to win, they're all going to be trying to beat us and we're going to be trying to beat them."
Single sculler Mahe Drysdale rates the pair as the most dominant crew he has seen, but says there are no certainties in sport and thinks back three days to the women's quad, who snapped an oar in their repechage.
"It is another reminder to us anything can happen," Drysdale said.
"You can say me and the men's pair are a shoo in, but you can drop an oar as well and fall out. It is one of those things that can happen."