Hamish Bond claims third victory over Drysdale

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 15:14 09/02/2014

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Hamish Bond scored his third successive victory over Mahe Drysdale in Drysdale's specialist event at the North Island club championships at Lake Karapiro today.

In a thrilling duel, Bond pipped Drysdale by just 0.48 seconds this afternoon to win the premier men's single scull final.

Bond and Drysdale had previously met twice this summer in the single scull finals at the same venue, with Bond triumphing each time.

He headed home the defending Olympic champion at the Christmas Regatta in December after leading throughout and then had to sprint home to beat Drysdale by 2 1/2 seconds in the Cambridge Town Cup event late last month.

Bond, part of the unbeatable New Zealand men's pair crew with Eric Murray, said after his last win over Drysdale that he had no plans to switch full-time to the single scull, with a second consecutive Olympic gold at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games the long-term goal for Bond and Murray, who was third in today's final.

Bond's winning time in excellent conditions was six minutes 39.97 seconds, with Drysdale narrowing the gap from his past two defeats with a time of 6:40.45.

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