New Zealand pair set rowing regatta world record

New Zealand pair Hamish Bond, Eric Murray set world best time at Olympic rowing regatta

Eric Murray and Hamish Bond of New Zealand smashed the world best time in the men's pair by nearly six seconds at the Olympic rowing regatta on Saturday.

They crossed the line in a time of 6 minutes, 8.50 seconds at Dorney Lake — easily surpassing the previous best time of 6:14.27 minutes posted by Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell of Britain in Seville in 2002.

Murray and Bond are the big favorites for the gold medal, having never lost since coming together after the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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