In doing so they join a very small group of New Zealand’s elite sportspeople who have won back to back Olympic golds.
Peerless men’s pair Hamish Bond and Eric Murray have claimed back-to-back Olympic gold medals at the Rio Games.
The Kiwi pair, now undefeated in 69 consecutive races, pulled away over the second half of the course to claim New Zealand’s first rowing medal at Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon on Thursday (Friday NZ Time) and the country’s first gold medal in Rio. . .
Bond and Murray claimed gold in the same event at the London Olympics in 2012, setting a new world record in their heat and beating France by 4.46 seconds in the final. The pair also have six coxless pairs world championships, one coxed pairs world title and a coxless four gold.
Luuka Jones won silver in the women’s canoe slalom.
New Zealand is now 17th in the medal tally with one gold and three silver.