9 Oct 2012

Eric Murray commits to Rio 2016, Drysdale remains coy

11:49 am on 9 October 2012

New Zealand's gold medal rower Eric Murray has confirmed he's committed to returning to representing his country at the 2016 Rio Olympics and hasn't ruled out the possibility of a men's eight.

Eric Murray won gold in the men's pair with partner Hamish Bond in emphatic fashion at this year's London Olympics.

Rowing was New Zealand's strongest sport - picking up 5 medals at London's Eton Dorney.

Murray says the motivation is high at the moment and he's keen to don the silver fern again in four years - most likely back in the men's pair.

Murray says although the talent pool is available for an eight, New Zealand rowing will only commit if the team has a good shot at a medal.

Meanwhile, Mahe Drysdale says he's leaning towards making a return to the lake to represent his country at the Rio Olympics but he's yet make a final decision.

Drysdale claimed his first gold medal in the sport at this year's Olympic Games in London, where New Zealand's rowers claimed a total of 5 medals at Eton Dorney.

He admits the decision will come down to whether his body can handle it mentally and physically.