28 Dec 2015

Sport 2015: Eric Murray, Hamish Bond

8:09 am on 28 December 2015

The New Zealand rowers Eric Murray and Hamish Bond again dominated the men's pair in 2015 as they build towards the ultimate goal of defending their Olympic crown next year in Rio.

Eric Murray (left) and Hamish Bond (right).

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Murray and Bond finished the 2015 season with 21 wins from major international races, including their sixth consecutive World Championship title.

The pair also picked up the World Best Time in the men's coxed pair in 2014 and have held onto the men's pair World Best Time after setting it in 2012.

Murray and Bond have not been beaten since 2009, winning 61 straight races and are eight time World Champions in total.

The duo have sent a stern warning to any rivals trying to usurp them at the top of the sport, declaring they're producing the fastest times of their already stellar career.

Murray and Bond spoke to sports reporter Joe Porter about their perfect year, their Olympic title defence and what keeps them motivated in a sport where they have nothing left to achieve:

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