New Zealand’s Hamish Bond and Eric Murray win gold in the men’s pairs, Olympic Rowing at the Rio Olympics Games 2016. Photo / Photosport
New Zealand got back on track today with our first gold medal via the indomitable rowing pair of Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, a surprise silver from canoe slalom paddler Luuka Jones and our world champion men’s cycling sprint team being edged into silver by Great Britain in the final.
But it was always going to be this Saturday – or “Famous Friday” as it might be called in Brazil, taking into account the time difference – earmarked as potentially our most fertile day for medals.
At the forefront of the charge will be Valerie Adams, chasing her third consecutive gold in the shot put.
But rower Mahe Drysdale will attempt to get New Zealand off to a flyer just after midnight with the semifinals of the single sculls. He should progress to the final and a chance of a successful defence of his London Olympic Games crown about 24 hours later.
Drysdale’s semi will be followed soon after by Emma Twigg in the women’s singles semifinals.