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Bronze for NZ women's pair

Published: 10:18PM Wednesday August 01, 2012 Source: ONE Sport/AAP

  • Hamish Bond and Eric Murray (Source: Getty Images)
    Hamish Bond and Eric Murray - Source: Getty Images

New Zealand rowers Juliette Haigh and Rebecca Scown have won Olympic bronze in the women's pair.

Haigh and Scown finished behind the season's form crew, Britain's Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, and fast-finishing Australians Kate Hornsey and Sarah Tait tonight.

It was New Zealand's second medal of the London Games, after the equestrian eventing team bronze on Tuesday.

Haigh and Scown had pipped Glover and Stanning in winning the second of their two world titles last year.

But the British crew turned in a dominant performance at Eton Dorney, leading from the start.

With the home crowd in an uproar, Glover and Stanning, who had set an Olympic best time of 6min 57.29sec in their heat, became the first female British rowers to claim Olympic gold and the first to win gold for the hosts.

Haigh and Scown were holding second for most of the 2000m contest.

They were still in silver medal position with 500m to go, but were overtaken just out from the line by the Australians.

Earlier Hamish Bond and Eric Murray continued their dominance of the men's pair event with another imposing performance.

On the same course where they set a world-best time of 6min 08.50sec in their heat, Bond and Murray led from near the start of their semi-final.

They were not challenged for the rest of the journey, finishing almost eight seconds ahead of second-placed Italy.

The final is on Friday.

Bond and Murray have not been beaten since joining up in 2009, claiming three world titles along the way.

Beijing bronze medallist Mahe Drysdale is into Friday's final of the single sculls after winning his semi-final comfortably. He was second fastest behind Czech rival Ondrej Synek but Beijing champion Norway's Olaf Tufte will not contest it after finishing last in Drysdale's race.

The New Zealand men's quadruple sculls will not be at the start line of their final after finishing fourth in their semi-final.

New Zealanders John Storey, Michael Arms, Matthew Trott and Robert Manson, who had reached the semi via a repechage, were near the rear during the opening stages.

They moved up the field, but were never in real contention to be one of the three crews to progress.

Their semi-final was won by gold medal favourites Croatia.