New Zealand have celebrated a golden hour on the water at the London Olympics, winning two rowing gold medals on Eton Dorney.
Single sculler Mahe Drysdale has rowed to victory in his final to add to the gold won by the men's pair barely half an hour earlier.
Three-time world champions Eric Murray and Hamish Bond cruised to a gold medal in the men's Olympic pair in the most comprehensive victory of the regatta.
Drysdale's victory cements his position as one of the sport's most successful scullers and has helped him gain redemption for his bitter loss at the Beijing Games.
He slowly moved through his fierce rival Ondrej Synek from the Czech Republic in a thrilling side-by-side race that was only settled in the final 200 metres of the clash.
Five-times world champion Drysdale had started the race as the favourite with the fans after his torrid time in Beijing, where he was hit by a virus and dehydration.
Despite being ill he jumped out to a lead in that race and held on until the final 100 metres of the 2,000 metre course before being overhauled by 2004 champion Olaf Tufte of Norway and Synek. A vomiting Drysdale then had to be taken away for treatment and later helped on to the podium to receive his bronze medal.
Synek again took the silver in London and Britain's Alan Campbell the bronze.
Earlier the New Zealand men's pair had entered the final as the stand-out favourites after winning the last three world championships and smashing the world best time in their heat earlier this week.
They moved through a fast-starting French crew after 500 metres and then effortlessly pulled away from the rest of the field with their long relaxed stroke, winning by two lengths of clear water and leaving the rest of the field to fight for the remaining places.
"No-one's ever got in front of us once we've had a lead, no-one's ever squeezed back on us," Hamish Bond told Sky. "So I was pretty sure from then, but I just wanted to keep that squeeze on keep getting that margin out further and further."
Team-mate Murray said it was a case of putting into practice everything the pair had trained for.
"We've done it so many times, just holding a sustainable pace that nobody else can do and we just kept moving away, nobody could come with us and you don't have to sprint for the line," he said.
"We've gone far and beyond anything we thought possible as a pair, to come out and win every single race we've been in - amazing - and to come away with the gold here, is just the icing on the cake."
France took silver and Britain the bronze.
The 30-year-old Murray and Bond, 26, have looked untouchable all season, regularly winning races by huge margins to make up for their disappointing performance at the Beijing Games where they missed the final as part of a four crew.
Murray raised his arms and looked to the skies as they crossed the line while Bond repeatedly slapped his hands in the water and gasped for breath.
Britain appeared to veer out of their lane in the sprint for the
finish but the result is likely to stand as they crossed into the
New Zealand lane and did not impede anyone.