Hamish Bond was awarded a third consecutive Olympic medal. Bond was named to the New Zealand men’s eight to compete in the final Olympic 2020 qualifying regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland, in May.
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Rowing NZ has chosen to send the eight men and the male quad teams to the “ last chance ” regatta after the two boats narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic at the World Championships in rowing last year. Both boats must finish in the top two in Lucerne to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic. Rowing NZ currently has nine boats qualified to compete in the Olympic 2020.
If the men’s eight qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympic, it would be a fourth Olympic appearance for Bond. He was one of four male coxswains in Beijing in 2008, then won gold in pair with Eric Murray in London 2012 and Rio 2016. Bond went cycling after Rio and won bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games before returning to rowing last year. He recently won gold in the men’s time trial at the New Zealand National Road Cycling Championships.
The men’s quad team includes John Storey, who has been in the NZ couple pair for the past few years with Chris Harris but has missed out on the selection for the next World Cup regattas at Robbie Manson.
Rowing NZ also named its female quad to compete in the second and third world rowing regattas in Italy and Switzerland respectively in May, with Hannah Osborne, Georgia Nugent-O’Leary, Eve Macfarlane and Ruby Tew winning the selection. The New Zealand rowing team for the Tokyo Olympic will be named after the World Cup season has ended.