| Other Sports News | Sunday July 29 2012 0:58
The much-hyped New Zealand rowers have made a strong start to their Olympic campaign, with five of the seven boats qualifying automatically for the next stage of the regatta.
The men's pair of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray have smashed the world record by six seconds in their heat, underlining their overwhelming favouritism for gold.
Mahe Drysdale and Emma Twigg have both eased to victory in their opening single sculls heats, Drysdale comfortably ahead of reigning Olympic champion Olaf Tufte.
The women's pair of Juliette Haigh and Rebecca Scown have finished second in their heat to make their semi-finals, though their time was only the fifth fastest of the day.
Men's double scullers Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan have come from behind to claim their heat and also make the semi's.
Both men's and women's quadruple sculls crews will need to make it through the repecharge stages in order to take their place in the finals.
Photo: Emma Twigg (Photosport)