Bond, Murray win 5th pair title at rowing worlds

By the Associated Press | August 31, 2013 | 6:35 AM EDT

Winners Eric Murray, left, and Hamish Bond of New Zealand celebrate after the men's pair final event of the World Rowing Championships in Chungju, south of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

CHUNGJU, South Korea (AP) — Hamish Bond and Eric Murray of New Zealand won the men's pair on Saturday at the world rowing championships to claim their fifth straight title in the event.

After a slow start, Bond and Murray moved into the lead at the 500-meter mark and finished comfortably ahead of Olympic silver medalists Germain Chardin and Dorian Mortelette of France. Rogier Blink and Mitchel Steenman of the Netherlands finished third.

Helen Glover and Polly Swann of Britain won the women's pair event, finishing ahead of Roxana Cogianu and Nicoleta Albu of Romania. New Zealand's Kayla Pratt and Rebecca Scown were third.

Kristoffer Brun and Are Strandli of Norway won the men's lightweight double sculls, beating Simon Schuerch and Mario Gyr of Switzerland. Peter and Richard Chambers of Britain finished third.

Laura Milani and Elisabetta Sancassani won the women's lightweight double sculls, claiming Italy's first women's world title. Kristin Hedstrom and Kathleen Bertko of the United States were second, while Lena Mueller and Anja Noske of Germany finished third.

The Netherlands claimed top honors in the men's four, surging ahead of Australia near the finish line. The United States won bronze.

Croatia won the men's quadruple sculls ahead of Germany and Britain. Germany claimed the title in the women's event, beating Canada and Poland.