Eric Murray (rower)
|Competitor for New Zealand|
|Gold||2012 London||Men's coxless pair|
|Gold||2007 Munich||Men's Coxless Four|
|Gold||2009 Poznan||Men's Coxless Pair|
|Gold||2010 Karapiro||Men's Coxless Pair|
|Gold||2011 Bled||Men's Coxless Pair|
|Gold||2013 Chungjiu||Men's Coxless Pair|
Eric Gordon Murray MNZM (born 6 May 1982) is a New Zealand rower and Olympic gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympic Games. He has won four consecutive World Rowing Championships gold medals and has set two world best times.
His first world championship medal was as a member of the New Zealand coxless four at 2007 World Rowing Championships. Murray then went on to become a member of the triple World Champion coxless pair with fellow coxless four member Hamish Bond. They won gold at the 2009 World Rowing Championships, then went on to retain their title at the 2010 World Rowing Championships. and 2011 World Rowing Championships. Murray's achievements in both the coxless four and the coxless pair have seen him win two Halberg sports awards team of the year, firstly in 2007 with the four, and then in 2009 with Bond.
After a successful campaign which saw Murray and Bond narrowly securing the world championship title for another year on Lake Karapiro; Murray's year was topped off with the news that his wife, Jackie Murray was pregnant with their first child.
In late December 2011 Murray set a new world record on the indoor rowing machine. On a Concept 2 Dynamic Rowing Machine Murray went 18,728 m in one hour. The story was featured on TV New Zealand.
Murray raced five-time world champion in the Men's Single Scull Mahé Drysdale in the single scull event at the North Island Club Championships to win by less than half a second on 17 January 2012. Drysdale and Murray were the only two scullers in the event due to inconsistent crosswinds.
At the 2012 London Olympic Games Murray and teammate Hamish Bond took six seconds off the world record of 6:08.5 in their heat for the men's coxless pair. In the Olympic final Murray and Bond surged into the lead after the 500 meter mark to win the gold medal in 6:16.65 by open water. France edged Great Britain for the silver in 6:21.11 v. Great Britain's time of 6:21.77. The victory capped an undefeated streak that began when Murray and Bond began racing the pair internationally in 2009.
- Kiwi Pair official website
- Halberg Award winners, 2000–2009.
- Hyde, Mitch (3 July 2012). "Just don't say gold". Waikato Times. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
- John Rothery (Jan 14, 2012). Eric Murray beats Mahe Drysdale in surprise win at North Island Club Champs at Karapiro. Karapiro: YouTube.
- "New Year Honours List 2013". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
Caroline & Georgina Evers-Swindell
|New Zealand's Team of the Year
(with Hamish Bond)
|Halberg awards – Supreme Award
(with Hamish Bond)