Men's rowing pair suffer broken bones within days of each other – 'the chances are so incredibly slim'

For years, the all-conquering men's pair of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray dominated the rowing world but since their retirement, the boat has had its fair share of setbacks.

However, none are more bizarre than what the new men's duo of Tom Murray and Michael Brake have gone through after both had serious injuries within a week of each other.

"The chances of broken bones in the team are quite slim," Brake said.

"But the fact it was within five days and the same people in the boat - the chances are just so incredibly slim that we should be laughing."

Those Easter injuries have put medal chances in the men's pair under incredible pressure.

Brake needs plates to put his wrist back together, while a spill on a sea biscuit did the same to Murray's toes.

Murray is remaining positive though.

"They're not quite the same as they were a few months ago – there’s a couple of angles that have snuck in there but I’m functionally they're as good as anyone else's toes."

One thing on their side is that Brake and Murray have raced and trained together for 10 years so they’re confident they can quickly get back to speed when they race at the third world cup next month.

"We don't want to just be there racing we want to be there actually competing and in contention for medals," Brake said.

Tom Murray and Michael Brake managed to suffer similar injuries just five days apart, hampering their bid to replace legendary Murray and Bond. Source: 1 NEWS


Granddaughter following in sporting footsteps of New Zealand's oldest living Olympian

Our oldest living Olympian is adding to her list of proud moments, with her granddaughter following in her sporting success.

Ngaire Galloway (nee Lane) is getting ready to watch 17-year-old Gina Galloway compete at next month's 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

Described as a "a powerful and stylish swimmer", Galloway was New Zealand’s first female swimmer to hold concurrent junior, intermediate and senior national records.

She was also the only swimmer and female in the New Zealand team to compete at the 1948 London Games.

Seventy years on, granddaughter Gina is showing the same form. Last year she won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games in The Bahamas.

Gina visited her Nana in Nelson today for a final "goodluck" before her next big event.

The pair not only share the swimming gene, they are both backstroke specialists too.

"From a young age, listening to all her stories, of her travels, the friends she's made and the experiences she's gained from swimming has been really really inspiring," Gina told 1 NEWS.

Both agree the technique has changed , but the goal - to be the fastest- remains the same.

"Three years ago I was still swimming 30 lengths, but I struck some back trouble," says Ngaire.

At 92, she’s enjoying being a spectator.

"She's able to livestream into the races I'm doing and Dad always sends her the links so she can watch. It's always cool knowing she's watching from Nelson," says Gina.

Now Ngaire hopes to catch Gina's medal moment in Argentina.

"I'd probably just about collapse with excitement."

"You better be careful," she tells her granddaughter.

Ngaire Lane, 92, is getting ready to watch her granddaughter compete at the Youth Olympics. Source: 1 NEWS


Former UFC champion Jon Jones to return to the octagon after 15-month doping suspension

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones should be eligible to fight by late October after completing a 15-month suspension for a doping violation.

The US Anti-Doping Agency today announced the length of Jones' ban for his second violation of the UFC's anti-doping policy.

The decision means the 31-year-old Jones could even fight at UFC 230 in New York on November 3, if the UFC decides to book his comeback bout on that card.

Jones is widely considered the best pound-for-pound mixed martial artist in the world, but he has repeatedly sabotaged his own career.

He reclaimed the light heavyweight title from Daniel Cormier last year, but the victory was taken away when he tested positive for a steroid metabolite.

Jones also failed an out-of-competition test in 2016.

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 29:  (L-R) Jon Jones punches Daniel Cormier in their UFC light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 214 event inside the Honda Center on July 29, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Jon Jones punches Daniel Cormier in their UFC light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 214 event inside the Honda Centre in Anaheim, California. Source: Getty



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