Hamish Bond is one of New Zealand's most decorated sportsmen. Just don't call him a freak, writes Michael Burgess.

Ask Hamish Bond about the hardest physical experience of his career, and the answer takes a while. It's partly because he is naturally self-effacing, but also because there are so many episodes to choose from.

Bond, who hopes to write a new Olympic chapter in 2020 as part of the New Zealand men's eight, after a two-year hiatus in cycling, is one of the toughest athletes this country has produced.

Two Olympic gold medals. Eight rowing world championships. A 69-race unbeaten

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