As the clock ticks ever closer to that first race at the Olympics, we continue our attempt at predictions with the heavyweight doubles and pairs.
Mens Pair (M2-)
New Zealand..............................Great Britain, Australia
The Men's Pair has been absolutely dominated this Olympic cycle by the Kiwi Pair. We can't see anyone heading them off for the gold, but the really interesting racing will take place for the minor medals. Our pick is that the Great British pair will come closest, but watch for Australia, South Africa and the Netherlands fighting it out for silver and bronze as Murray and Bond defend their Olympic title.
Womens Pair (W2-)
Great Britain, New Zealand, USA
This is shaping up to be an absolute humdinger of a three horse race. Yes, the Brits have dominated the last few years, but the Yanks and Kiwi's have been rapidly staking their claim for a possible gold medal spot. We have picked the British to take this one out, but this could easily be an upset.
Mens Double (M2x)
Croatia, New Zealand, Lithunia
The Men's Double is another event that has had a dominant crew leading the way the last couple of seasons, but a determined chasing pack have been getting closer and closer. The Croatian's have been the pacesetters, with the New Zealand crew of Harris and Manson taking out the last World Cup while the Croatian's rested up. Our NZ leanings tell us the kiwi's might get up to threaten the Croatians, but no matter how it unfolds you can be sure this event will be hotly contested, with Lithunia and Germany not to be written off as gold medal prospects.
Womens Double (W2x)
Lithunia, New Zealand, Greece
Of all the picking we've done so far, the women's double was definitely the trickiest to pick a top three for. The Lithuanians and Greeks have been strong this season, as have Poland and Australia...then creeping their way up regatta after regatta have been the New Zealanders. The Dick Tonks coached crew will have done some serious kilometres this Olympic cycle, it remains to be seen if that will lead to broken bodies, or a legendary last race like the Ever-Swindells in Beijing.
Those are our quick picks. Comment below or on our Facebook page and let us know where we have got it wrong...and where we have nailed it.