Tokyo Olympics: New Zealand's men's rowing eight claim Games gold medal for first time in 49 years

The New Zealand men's rowing eight have claimed gold in the Olympic final in Tokyo.

In a stirring race, the Kiwi crew put in a powerful final 1000m after sitting third for the the first half of the race, holding off the favoured German crew and Great Britain who won bronze.

The result comes on an historic day for New Zealand rowing, with Emma Twigg claiming gold in the women's singles sculls final and the women's eight securing a silver, pipped by less than a second by Canada.

It means a third Olympic gold for Hamish Bond, who formed half of one of the most dominant rowing crews in history alongside Eric Murray, winning men's pair gold in London and Rio. 

Bond was joined in the history-making boat by Thomas MacKintosh, Tom Murray,  Michael Brake, Daniel Williamson, Phillip Wilson, Shaun Kirkham, Matt MacDonald and Coxwain Sam Bosworth. 

The German crew went out strongly, leading by half a boat length in the early stages of the race from Great Britain, the United States and New Zealand.

But gradually the Kiwis hauled in the field, before making their run at the halfway mark, turning a half-a-second deficit into a near one second lead with 500m to go. 

The German crew looked to respond. but led by Bond, New Zealand held them off for a sensational victory.

It marks New Zealand's first Olympic men's rowing eights gold medal since 1972 and the first medal since 1976.

The gold-medal-winning row took New Zealand's tally in the regatta to five - the most of any country in Tokyo.