Gold for Carrington, bronze for Meech

Lisa Carrington has won gold in the Kayak Single 200m to bring New Zealand’s gold tally up to 3. Carrington has backed up her gold in London in 2012.

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Lisa will also compete in the single 500m starting tomorrow.

Sam Meech has won bronze in the Men’s Laser, the first sailing medal so far and the first bronze for New Zealand to bring the total up to 10.

There’s a lot more sailing heats going on with more medal prospects for New Zealand over the next day or two.

Burling and Tuke are well ahead in the 49er class and now apparently can’t be caught  with one heat and the final to go.

Jones and Saunders won the medal race but just missed out on a medal in the Mixed Nacra.

Aleh and Powrie are defending their Women’s 470 title and struck trouble with two disqualifications, but they have won two races today to get into medal conetion, but a gold looks too difficult. UPDATE: 4th in the 10th race and they will go into the medal race in second place, to far from gold and with a tight fight for the silver and bronze with five or six others.

Eliza McCartney has qualified for the pole vault final which will be held on Saturday.

Nikki Hamblin seems to have qualified for the 5000m final, also on Saturday.

Nick Willis has qualified for the 1500m semifinal on Friday. The other two Kiwis missed out.

Track cycling continues this morning. Lauren Ellis looks a bit off the pace in 7th with two evens to go this morning.

Sam Webster is through to the second round of the Keirin in the cycling at 7:52 am this morning.

Not a good morning on the cycling track. Everyone now out of contention.

Current medal standings (top 20):

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New Zealand have good prospects of getting one or two, perhaps three more golds but that won’t lift them much further up the table, 13th looks as high as we can go. And some countries could race up, like Jamaica in athletics.

Not a bad position though. Ten medals isn’t far off targets with a handful of prospects top come.

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4 Comments

  1. Missy

     /  17th August 2016

    With regards to Nikki Hamblin, my understanding is her time was too slow for qualifying, but because of the collision with the American, and the fact she stopped to help the American runner when she got up, they both finished last and as a result the IOC officials let them both through to the final.

    It is being reported here as the showing the true meaning of the Olympics.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3743486/The-inspirational-moment-Games-far-New-Zealand-runners-HELP-finish-race-fall-5-000m.html

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    • Yes, I’ve picked up on this and just posted on it.

      A great story but I don’t think it’s the ‘true meaning of the Olympics’. There’s no medals for helping a competitor.

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      • Missy

         /  17th August 2016

        True, I saw the post, and agree. The Olympic motto is ‘faster, higher, stronger’ that to me is about being the best in what you do.

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  2. Zedd

     /  17th August 2016

    “Go you good thing”

    btw; I don’t think I’ll challenge her to an armwrestle ! 😀

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