Olympics – silver for Ko

Lydia Ko birdied the last hole on the women’s golf to secure a silver medal just now. Inbee Park was too strong on the final day, winning the gold five shots clear.

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Ko should be reasonably satisfied – and perhaps a bit relieved in the end – with second place but may be a bit disappointed she didn’t pull off a win. But golf is a sport that even the best only win sometimes so this is a very good result.

The K-4 women’s 500m kayak team came in fifth in their final.

Andrea Hewitt was 7th in the women’s triathalon, and Nicky Samuels was 13th.

All that’s left for Kiwis today is Nick Willis in the men’s 1500m final at 12:00 pm.

After that there is one remaining event for Kiwis, Samuel Gaze in the men’s Mountain Bike Cross Country tomorrow morning at 3:30 am.

Eliza McCartney

Back to yesterday and Eliza McCartney’s bronze in the pole vault – that was one of the nicest and most emotional events and results I have experienced. She wasn’t expected to win a medal, her goal was to make the final 12 as experience with Tokyo in 4 years the big goal.

Eliza was so obviously ecstatic with her effort. It was flawless up to the limit of her current capability, and so nice when an Aussie’s failed attempt (sorry Aussie) left Eliza in third place. She revelled in celebrating along with the two other medal winners.

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If you haven’t heard much about Eliza The Spinoff has Reflecting on Eliza McCartney’s astonishing rise.

Current medal tally 4 gold, 9 silver, 4 bronze, total 17. New Zealand are 18th on the medal table,.