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New Zealand reaches 100 medal milestone at London 2012

New Zealand reaches 100 medal milestone at London 2012.

The Magic Century

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke created a bit of New Zealand Olympic history when they won the silver medal in the 49er sailing at Weymouth.

The yachties’ silver medal was the 100th won by New Zealanders at the Olympic Games, since Harry Kerr won a walking bronze medal in 1908.

Burling, 21, and Tuke, 23, sailed a very consistent series and had the silver wrapped up before today’s final race.

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It’s been a long haul getting to the magic century.
All medals are special, and everyone will have their own memories of performances that stand out.

It was appropriate that two sailors should have the honour of winning No 100. Since Cropp and Mander 56 years ago, there’s been Helmer Pederson and Earle Wells in 1964 and a splurge of them in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Except for the boardsailors, the yachties have had lean pickings since 1992, so perhaps Burling and Tuke have set something alight again.

In that case maybe they haven’t so much signed off the first century as kicked off the second century.

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Black Sticks in bronze final

The New Zealand women’s hockey team lost their Olympic semi-final to The Netherlands in heartbreaking circumstances.

The Black Sticks, playing a team that had not been beaten in the tournament, held the score to 2-2 at the end of fulltime. After there was no score in the subsequent 15-minute period of extra time, the New Zealanders then lost the penalty shootout 3-1.

The result means The Netherlands move into the final and New Zealand will now meet Great Britain on Friday to decide who gets the bronze medal.

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Walker impressive in BMX

Bay of Plenty’s Sarah Walker justified her reputation as one of the world’s best women’s BMX riders when she recorded the second-fastest time of the 16 competitors in the Olympic seedings round.

Walker clocked 38.644s, just behind Australian Caroline Buchanan, who was timed at 38.434.

In the men’s BMX seedings round, Marc Willers was 10th of the 32 starters with a time of 38.687s. Fellow New Zealander Kurt Pickard was 16th in 39.057s.
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Kayak pair seventh in final

Darryl Fitzgerald and Steven Ferguson finished seventh in the Olympic men’s K2 1000 kayak final at Eton Dorney.

Fitzgerald and Ferguson made a slow start and trailed the field at the halfway point, but came home strongly.

In the men’s K1 1000 B final New Zealander Ben Fouhy was sixth in 3min 34.710, nearly five seconds behind race winner Jorge Garcia of Cuba.

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