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NZ grabs bronze on day eight of London 2012

NZ grabs bronze on day eight of London 2012

Bronze medal to Taylor and Uru

Peter Taylor and Storm Uru increased New Zealand’s Olympic rowing medal haul when they finished third in the men’s lightweight double sculls at Eton Dorney.

Taylor and Uru were the 2009 world champions and have been place-getters at the last three world champs, and were given an outside shot at a gold. They were the second-fastest of the qualifiers.

The New Zealanders were third by the halfway point and from then a medal always seemed assured. They finished in 6min 40.86s, beating the fourth placed French by nearly two seconds.

New Zealand’s Emma Twigg, a bronze medallist at the last two world champs, just missed a medal in the women’s single sculls final, finishing fourth.

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Hockey women get the win

The New Zealand women’s hockey team got the win they needed over the United States at the Riverbank Arena - but they made hard work of it.

The Black Sticks utterly dominated play, but it required a goal by Clarissa Eshuis from a penalty corner in the 63rd minute to give them a 3-2 win.

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NZ sailors make gains

More than half of the New Zealand Sailing crews are now ranked inside the top five after a day of low scores at the Olympic sailing venue in Weymouth.

Andrew Murdoch in the Laser, and both of New Zealand’s 470 teams made gains, with the girls scoring a two and five in their two races, and the 470 men a sixteen and three. Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie are ranked first overall in these early stages of the women’s regatta, while Paul Snow Hansen with Jason Saunders are third in the men’s, as they are now able to discard their disqualification from day one.

Andrew Murdoch also had a day of big gains jumping up the leader board in the last two races of the opening series, and qualifying for the final medal race ranked fifth overall.

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Hewitt sixth in triathlon

New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt finished a brave sixth in the Olympic women’s triathlon at Hyde Park.
Hewitt, one of the pre-race favourites, put herself in a position to get among the medals, but didn’t quite have the legs in the final stages of the run.

The other New Zealanders in the field, Kate McIlroy and Nicky Samuels, were 10th and 35th.

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Women's pursuiters fifth

The New Zealand women’s team pursuit cyclists were unable to match their male counterparts and get among the medals at the Olympic velodrome.

The men won the bronze medal yesterday, but the women, fourth in the last world championships, had to settle for fifth, despite breaking the New Zealand record by a sizeable 1.6s.

Meanwhile New Zealand sprinter Eddie Dawkins bowed out after losing his repechage ride.

In the omnium, a two-day event comprising six events, New Zealander Shane Archbold made a promising start by finishing second in the flying lap, a 250m sprint. Archbold recorded 13.112s, the second-fastest of the 18 contestants.

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Cowley 25th in heptathlon

Sarah Cowley finished 25th in the heptathlon at the Olympic Stadium.

The 28-year-old from Rotorua began the second day of the seven-event competition in 30th place from 39 starters.

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