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The Silver Ferns have claimed a thrilling 52-51 win over the Australian to win the Netball World Cup– the first time the national side has claimed the title since 2003.

The Ferns had to withstand a frantic finish from Australia, who rallied from 41-34 down late in the third quarter, closing to within a goal at various stages late in the game. 

New Zealand headed into the match as outsiders, and won on the back of a strong finish to the second quarter and a stunning start to the third. 

The win was the Silver Ferns' fifth world title, having also tasted victory in 1967, '79, '87 and 2003.

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Golf

Kiwi Ryan Fox recorded his best finish in a major, finishing strong at the British Open early Monday.

The 32-year-old finished the tournament with a final-round 2-under 69 to improve 27 places and secure a tie for 16th. The Open was won by Ireland's Shane Lowry by six shots.

Unbelievable golf course, brilliant craic and stoked to record my best major finish with a T16," said Fox on his Instagram account. 

"Weather was brutal today but got in the clubhouse before the worst of it which helped ... thankful for all the awesome Kiwi support out there."

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Triathlon

New Zealand’s mixed relay team has claimed its first ever victory in the World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series, putting the kiwis in an excellent position to be considered among the ones to watch in the Olympic debut of the thrilling event, in Tokyo 2020.

Ainsley Thorpe, Tayler Reid, Nicole Van der Kaay and Hayden Wilde deliver a consistent race begining to end, to finish ahead of Team Great Britain and Team USA.

New Zealand trailed their rivals after the first leg, but finished strongly over the final three to take the gold medal with Wilde pulling ahead of Great Britain's Gordon Benson on the final 1600m run.

The Kiwis finished in 1hr 20min 13sec - nine seconds ahead of Great Britain with Team USA third and Australia fourth.  

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Swimming

Day one of the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea saw three New Zealand athletes compete in individual events.

Zac Reid came 2nd in his heat and 18th overall in the Men's 400m Freestyle with a time of 3:51.25 seconds. Reid was 0.44 seconds behind Dimitrios Negris from Greece who came first in the heat.

Reid will next swim on Day 3 in the Men's 800m Freestyle and on Day 6 in the men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay.

Daniel Hunter came 7th in his heat and 38th overall in the Men's 50m Butterfly with a time of 24.21 seconds.

Hunter will swim two more events this week; the Men's 100m Freestyle on Day 4 and the Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay on Day 6.

15-year-old Erika Fairweather came 8th in her heat and 17th Overall in the Women's 400m Freestyle with a time of 4:12.30 seconds. Fairweather swam in the same heat as World Record holder Katie Ledecky from USA who took first place. Erika was the youngest competitor of the event.

Fairweather will swim in the Women's 200m Freestyle on Day 3 as well as the Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay on Day 5.

 

Pacific Games

New Zealand have staged an incredible comeback to win the gold medal in football at the Pacific Games for the first time.

The Des Buckingham-coached U-23 side scored twice in the final four minutes to stun three-time defending champions New Caledonia at the J.S. Blatter Football Complex in Apia.

Buckingham said the come-from-behind win was typical of the character his squad has shown over the past two weeks at the Pacific Games in Samoa. 

“If you are going to win a final that is a great way to do it, score twice in the final few minutes and to win it the way we did. Full credit has to go to the players, it is a fantastic achievement,” he said after the win.

Podium Finish for Kiwi Team at Aachen 

It is a second and a fourth for New Zealand in the CCIO4*-S at the CHIO Aachen in Germany after a very influential cross country over night with the Kiwis falling just short of defending their most coveted Nations’ Cup crown.

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