Rotorua paddler George Snook has placed 4th in the K1 slalom at the Youth Olympic Games.
The 15-year-old made it to the bronze medal race where he fell just short in a hard fought sprint against Frenchman Tom Bouchardon in 29-degree heat.
“That last one I struggled a bit, I was really tired, but it was still awesome fun,” Snook said.
“It was crazy to paddle with these guys and I was pretty stoked I managed to keep up with them,” he said.
Earlier, C1 paddler Kahlia Cullwick also finished her Canoe Slalom campaign with an impressive quarter-finals finish.
“It’s definitely made me hungry to go home, train harder and get better so I can compete at the highest level,” Cullwick said.
“I feel like I paddled well, there’s a lot to learn and improve on,” she said. “But I don’t feel like I could’ve done much more here today.”
At the track 200m sprinter Dominic Overend placed 11th in the 200m.


The Aucklander ran a personal best time of 21.44s in his final race in Buenos Aires.

“It was a PB so very happy overall and to run in this field with so many awesome athletes is an amazing experience,” said Overend.

The 16-year-old was leading the race at the halfway mark but faded in the second half.

“I came up a little too early after I went round the bend then it was a pretty long race from there. Everyone kind of got past me in the last 40m which wasn’t ideal.”

Overend will race again tomorrow in the mixed nations relay.

Athletics teammate Kayla Goodwin recorded 12.30m in the triple jump for a final placing of 9th.

“I really wanted to jump far so I was probably pushing a bit too hard today but it was good to get that jump in the end,” said Goodwin.

In the boxing ring Te Mania Shelford was unable to keep up with her Mexican opponent.

Shelford was outboxed with the bout called off in the second round.

New Zealanders in action tomorrow include the cycling and boxing teams

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