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Triathlon

Our triathletes were in hot form in Australia over the weekend, at the Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup.

Our male triathletes ran away with gold and silver medals, after a sprint finish separated winner Ryan Sissons and his New Zealand teammate Hayden Wilde.

Sissons said, “I came here determined to win. I wanted to win this race. I have always wanted to win this race; it is a great one to race at.”

Hayden Wilde, who finished second, said, “Ryan pipped me at the end, but I am stoked to be here.”

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Our female triathletes were also in action. Andrea Hewitt finished fourth and Ainsley Thorpe ninth. The choppy water conditions saw New Zealand and Australian competitors favour the 1.5km swim, followed by a 40km bike and 10km run to finish.

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has decided to postpone all ITU racing events for the next six weeks to prioritise the health and safety of athletes. The NZOC is following recommendations from the Ministry of Health and will continue to support our athletes throughout the qualification process and Olympic Games build-up.

 

Boxing

Boxer David Nyika has finished in second place at his Olympic Games Qualification tournament in Jordan.

The 24-year-old won his first two matches to book a quota spot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. He was then beaten in a close bout against Kazakhstan’s Vassiliy Levit, who was a bronze medallist at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships.

“Credit where credit’s due,” Nyika posted on his Instagram, "See you again at Tokyo 2020”.

The Hamilton athlete is the first Kiwi boxer to qualify for the Olympic Games since London 2012.

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