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17-year-old Oscar Guo has won silver in the badminton team relay event at the Youth Olympic Games.

The Aucklander played in two doubles matches in the gold medal final of the badminton relay format, which sees the first team to 110-points crowned winner.

Guo played aggressively but his team went down in a tight game, 110-106.

“The medal feels good, I really wanted to get one when I came here so I’m glad to get the job done,” said Guo.

“We went really well as a team and it was awesome to meet some new people as well, I had a great time out there.”

At the track Kiwi middle distance runner Murdoch McIntyre set a New Zealand age group record in the 2000m steeplechase.

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McIntyre ran ‘5.55.07 - a 15 second personal best for the Under-17 New Zealand age-group record.
 
“It’s something very different to being back in New Zealand where you’re sort of top one, two and three, and you’re looking around going jeepers these are the big guns,” McIntyre said.
 
“You can’t ask for anything more than a PB going in, and it’s a quarter of a minute, so I have to be happy with that.”
 
Earlier in the day New Zealand’s 3x3 basketball team was knocked out of the Youth Olympic Games by the Ukraine.

The New Zealand team of Joe Ahie, Max de Geest, James Moors and Thomas Whyte went down 21-13, with Ukraine making the most of their opportunities.

“They came out pretty hard, hitting all their shots and we only shot 20-percent from the field, it’s just one of those days, pretty disappointing,” said Joe Ahie.

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“We went into that game knowing it was win or go home, we played our hearts out, we played our best but they were a better team.”

The New Zealanders had earlier lost to Brazil and finish their pool matches with two wins and two losses, which isn’t enough to send them to the quarter-finals.

Ahie says despite the disappointment the team has enjoyed the experience.

“The basketball is very high level here so it’s great to kick it against those guys because we’re just getting better every game.”

For a full list of results and for the Games schedule visit Olympic.org.nz or download the NZ Team app.


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