New Zealand's Road to Rio: 21 - 27 June

Burling and Tuke make it 27 in a row

Unbeatable Kiwi sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have continued their winning ways with their 27th straight regatta victory – this time at Kiel Week in Germany.

After a week of challenging wind and sea conditions, the New Zealanders were again unassailable going into the medal race with a 26-point lead.

Skipper Burling said it was “really pleasing to take the win” in their final big event before the Rio Olympic Games, where they plan to go one better than the Olympic silver medal they won at Weymouth in 2012.

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Ko beats the heat for 13th LPGA victory

Lydia Ko has beaten the heat to win her 13th LPGA Tour title and her third victory of 2016 with a masterful showing at the NW Arkansas Championship.

On Sunday, 19-year-old Ko matched the Pinnacle Country Club course record with a 9-under par 62. 

Tied for the lead at the start of the third and final round today, the world No. 1 birdied four of her first five holes to open up a lead over nearest rival, Morgan Pressel of the United States.  She continued to play strongly and finished 17-under for the three-round tournament, three shots ahead of Pressel and Candie Kung of Taiwan.

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Golfer Fox finishes second in Scotland

New Zealand golfer Ryan Fox has finished second in the latest European Challenge Tour event, the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge.

The Rio contender fired a final round seven-under 64 to finish 19-under for the tournament in Aviemore, two shots behind Englishman James Heath.

Fox was happy with a “really solid” week with scores of 65, 66, 70 and 64, and feels he is finally hitting form in an up and down year on the tour.

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Black Sticks women sixth at Champions Trophy

A lack of consistency has cost the Black Sticks women, who have finished the Champions Trophy – their last hit-out before Rio – in sixth place.

The New Zealanders notched up just one win during pool play in London, against hosts Great Britain, and a 1-1 draw with the United States knocked them out of medal contention. Their anguish continued in the play-off for fifth overnight, losing to the British 4-3.

The Black Sticks fought back form 3-1 down early in the second half to level at 3-3 at the start of the final quarter, but British striker Alex Danson sealed a hat-trick with the winning goal eight minutes from fulltime.

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Black Sticks men let lead slip to world No. 2 Dutch

The Black Sticks men could not hold on to a two-goal lead against a fast-closing Netherlands side in the third test of their European tour series.

The New Zealanders raced out to a 2-0 lead over the world No. 2 side, with goals from Nick Wilson and Stephen Jenness, but the Dutch struck back to win 4-2, and take out the series 3-0.

The Black Sticks now travel to Valencia for a Six Nations tournament with their opening game against hosts Spain tomorrow morning.

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Tall Blacks lose on the buzzer to Iran

The Tall Blacks have narrowly lost to Iran, 75-72, in a lead-up match to the Olympic men’s basketball qualifying tournament.

After a strong start, the New Zealanders had a five-point lead at halftime and seemed in control of the game until the final quarter, when mental lapses proved costly.

The Kiwis face an even tougher challenge against warm-up tournament hosts Latvia tomorrow. The FIBA qualifying tournament kicks off in Manila next week.

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Kiwi boxers miss Rio bid

New Zealand’s Olympic boxing hopefuls have had their dreams dashed at the final Olympic qualifying tournament in Azerbaijan.

Unfortunately, all five Kiwi men competing in Baku lost in the early rounds and missed out on qualifying for Rio.

The last man standing, Commonwealth Games gold medallist David Nyika, was beaten in his second-round heavyweight bout by Dutchman Roy Korving. 

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