Lisa Carrington will attract a lot of attention from New Zealand sports fans tomorrow.
The New Zealand paddler is defending her women’s K1 200 title and after her two qualifying efforts yesterday, has justified her pre-event favouritism.
It is no easy matter going into an event as a heavy favourite, but Carrington seems to be handling the pressure well. She certainly looked the best of the semi-finalists.
Kane Radford will be nearby at Fort Copacabana, contesting the men’s 10km marathon swim. It’s a gruelling event, subject to the vagaries of weather and tides, but Radford has shown unusual ability in this event.
At the athletics stadium, it’s a busy day for New Zealanders.
Nikki Hamblin and Lucy van Dalen will run in the heats of the 5000m, and New Zealand’s contingent of three – Nick Willis, Julian Matthews and Hamish Carson – will tackle the 1500m heats. In addition, there is much interest in young pole vaulter Eliza McCartney and she has her qualifying event tomorrow.
At the velodrome, Lauren Ellis finishes her women’s omnium duties and Eddie Dawkins and Sam Webster contest the keirin.
And in the sailing, four classes will be raced.
The 49er men and women are first and second respectively on their leaderboards. Another day of solid racing and they’d be looking very strong medal chances.
The nacre mixed team of Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders are back in action and Josh Junior contests the medal race in the finn class.Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games Lisa Carrington Kane Radford Nikki Hamblin Nick Willis Julian Matthews Hamish Carson Eliza McCartney Lauren Ellis Sam Webster Eddie Dawkins Gemma Jones Jason Saunders Blair Tuke Peter Burling Josh Junior Sailing Athletics Cycling - Track Canoe/Kayak - Sprint