Preview of Day 9

One of the more fascinating track cycling events begins on Day 9.

New Zealander Dylan Kennett will contest the omnium, which is sometimes described as cycling’s equivalent of the decathlon.

For many years the omnium was not an Olympic event, but it has gained in popularity in recent years. It comprises six events – the scratch race, 4km individual pursuit, elimination race (all of which will be held tomorrow), time trial, flying lap and 40km points race.

Points accrue as riders are tested in every facet of track riding.

Besides Kennett, New Zealand women’s sprinters Liv Podmore and Natasha Hansen will be in action at the velodrome tomorrow.

The men’s golf finishes, with Danny Lee and Ryan Fox, who are midfield, looking to surge up the leaderboard.

The sailing is building nicely. Tomorrow the nacra mixed, 470 men and women and Josh Junior in the finn class are in action.

There’s more weightlifting action for New Zealand with Tracey Lambrechs involved in the women’s 75kg class.

And the New Zealand men’s hockey team take on  Germany in a quarter-final. The New Zealanders would love to maintain their hot streak of form.

 


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