Ali Forsyth shining light in bowls

12 October 2010

Ali Forsyth has become the shining light in the New Zealand bowls team in Delhi. After three days of singles play, the Australia-based Forsyth is unbeaten. He faces a tough game first up tomorrow, against England, and then meets Cook Islands and Jersey. If he can win two of those matches, he will advance top of his pool and so go straight into the semi-finals, instead of having to go through a play-off. Forsyth, 30, is in excellent touch and looking assured.

Beatrice fifth in discus

12 October 2010

Former double Commonwealth Games champion Beatrice Faumuina was below her best in the discus and finished in fifth place in Delhi today. Her best throw of 57.79m was more than three metres below her season’s best. Faumuina’s sequence of throws was 56.15m, no throw, 55.31m, 57.79m, no throw, 54.83m. The 1997 world champion, Faumuina is at her fifth Commonwealth Games. The discus resulted in a clean sweep for India, much to the delight of a biggish crowd. Krishna Poonia won with 61.51m from Harwant Kaur and Seema Antil.

Hurdles bronze for Andrea Miller

12 October 2010

Andrea Miller won a rare Commonwealth Games hurdles medal for New Zealand in Delhi today. Miller, 28, steamed home to grab the bronze medal in the 100m hurdles, a race won by her training companion and good friend Sally Pearson of Australia. After injuries during the season, Miller was short of races on arriving in Delhi, but has hit very good form. She ran impressively in qualifying and her time today, 13.25s, was her season’s best. The Gold Coast-based athlete said she had a sneaking suspicion she might finish third or fourth today.

Shooters seventh

11 October 2010

Sally Johnston of Lower Hutt and Aucklander Juliet Etherington slipped from third overnight to finish seventh in the Commonwealth Games women’s prone pairs competition today. The New Zealand shooters totalled 1155 from a possible 1200. Scotland won the gold medal with 1169, on a countback from England.  

The Big Man of NZ Cycling

11 October 2010

Joseph Romanos writes.... Hayden Roulston, the big man on the New Zealand cycling squad, further enhanced an already glowing reputation with his courageous silver medal ride in the road race today. Roulston, the New Zealand cycling hero at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, confirmed his world class as a road racer, too, not that those who follow cycling closely needed proof of that. He’s shown his mettle on some of the big professional tours overseas over the past two years and would have had done even better but for a run of injuries.

Silver medal in the weightlifting

11 October 2010

Aucklander Stas Chalaev today provided New Zealand with its second Commonwealth Games weightlifting medal in Delhi when he took the silver in the men’s 105kg division with a personal best total of 334kg. Chalaev lifted consistently well throughout the competition. In the snatch he lifted 150kg and in the clean and jerk he was successful with 184kg. The gold medal was won by Samoan Niusila Opeloge, with 338gk. Chalaev said that just for a moment he thought he might be able to cause an upset.

Hockey men leave it late

11 October 2010

The New Zealand men’s hockey team went within three minutes of elimination from the Commonwealth Games today. The Black Sticks met Canada in their final pool match and needed just a draw to advance to the semi-finals. But Canada took the game to the New Zealanders and with just three minutes remaining led 1-0. To the relief of the New Zealanders, Hayden Shaw then converted a penalty corner with one of his specialty drag flicks to level the scores at 1-1. New Zealand now meets world No 1 Australia in the semi-finals.

Brave silver for Roulston

11 October 2010

New Zealand cyclist Hayden Roulston shrugged off the effects of the flu to win a hard-earned silver medal in the 168km Commonwealth Games road race in Delhi. Roulston has won two Commonwealth Games and two Olympic cyling medals, but always on the track. This was his first medal on the road. The six-strong New Zealand team rode a smart race to split the field kill off the sprinters' hopes. Eventually Australian Allan Davis was the only sprinter left in the leading group and he outkicked Roulston right on the line. Scotland's David Millar was third.

New Zealand weightlifter fifth

10 October 2010

Aucklander Tracey Lambrechs achieved personal bests in the snatch and the clean and jerk on her way to her fifth place finish in the Commonwealth Games women’s 75kg+ weightlifting competition today. Lambrechs, 25, achieved 99kg in the snatch and 127kg in the clean and jerk, for a total of 226kg. Going into the competition, her best in the snatch was 98kg and in the clean and jerk 122kg, so she set personal bests in both and for her total. “I’m very pleased,” said Lambrechs. “To have set personal bests at the Commonwealth Games…I couldn’t be happier.”

Kiesanowski fourth in road race

10 October 2010

Cantabrian Jo Kiesanowski went within a whisker of claiming her second medal of the Delhi Commonwealth Games when she finished fourth in the women’s cycling road race today. Kiesanowski, already a silver medallist in the women’s scratch race on the track, barely dipped out in a sprint finish to the gruelling 112km road race. The race was won by Australian Rochelle Gilmore from Englishwoman Elizabeth Armistead. Another Australian, Chloe Hosking, pipped Kiesanowski on the line.

Sir Ed said it Best

10 October 2010

New Zealand Gold medallists are being presented with a black t-shirt with a single message. “Sir Ed said it best” the t-shirt reads. The message refers to Sir Ed’s famous quip to expedition leader George Hunt on his return from the summit of Mt Everest in 1953. “Well George,” he said, “We knocked the *&^%$#@ off.” This single phrase has entered into New Zealand lexicon and neither Ali Shanks nor Valerie Adams needed any prompting to get to the bottom of the slogan.

Broad shoulders an inspiration

10 October 2010

Sports commentator Joseph Romanos writes... Valerie Adams is possibly the biggest superstar at the Commonwealth Games track and field meeting. She certainly lived up to that billing today with a really classy display of shot putting on her way to retaining her games shot put title.

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