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.

Shooters miss out on a medal

10 October 2010

New Zealanders Nadine Stanton and Natalie Rooney went desperately close to winning medals in the women’s singles trap shooting event today. Englishwoman Anita North won well with 93 points, followed by Shona Marshall of Scotland with 91. However it seemed as if the experienced Stanton was set for the bronze when she lined up her last shot. Surprisingly, she faltered, and finished with 87 points, which allowed Namibian Gaby Ahrens to sneak through for third with 88 points. Rooney, from Waimate, finished in fifth place with 85 points.

Adams Games shot put champion again

10 October 2010

Valerie Adams put a difficult year behind her to retain the Commonwealth Games shot put title in emphatic fashion today. Adams put together a magnificent sequence of throws – 20.47m, 20.39m, 20.08m, 20.31m. 20.44m, 20.14m – to utterly dominate the 12-strong field and win New Zealand's second gold medal of the games. The New Zealander, who turned 26 last month, was well ahead of second-placed Cleopatra Brown of Trinidad and Tobago, who threw 19.03m. Jasele Satupai provided Samoa with a rare medal when she threw 16.43m for third.

Archer just misses medal

10 October 2010

World No 6 Shaun Teasdale turned on a fine display of shooting but was edged out of a medal in the Commonwealth Games men’s individual compound archery competition today. The 21-year-old Teasdale, having qualified in sixth place with a score of 699, worked his way through the draw in impressive fashion, shrugging off a pesky cross-breeze and the steamy conditions. In his first round, he beat Abul Mamun of Bangladesh 4-0. He meted out the same treatment in the second round to Canadian Michiel Schleppe.

Wiegersma Withdraws

09 October 2010

Natalie Wiegersma has withdrawn from the finals of the womens’ IM400 that were scheduled to take place in Delhi this afternoon. Wiegersma qualified for the final during heats this morning nine seconds outside her best time. She had begun to feel unwell last night but sought medical advice after her race this morning. According to New Zealand team medical staff, Wiegersma has a generic stomach bug and is expected to recover fully within 24 hours. The bug has not been reported in other parts of the team and there is no indication where the bug may have come from.

Yelavich extends amazing record

09 October 2010

Auckland shooter Greg Yelavich added to his already outstanding Commonwealth Games record when he combined with Alan Earle today to win the silver medal in the pairs 25m centrefire pistol.

Hockey men beaten

09 October 2010

Phil Burrows set a record today for the most test hockey caps by a New Zealander, but it wasn’t a day to remember for the Black Sticks captain. Burrows played his 252nd match for New Zealand, surpassing the previous record, held by Ryan Archibald, and he scored a goal, too. But any joy at reaching the milestone was negated by his team’s 5-3 loss to England in a vital Commonwealth Games men’s pool match. "It's a pretty proud moment, but I'd definitely trade it for a win," said Burrows, 30.

A fine tradition

09 October 2010

Track cyclist Alison Shanks maintained a fine tradition when she won the gold medal in the women’s 3000m individual pursuit today. Madonna Harris started things by winning the gold medal in the fledgling event – for women – in the Commonwealth Games in Auckland in 1990. Then Sarah Ulmer turned up and won silver in 1994, and gold in 1998 and 2002. Shanks herself tried valiantly to keep the streak alive in Melbourne in 2006, but could manage just fourth - “a dirty fourth in Melbourne”, as she has told viewers during the winter on those Sky television ads. Harris and