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

First Gold for New Zealand

09 October 2010

Alison Shanks yesterday became New Zealand’s first gold medallist at the Delhi Commonwealth Games with a commanding performance in her specialty event, the 3000m individual pursuit. The Otago rider, who is a former world title-holder in the individual pursuit, outclassed Wendy Houvenaghel of Northern Ireland in the gold medal ride-off. Their meeting was a replay of their race in the world championship final last year.

Silver for weightlifter

09 October 2010

Richard Patterson continued New Zealand’s medal rush today by claiming a silver medal in the 85kg class at the weightlifting. The Aucklander achieved a total of 331kg, which left him just behind gold medallist Simplice Ribouem of Australia, and well clear of bronze medallist Mathieu Marineau of Canada. The 20 lifters were split into two divisions, with Patterson in the A group. In the snatch he achieved all three of his attempts, at 142kg, 146kg and 150kg, which left him tied for the lead (and with a lighter bodyweight if it came to a countback) with Ribouem.

Two brave silvers at the track

09 October 2010

Brent Newdick and Nikki Hamblin produced outstanding efforts to win Commonwealth Games silver medals in the track and field today. Newdick slogged it out for two days and was rewarded with a silver in the decathlon, that most gruelling of events. This was especially satisfying for Newdick, who finished in that most unwelcome of positions – fourth – in the same event in the 2006 games in Melbourne. Hamblin ran a clever and brave race to take the silver medal in a hotly-contested 1500m race.

Swimmers hit best form

09 October 2010

New Zealand swimmers saved their best until this evening, earning four medals in the Commonwealth Games swimming competition. Hayley Palmer picked up a bronze medal in the women’s 50m freestyle. Palmer swam an impressive 25.01s, much quicker than her qualifying time, and only a fingernail from the silver. During her time in Delhi she has trimmed her national record from 25.35 to 25.01, a significant advance. The medal caps a fine meet for the 21-year-old freestyle specialist.

Shanks wins first gold

08 October 2010

Alison Shanks today became New Zealand’s first gold medallist at the Delhi Commonwealth Games with a commanding performance in her specialty event, the 3000m individual pursuit. The Otago rider, who is a former world title-holder in the individual pursuit, outclassed Wendy Houvenaghel of Northern Ireland in the gold medal ride-off. Their meeting was a replay of their race in the world championship final last year. It was a good final day at the velodrome for New Zealand because Sam Webster, Eddie Dawkins and Ethan Mitchell won the silver medal in the men’s team sprint.

Glynn bags three for Black Sticks

08 October 2010

Katie Glynn had a day to remember as the New Zealand women’s hockey team pummelled England 4-1 in their crucial Commonwealth Games match-up today. The 21-year-old Aucklander scored three goals to help the Black Sticks to a surprisingly comfortable 4-1 victory over the world’s No 5-ranked team. The fourth goal for New Zealand, who trailed 1-0 early on, came from Sam Harrison. The Black Sticks led 2-1 at halftime and impressed with their aggression and keenness to dominate.

Team Celebrate Medal Success

08 October 2010

The New Zealand team gathered at "Base Camp" in their Delhi residence tonight to celebrate the success of the team's medal winners tonight. The Red Beach Grandstand, beanbags and fake grass floor of the team lounge were packed tightly with wrestlers, gymnasts, boxers and the newly arrived sevens team. Slightly reminiscent of students in their flat (but clean, with no beer), the team members clapped, laughed and ate cups of popcorn to celebrate the success of the xx swimmers, cyclists and Jess Hamill who won silver in the F34 shotput last night.

The tough side of being a professional athlete

08 October 2010

Joseph Romanos writes... Marina Erakovic gave us a peep at the other side of being a professional athlete today. Erakovic, New Zealand’s best tennis player, lost in the quarter-finals of the singles at the Commonwealth Games, beaten by local hero Sania Mirza 6-2, 6-3. Though it was her third singles match in Delhi, her first two opponents offered Erakovic negligible opposition and today’s was her first real test. She tried hard but was unable to make any headway against an opponent who looked confident and who wielded a formidable forehand and a tricky sliced service.

Five swimmers qualify for finals

08 October 2010

New Zealanders enjoyed another successful afternoon in the pool today, with five swimmers qualifying for finals tomorrow. Daniel Bell excelled in qualifying third in the 100m backstroke in 54.38s, while team-mate Gareth Kean, already a silver medallist in the 200m backstroke, swam in the same race and qualified sixth in 55.26s. Hayley Palmer, who has swum impressively in Delhi, qualified second in the 50m freestyle in 25.11s.

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