Six weightlifting records

05 October 2010

After only two years of competitive weightlifting, Aucklander Lou Guinares created a small slice of New Zealand weightlifting history on today’s opening day of the Delhi Commonwealth Games.Guinares, just 20, set a total of six New Zealand records – junior and senior – while lifting in the 56kg class.The Philippines-born Guinares snatched 94kg and lifted 124kg in the clean and jerk, for a total of 218kg.

Thrilling win for Kiwis in table tennis

05 October 2010

The New Zealand women’s table tennis team broke Indian hearts on the opening day of the Commonwealth Games.The New Zealanders fought back from a match deficit of 2-1 to beat India 3-2, despite the overwhelmingly noisy support for the home team from a capacity crowd.Karen Li, the New Zealand No 1, battled back from 2-1 down to beat Shamini Kumaresan in five, which left the fate of the tie in the hands of New Zealander Annie Yang and her Indian opponent Madhurika Suhas Patkar.

Knight only squash casualty

05 October 2010

The New Zealand squash team finished the first day of their Commonwealth Games campaign with a just one loss.Campbell Grayson in the men’s singles, and Jaclyn Hawkes and Joelle King in the women’s singles survived, but Martin Knight, the 15th seed, bowed out of the men’s singles.Knight, after a comfortable 11-3, 11-2, 11-5 first round victory against Hardeep Real of Kenya, went down in four tough games to Chris Simpson of Guernsey in a strength-sapping 63-minute battle of attrition.Before the match, the contest shaped as a 50:50 bet and the pair proved extremely even.

No trouble in the badminton

05 October 2010

The New Zealand badminton team had a gentle introduction to the Commonwealth Games with a 5-0 win over Jamaica in their first pool match.The New Zealanders, especially the women, were a class ahead.In the singles matches, Joe Wu beat Charles Pyne 21-13, 21-17 and Michelle Chan beat Alya Lewis 21-7, 21-10.The New Zealand women’s doubles pairing of Donna Haliday and Danielle Barry outplayed Lewis and Kristal Karjohn 21-1, 21-5, but in the men’s doubles, Henry Tam and Oliver Leydon-Davis had to work harder to beat Garron Palmer and Gareth Henry 21-18, 21-18.In the mixed dou

Bright start for table tennis women

04 October 2010

The New Zealand women’s table tennis team outclassed Ghana 3-0 in their opening match at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games tournament today.None of the New Zealanders – Annie Yang, Karen Li and Yang Sun – were ever in danger of dropped even one set.Yang beat Akosua Ketu 11-4, 11-2, 11-6; Li beat Beatrice Gyasi 11-5, 11-2, 11-2; and Sun beat Efua Owusu-Agyei 11-3, 11-2, 11-3.

Erakovic strolls through first round

04 October 2010

Marina Erakovic hasn’t had the happiest time of it lately on the professional tennis tour. She has struggled for two years to overcome injuries after climbing into the world’s top 50 in 2008. However, the 22-year-old Aucklander is still one of the big names in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games tennis tournament. Her current world ranking of 321 has earned her a sixth seeding in the singles and today had no trouble winning her first round match 6-1, 6-0 against little-known Nikkita Fountain of the Bahamas.

Easy win for Silver Ferns

04 October 2010

Defending champions New Zealand opened their 2010 Commonwealth Games campaign with an emphatic 102-21 netball win over Papua New Guinea in Delhi today. The Silver Ferns, looking slick and confident, were untroubled against one of the minnows of world netball, and led 33-6, 57-12 and 86-16 at the three breaks. Coach Ruth Aitken used the gentle opener to get 11 of her players on court. The only one not to play was centre Temepara George, who will have plenty of work when the more challenging matches arrive later in the tournament.

Strong showing by hockey women

04 October 2010

New Zealand recovered from a sluggish start to beat Wales 5-1 in their opening women’s hockey match at the Delhi Commonwealth Games today.Despite having an overwhelming amount of possession, New Zealand went to the halftime break only 1-1. However, they applied themselves in the second spell and scored from a succession of penalty corners.The impressive final scoreline could have been even more lopsided, but for a missed second half penalty stroke.

Moss Says Swim Felt Faster

04 October 2010

Moss Burmester has lost his Commonwealth Games 200m butterfly crown, after he failed to make the final in the Delhi pool this morning. Burmester was 10th fastest in the heats, missing this evening's final by .45sec on an otherwise positive opening session for New Zealand. After the race he told reporters he thought in the pool he was going better than the time indicated.

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04 October 2010

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Day One of competition to begin today

04 October 2010

The Delhi Commonwealth Games officially opened this morning with a grand Opening Ceremony. Now the action is about to begin. On our website www.29028.co.nz we will have all the action covered over the next 11 days including photos, schedules and results. If you would like to send messages of support please do so on the 29028 facebook page. What Kiwis are in action on Day One?

Let them know how great they looked!

04 October 2010

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