This will be Hamish Pepper’s third Olympic Games having represented New Zealand twice before in Atlanta 1996 and in Athens 2004. Both previous appearances have been in the single-handed dinghy the Laser, and Pepper finished 10th in 1996 and 7th in 2004.
Glasgow 2014 was the third Commonwealth Games for Casey, helping her team earn silver in the final game against Australia.
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There are many stories of New Zealanders who narrowly missed winning an Olympic medal. Perhaps none were unluckier than Christchurch shot put and discus expert Val Young, who could easily have won not one but three Olympic medals.
Caroline Powell (nee Turner) was born in Lower Hutt in 1973, but for a long time Christchurch was home.
She moved to Scotland in 1992 to work in Clive Storey’s point-to-point yard and raced five times before “retiring”.
Shortly before his death in 1994, Arthur Porritt was musing on the irony of his life. Through his long life, Porritt achieved an enormous amount, yet he considered he was best remembered for something he did way back in 1924 in less than 11 seconds.
It’s sports trivia time. Who won a national junior hammer-throwing title, a New Zealand heavyweight weightlifting championship and was part of a champion sprint-relay combination?
Need more clues? He represented New Zealand at every Olympic and Commonwealth Games from 1958-72.
Still no? He won 13 national senior shot put titles and 11 senior discus titles.
Darren Liddel shone only briefly of the New Zealand sports landscape, but he was brilliant when he was at his peak.
The giant Aucklander won three weightlifting gold medals in the superheavyweight division at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games, smashing three Commonwealth Games records along the way.
Peter Welsh is a bit of a mystery figure in New Zealand sport, one of those athletes who had one truly magnificent day when he was as good as anyone in the world.