Delhi – Day Two

05 October 2010

What to watch on Day Two Swimming The heats continue in the pool with Moss Burmester back in action in the 50m butterfly along with Dan Snyders in the 100m breaststroke (4pm). The finals tonight will feature Daniel Bell and Gareth Kean in the 50m backstroke (11.25pm). 4-6pm Heats Moss Burmester - men's 50m butterfly heats Natasha Hind - women's 100 freestyle heats Melissa Ingram - women's 100 back heats Hayley Palmer - women's freestyle heats Penelope Marshall - women's freestyle heats Glenn Snyders - 100m breaststroke heats Emily Thomas - 100m backstroke heats

Smashed Record But Missed Bronze

05 October 2010

Southlander Natalie Wiegersma smashed her New Zealand record in New Delhi tonight, only to miss a Commonwealth Games bronze by a finger tip. With only the freestyle left in the women's 200m individual medley, Wiegersma was third. She was gunned down by Canadian Julia Wilkinson in the shadow of the wall. Wilkinson nailed the bronze with just .03 seconds to spare, leaving Wiegersma with only a national record of 2min 12.12sec to ease the pain.

Head Held High

05 October 2010

Sports commentator Joseph Romanos writes... Though he hasn’t announced it yet, Moss Burmester looks headed for retirement. If that’s the case, he should do so with head held high. His has been a career to be mighty proud of. Burmester’s failure to qualify for the 200m butterfly final in this morning’s heats at the Delhi Commonwealth Games must have been soul-destroying for him. Not surprisingly, he pronounced himself “gutted” afterwards. The North Shore man was the defending champion in the 200m, his specialty.

The hero from Southland

05 October 2010

New Zealand’s men’s archery team had a memorable first day at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.Steve Clifton, Shaun Teasdale and Tony Waddick scored consistently well in the 72-shot round.Their combined scores placed them third among the competing teams.Clifton shot 702 (of a possible 720), the third best individual total of the day. Teasdale was below his best, but managed 699 and Southlander Waddick emerged as the real hero among the New Zealanders.

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.

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