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Natalie Wiegersma has withdrawn from the finals of the womens’ IM400 that were scheduled to take place in Delhi this afternoon.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

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.

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