Day six wrap up   21 Mar 2006

Cycling: Gordon McCauley turned in a personal best performance to earn a bronze medal in the men’s 49km time trial cycling race on Tuesday.

McCauley was timed at 49min 50.70s, which was 1min 13.41sec behind the winner, Australian Nathan O’Neill. The New Zealander said his time bettered his personal best for the distance by 1min 56s.

There were two other New Zealanders in the men’s race. Peter Latham was eighth with a time of 51min 21.73s and Logan Hutchings 12th in 51min 56.23s.

In the women’s time trial, Melissa Holt finished fourth and Alison Shanks seventh of the 14 starters. Holt’s time of 39min 02.53s left her 1min 21s behind the winner, Oenone Wood of Australia. Shanks covered the 29km in 40min 17.25s.

Swimming: The New Zealand women’s x 4 x 100m medley team missed a medal by the barest of margins in the final Commonwealth Games swimming session last night. They were timed at a New Zealand record 4min 06.30s, conceding the bronze to Canada by just 0.35s.

Hannah McLean led off sensationally for New Zealand in the backstroke leg and turned in the fastest split, even outpacing Australian backstroke queen Sophie Edington with a personal best of 1min 00.83s, which was not only a New Zealand record, but a Commonwealth Games record, too.

After McLean, Annabelle Carey did the breaststroke leg, handing over in third place after a 1min 32.90s effort. In the butterfly Liz Coster hung on to third with a 1min 00.06s split. This left Alison Fitch to jostle with English, Canadians and South Africans for the minor medals. Fitch held third until the final few strokes before being overtaken by Canadian Erica Morningstar. Fitch’s time was 55.68s.

Australia took more than a second off the world record with their winning time of 3min 56.30s.

Helen Norfolk swam a strong race in the women’s 400m individual medley, but after challenging for a medal for most of the journey, finished fifth. Norfolk swam 4min 48.09s. Australian Stephanie Rice won the race in 4min 41.91s.

New Zealand’s final appearance at the swimming was in the men’s 4 x 100m medley relay, in which Scott Talbot, Glenn Snyders, Moss Burmester and Cameron Gibson finished fifth in a New Zealand record of 3min 40.75s.

Athletics: Hot favourite Beatrice Faumuina was shut out of the medals in the women’s discus competition at the Melbourne Cricket Ground tonight. Faumuina, who had won the gold medal at the previous two Commonwealth Games, had a night to forget and finished only fourth.

Her best throw of 59.12m looked to have earned her a bronze medal until Australian Dani Samuels stepped up with her last throw and managed 59.44m. The competition was won by South African Elizna Naude with 61.55m, followed by Indian Seema Antil, with 59.77m.

Faumuina had no excuses afterwards. "I never thought about the gold medal," she said. "I just focused on my performance, but tonight it didn’t happen for me. I had a few technical faults. It just wasn’t my day."

Aucklander Brent Newdick, in his first major decathlon, finished a creditable fourth. The 21-year-old finished with 7566 points, just outside his personal best. The decathlon was won by Englishman Dean Macey, who totalled 8143 points.

Newdick showed plenty of promise and had some exceptionally good events, notably the pole vault, where his 4.70m clearance was the equal best of the eight decathletes still competing on the second day, and the high jump, in which his 1.99m leap placed him third. However, he struggled in the throwing disciplines, finishing sixth in the shot put and discus and a disastrous eighth in the javelin. He finished the gruelling event with a gutsy run of 4m in 44.41s in the 1500m.

On the first day of the heptathlon, neither New Zealand representative really fired. After four events, Rebecca Wardell was in eighth place with 3353 points and Sarah Crowley 11th on 3205 points. Englishwomen Kelly Sotherton and Jessica Ennis led the 12-strong field with 3922 and 3849 and points respectively.

Badminton: There was a clean sweep for New Zealand teams at the badminton. Rebecca Bellingham beat Australia 2-0 in her women’s singles match and Daniel Shirley and John Moody followed that with a 2-0 win over Northern Ireland in the men’s doubles. Rebecca Bellingham and Rachel Hindley kept the run going with a 2-0 win over Sri Lanka and Nicole Gordon and Sara Runesten Petersen completed a successful day with a 2-0 win over Canada.

Basketball: The women’s basketball team will play Australia for the gold medal after beating England 74-67 in their semi final. New Zealand led 38-26 at halftime and continued heir dominance in the second half to secure a finals spot. It was a tight final few minutes however as England threw everything at the New Zealanders as they tried to turn the match. In the other semi final the impressive Australians were far too good for Nigeria wining that semi final 105-49.

Boxing: New Zealand lost both remaining boxers on Tuesday night. Carl Commons was first up in the light welterweight class fighting Black Moses Matenghe of Kenya but the New Zealander was beaten on points 29-18. And in the super heavyweight division Greg Weenink was beaten by his English opponent David Price when the referee stopped the contest in the second round.

Gymnastics: Mark Holyoake’s finished seventh in the final of the Parallel Bars at the gymnastics. Mark finished with 14.05 to finish behind Canada, who took the gold medal and Australian gymnasts who picked up silver and bronze.

Hockey: The women’s hockey team produced a morale boosting 4-0 win over England as they sealed their spot in the semi finals of the event. Krystal Forgesson, Honor Dillon, Suzie Muirhead and Charlotte Harrison scored the goals, and therefore avoid Australia in the semi finals.

Lawn Bowls: The women’s pair of Jan and Marina Khan will play off for bronze after losing their quarter final to Australia in a play off. Jan and Marina lost the opening end 6-9 but bounced back to win the next end 11-2, before losing the tiebreak. Jan and Marina had set up the semi final with the Aussies after a 2-1 win over Swaziland earlier in the day.

In other bowls matches on Tuesday, Russel Meyer won his singles match against Guernsey 2-0 but Jo Edwards lost her singles match to the Cook Islands 2-1. The men’s pair lost their 9th-12th classification match 1.5-0.5 to Northern Ireland.

Netball: The netball team continued on its winning way with another convincing victory over South Africa. New Zealand won the match 74-37, although the second half of the game saw a drop off in intensity. New Zealand won the first quarter 23-11 and were even more convincing in winning the second quarter 23-5 for a 46-16 halftime lead. The last two quarters went New Zealand’s way 14-11 and 14-10.

Shooting: No luck again today for our shooters out at the range but it was a close run thing. Teresa Borrell finished 4th in the women’s trap after being locked in a battle for the bronze which eventually went to a shoot off. Nadine Stanton was 11th in the event. In the 10m men’s air rifle event, David Grummitt finished in sixth place with 530 points while Dayle Slinn was 19th wih 577 points. Greg Yelavich finished 13th in the men’s 50m pistol, while Alan Earle was back in 18th place.

Jocelyn Lees was 6th in the 25m air pistol while Andrea Bald came home in 14th place. In the men’s trap Graeme Ede is third equal at the moment while Alan Sinclair is seventh equal. And in the fullbore Brian Carter lies 8th and John Snowden 19th.

Table Tennis: It was an excellent start to the men’s and women’s singles for the New Zealand table tennis team. Of the nine games played only one was lost. The wins went the way of Andrew Hubbard (two wins), Shane Laugesen, Brad Chen, Annie Yang, Jenny Hung, Sophie Shu and Peter Jackson. Jenny was the only player that lost a match.

Weightlifting: Grant Cavit has finished fourth in the 94kg division of the weightlifting. Grant lifted 145kg in the snatch but in doing so injured his thigh and had to take care during the clean and jerk where he lifted 175kg for a combined total of 320kgs.

– www.olympic.org.nz

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