Top New Zealand women’s sailors Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have won silver in the 470 class at the Rio Olympics.
It completed a remarkable comeback for the Kiwis, who endured two disqualifications that effectively ended their hopes of defending the gold medal they won in London four years ago.
Aleh and Powrie battled back to enter the medal race on Friday (NZ time) in second place on the points table.
They duly came third in the double-points medal race to make the podium and claim a hard-earned silver.
Well done the sailors.
Stuff also reports:
There was not a hint of disappointment from Kiwi kayak queen Lisa Carrington as double-gold history proved just beyond her reach at the Rio Olympics, .
Carrington had to settle for the bronze medal, well behind dominant Hungarian Danuta Kozak, in the final of the K1 500m at the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon on Thursday (Friday NZ Time).
My favourite Olympian!
And later today a Gold will be confirmed:
It will be Day 13 of the Olympics and that will be unlucky for some. But New Zealand have one gold in the bag for the day – Peter Burling and Blair Tuke can’t be beaten in the men’s 49er skiff. They are too far ahead of the opposition heading into the final medal race.
That will give New Zealand four gold medals – putting the team equal with Kenya, Spain and Jamaica, if they are all luckless, and just one off US swimmer Michael Phelps.
We’re in 17th place at the moment for gold medals. We will move to 14th when the gold is awarded.
On medals per capita we are third.