Two more silvers

Two more silver medals for Kiwi competitors in cycling and rowing.

Stuff reports:

Gold was their goal, but New Zealand’s sprint trio were still smiling as they tipped their helmets to Great Britain after missing the top level of the Olympic dais by an agonising 0.102 seconds.

The two-time world champion trio of Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins proudly displayed their silver medals after riding the three fastest times of their lives at the Olympic Velodrome in Rio.

It still wasn’t enough in the gold medal ride as Great Britain defended their London 2012 title in a gripping, frantic three-lap battle. Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner scorched around in an Olympic record 42.440sec, with the New Zealanders clocking 42.542.

Great close race.

And Stuff also reports:

Patience and self-belief have powered Kiwi rowers Rebecca Scown and Genevieve Behrent to an Olympic silver medal that could so nearly have been a momentous gold.

Trailing the field through the first 500m in the women’s pair final, the New Zealanders knocked their opponents off one-by-one but ran out of time to catch defending champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain on Friday (Saturday NZ Time).

An amazing finish by the rowers but credit to the GB team for holding on.

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