Despite New Zealand’s modest size, it has been able to produce countless world-class athletes. Many of them have won Olympic medals for the country. The London 2010 games were particularly successful for the Kiwis with its largest delegation hauling 6 golds, 2 silvers, and 5 bronze medals. People are hoping for a similar outcome in Rio this August. The slots are being filled up with the medal contenders becoming clear. Sports such as sailing, rowing, cycling, and athletics are being counted upon to deliver the goods once again. Get to know the teams and use free bets Australia to support your favourites.
Sailing was responsible for a total of five medals from London. Three of these are gold while two are bronze. The golds were from the single sculls, pair, and double sculls events. One bronze came from the lightweight double sculls. All of these were from men’s teams. The other bronze was obtained by a women’s team for the pair event. Juliette Haigh and Rebecca Scown finished in 7:30.19 to secure the medal. The 2016 rowing teams feature both Olympic veterans and rookies. Mahe Drysdale, Eric Murray, and Hamish Bond are returning to defend their titles. It will be interesting if they can frustrate their challengers.
Lots of athletes qualified for the sailing competition in London with most having excellent results in the games. The most successful of them was the women’s team of Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie who competed in the 470 event of the fleet racing category. They emerged as the overall victors giving New Zealand another sweet golden finish. The pair has qualified again for Rio in the same event. They will be joined by a sizeable contingent of both men and women for the other events in the sport. Everyone is hoping that prove their supremacy on the waters around the Brazilian coast.
There are four major categories in the sport for 2016 including road, track, BMX, and mountain biking. Cycling added one silver and two bronze medals to the country’s tally four years ago. Sarah Walker took 2nd in the women’s BX event while the men finished third in the team pursuit on the track. Simon van Velthooven followed these up with another third place finish in the men’s keirin before the games closed. The full roster for cycling is yet to be finalized but many are bullish about a Kiwi bagging another medal in one of the events.
New Zealand’s gold in athletics took a rather odd route. Valerie Adams competed in the shot put event in London and had throws that were good enough to give her the silver. A Belarus athlete won the gold at the time. However, subsequent testing showed that the champion was positive for a banned anabolic steroid. She was stripped of the medal which was then given to Adams on September of that year. It is quite incredible that she is again representing the country for her fourth Olympic games in Rio.