NZ Competition Results from Monday 6 July

Competition results from Monday 6 July

Rowing

Outstanding efforts by the Kiwi rowers have seen all four go through to finals on Tuesday, with three in an A finals and one a B final.
Toby Cunliffe-Steel won his race in the men's lightweight single scull in 7:11.58.

In the other results: Rachael Kennedy rowed 7:58.97 in the women's lightweight single scull; Joshua Earl was 7:09.02 in the men's single scull; and Adelle Stead rowed 7:58.85 to secure her spot in the B final of the women's single scull.
 
 

Swimming

Shaun Burnett says he is back on track after racing a personal best, swimming 1:58.58 to put him through to the semi-finals in the men’s 200m butterfly on day three of the competition in the pool at the World University Games.

Burnett says it was the first time in two and a half years that he had swum the time, and he was able to pull it together to do a similar time in his semi-final, finishing his race in 1:58.83 in seventh.

``This morning’s race I just stuck to my race strategy and it pretty much all came together. I haven’t done this time for the last two and a half years so I’m back on track. I think it was 2013, I went 1:58.70 so since then I haven’t even been close to my time.

``It’s good to look forward now to the Olympic trials and know what I need to work on and what I’ve done so far.’’

Burnett says he’s been enjoying competing at the Games and says the standard is tough.

``I was expecting it to be tough and I’m glad it is because that’s what you want when you race the world.’’

Other racing on Monday included Caroline Baddock who swam 1:02.06 in her heat in the women’s 100m backstroke to also make it through to the semi-finals, when she swam 1:02.01 to finish fifth.

Kate Godfrey improved on her previous personal best of 1:03.8 to swim 1:02.55 in her heat in the women’s 100m backstroke on day three of the swimming competition at the Games.

Read the story here on Stuff about Ewan Jackson's swim on Sunday.
 

Table Tennis

The men's team won against Mongolia in pool play on their opening day of competition.

Both the men’s and women’s teams lost 0-3 this morning and in the afternoon the women lost against Mongolia 1-3 in a long, close match against Mongolia. But the men’s team then gained the upper hand against Mongolia to win 3-2 - with Jonathan Wang winning two singles and Roger Rao one in a best of five.

Jonathan felt nervous going in to the first set but then told himself to ``just go for it’’.

He focused and played tactically to slow the game down and put more spin on the ball, in contrast to the very fast playing style of the Asian nations.

Natalie Paterson said the matches had been really close and she was gutted not to have beaten the Mongolian women’s team. But she had achieved goals of staying positive, playing aggressively, winning sets, and staying in rallies well. ``It was a really good fight by all of us.’’

The men and women have further pool play on Tuesday.
 
 

Athletics

New Zealand track and field athletes are ``fizzing’’ and ready to compete, Athletics team leader Terry Lomax says.

The first day of the athletics competition gets underway on Wednesday.

Among those competing on the first day are Jack Henry, of Christchurch, and Aaron Booth, from Auckland, who will be competing in the men’s decathlon – who are both at their first major international competition.

Kelsey Berryman, of Christchurch, another young athlete who is gaining her first experience of competing at this level of competition will also be in action in the 100m on Wednesday. ``She’s fizzing, ready to go and that is pretty much the case with all our guys, they can’t wait to compete now.’’

Terry says all the athletes in the athletics team have been training well in the build-up to their competition. They were training sensibly and not over-training, which was a temptation at an international competition like the Games.

The track, a brand new surface, will be fast and some of the athletes who had trained on the surface two days ago were having back-up sessions today to get more used to the track. For example, the two women high jumpers in the team, Elizabeth Lamb and Keeley O’Hagan, had found the fast track had affected their run ups, so they were training again on the track to get more accustomed to the speed of the surface, Terry says.