Rio 2016 - Day One

Posted 7 August 2016

Overnight our athletes were hard at work. Here’s a quick wrap up of the results from day one.

New Zealand’s rowers got off to a strong start going close to a clean sweep of wins. Six of the seven rowing crews in action today won their heats to advance through to quarterfinals or semifinals, with only the men’s quad missing out.

  • Men’s Single Sculls Heat, Mahe Drysdale -1st
  • Women’s Single Sculls Heat, Emma Twigg - 1st
  • Men’s Pair Heat, Hamish Bond and Eric Murray - 1st
  • Women’s Double Sculls Heat, Eve Macfarlane and Zoe Stevenson - 1st
  • Men’s Double Sculls Heat, Robbie Manson and Chris Harris - 1st
  • Men’s Lightweight Four Heat, James Lassche, Peter Taylor, Alistair Bond and James Hunter - 1st
  • Men’s Quad Heat, Nathan Flannery, John Storey, George Bridgewater and Jade Uru - 4th (will now face a repecharge)


Rugby 7’s
The New Zealand women’s sevens team showed off their class smashing Kenya as they Olympics welcomed rugby sevens to the fold.

  • NZ Women’s vs Kenya win 52-0
  • NZ Women’s vs Spain win 31-5


Road Cycling

  • George Bennett - 33rd
  • Zac Williams - DNF

Men’s Hockey
Despite a dramatic second half, the New Zealand Men were beaten by Australia 2-1 in their opening match.

100m breakstroke, Glenn Snyders - 6= in heats. After a withdrawal from his opponent in the swim-off, Glenn is through to the semifinal.


  • Eventing - Individual Dressage, Sir Mark Todd - 44 points
  • Eventing - Individual Dressage, Tim Price - 47 points