New Zealand has added another bronze medal to its Olympic tally after Simon van Velthooven claimed third equal in the keirin final at the velodrome.
It is the first time in Olympic history that four medals were awarded in a single cycling event with Simon sharing the glory with Dutchman Teun Mulder.
Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie (NZL) competing in the Women’s Two Person Dinghy (470) event in The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. Photo onEdition.
The pair were each awarded a bronze, and the New Zealand and Dutch flags were raised together.
Simon dedicated the medal to all of New Zealand.
“All that hard work, everyone that’s looked after me, billeted me and fed me. It’s just a huge moment for everyone in BikeNZ in track cycling and in our team. I’m lost for words," said Simon.
Keirin racing is a form of cycle racing in which track cyclists sprint for victory following a speed-controlled start behind a pacer. It was developed in Japan around 1948 for gambling purposes and became an official event at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
Races are about two kilometres long made up of eight laps on a 250m track, six laps on a 333m track or five laps on a 400m track.
Lots are drawn to determine starting positions for the sprint riders behind the pacer, which is usually a motorcycle, but can be a derny or tandem bicycle.
Riders must remain behind the pacer for a predetermined number of laps. Initially it makes circuits at about 25kp/H, gradually increasing to about 50kp/H.
The pacer usually leaves the track approximately 600–700 meters before the end.
New Zealand Black Sticks drew 5-5 with Germany in the men’s hockey after leading for most of the game.
Although one of the slowest qualifiers Lisa Carrington and Erin Taylor will compete for a medal tomorrow night in the K2 500m.
Lisa and Erin finished fourth in their London Olympic semi-final late last night, good enough to secure a medal start at Eton Dorney.
The pair will have their work cut out for them to make the podium.
Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Teneale Hatton missed out on the women’s K1 500m final. Hatton finished fourth in her semi. She will paddle in the B-final and Steven Ferguson and Darryl Fitzgerald compete in tonight’s K2 1000 final.
New Zealand 470 sailors Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie performed perfectly to move into gold medal contention on the waters of Weymouth on Day ….with three races remaining.
The Kiwis won both races on the harbour course - the seventh and eighth of the regatta - to slip past the British team of Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark and assume top spot.
New Zealand’s Nick Willis has finished well back in the final of the men’s 1500m at the London Olympics.
The race was won by Algerian Tauofik Makhloufi in 3:34.08. Nick finished in ninth place in 3:36.94.
Day 12 Schedule:
K2 1000m final - Steven Ferguson, Darryl Fitzgerald - 9:16pm
Women’s 470 (Jo Aleh, Olivia Powrie) - 11pm
Men’s 49er - medal race (Peter Burling, Blair Tuke) - 12am
Cycling - BMX
Seeding run - women (Sarah Walker) - 2am
Seeding run - men (Marc Willers, Luke Pickard) - 2.40am
NZ women v Netherlands - 2.40am.
New Zealand sits 17th on the medal table with three gold medals, one silver and five bronze medals.
Australia now sits at 11th with four-golds, 12 silver medals and nine-bronze medals.
China leads the table with 34 golds, 21 silvers and 18 bronze medals.
USA is sitting on second with 30 golds, 18 silvers and 21 bronze medals.
Great Britain is at third place with 22 golds, 13 silver and 13 bronze.