Olympics: While You Were Sleeping - Day six

By Dylan Cleaver

Nathan Cohen and Joeseph Sullivan celebrate after crossing the line to win Olympic gold. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Nathan Cohen and Joeseph Sullivan celebrate after crossing the line to win Olympic gold. Photo / Brett Phibbs

A quick bite of the best of the action from day six at the London 2012 Olympics.

You weren't sleeping, were you?
Just in case you had a big day at work or school and decided to tuck yourself away nice and early, you only missed New Zealand's FIRST GOLD MEDAL! Joseph Sullivan and Nathan Cohen showed brilliant composure and no shortage of power in winning the double sculls in 6m 31s. They were last at the 500m, 5th at the 1000m, and a massive 3.4s behind the Slovenians, 4th at the 1500m and 1st at the only mark that counts. Well played, those men.

Not a great start at the velodrome
Eddie Dawkins could not get on the wheel of Ethan Mitchell at the start of their men's team sprint qualifying.

Their time of 44.175s put them into a knockout round against the powerful French, where they succumbed, though their time of 43.495s was much improved. The men's pursuit fared better, qualifying third with a time of 3m 57.607, although that paled in comparison to Great Britain's world record-setting 3m 52.499s. GB glamour girl Victoria Pendleton and her teammate Jess Varnish set a world record in the team sprint, but were then disqualified for a takeover infringement, much to the dismay of the crowd.

Boyle into final
Lauren Boyle set a New Zealand record when qualifying fifth for the final of the 800m in 8m 25.91s. She was just 1.07s outside the time of the third-placed qualifier, but thinks she needs to go 6s faster to have a chance of medalling. Boyle has been by some margin the best New Zealand performer in the pool, having finished eighth in the 400m final. Melissa Ingram missed the semifinals of the 200m backstroke, thus ending her Olympic career.

Sailors off the pace
A bad day on the South Coast for the 49er crew of Blair Tuke and Peter Burling. They finished 9th and 11th to slip to third behind Australia and GB. Dan Slater continues to slide down the Finn table after a 6th and 15th. Jason Saunders and Paul Snow-Hansen got off to a solid start in the 470, registering an 8th and 3rd to sit 4th overall after day one. The Star crew remains off the pace in 7th. The women's match-racing crew of Stephanie Hazard, Susannah Pyatt and Jenna Hansen has had four wins and six losses to sit in 8th. JP Tobin picked up a pair of eights.

And also...
A disappointed Luuka Jones is out of the canoe slalom after hitting a couple of rails during her run. She finished 14th.

Australia beat USA 1-0 in the women's jockey to draw level on points with New Zealand, who play Argentina this morning.

Andy Murray romped into the semifinals at Wimbledon, beating Nicolas Almagro 6-4 6-1. Cue more painful Murraymania. He will meet Novak Djokovic. The Fed Express is through to the semis as well. Top seed Victoria Azarenka is through in the women's draw, where she will meet Serena Williams.

Wiggomania, on the other hand, is just starting to ramp up. The most decorated Olympian in British history (seven medals, four gold) can't do anything wrong, except maybe for his facial hair. His hairdresser, Tina Williams, told BBC radio that she wished "I could have got my hands on them and give them a good tidy up... he's let them go a bit wild".

Medal watch:
China remain on top with 18 golds but it was briefly 19 before their women's sprint team were relegated to silver at the velodrome.
Hot: Great Britain are into the top five for the first time of the Games and now sit on five golds. They picked up their first on the cycling track in the men's sprint - with many more expected to come.
Cold: Australia did not win a gold medal today. Feel free to forward this link on to any Aussie mates.
On the rise: New Zealand of course. We jumped from 35th to 19th. Will we leapfrog Kazakhstan, with three golds, tonight?

- NZ Herald

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