Olympics: While You Were Sleeping - Day 11

By Dylan Cleaver

New Zealand's Simon van Velthooven crosses the line in a dead-heat with Teyn Mulder, Netherlands, for the bronze medal. Photo / Mark Mitchell
New Zealand's Simon van Velthooven crosses the line in a dead-heat with Teyn Mulder, Netherlands, for the bronze medal. Photo / Mark Mitchell

A quick bite of the best of the action from day 11 at the London 2012 Olympics.

Bronze number five
In a finish so close they couldn't separate them, Simon van Velthooven was awarded bronze along with Dutchman Teun Mulder in the final of the keirin. In a race won by an emotional Sir Chris Hoy, van Velthooven showed true grit to come around the outside to snatch bronze on the line. Hoy and silver medallist Max Levy had almost finished celebrating by the time van Velthooven was confirmed. It was New Zealand's first medal in sprint cycling and cycling's sixth in total.

Golden chance
What a day for Olivia Powrie and Jo Aleh in the 470s.

A pair of 1st placings has them in 1st overall with just three races, including the medal race, remaining. If Nick Willis finished out of the medals this morning in the 1500m final, they are now in pole.

In contrast, it was a calamitous day on the deep blue for the men's 470 team of Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders. A 13th and 12th has dropped them to fifth overall and well out of contention with just the medal race remaining. Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page lead, continuing a very good regatta for Australia. JP Tobin finished 8th in his RS:X medal race and 7th overall.

Kiwi men out of medals in triathlon
As expected, the triathlon became a walk in Hyde Park for the Brownlee brothers of Britain, Alastair and Jonny. The former won gold and the latter bronze, even after incurring a penalty. Spain's Javier Gomez was the meat in their medal sandwich. Bevan Docherty and Kris Gemmell ended their Olympic careers with respectable 12th and 15th placings respectively. Ryan Sissons, in his first Olympics, came home in 33rd. Laurent 'Mr Hewitt' Vidal of France was 5th, giving that relationship a very respectable cumulative total of 11th.

Kayak pair set to race for gold
Lisa Carrington and Erin Taylor have qualified for Thursday night's final of the K2 500m on Dorney Lake with the sixth fastest time. Carrington's favoured K1 200m is later in the week. Teneale Hatton will contest the 'B' final in the K1 500m.

The last night of the velodrome was much like the first... a triumph for the host nation who are so far ahead of the rest of the world in track cycling that it is hard to see them being toppled within the next Olympic cycle, pun not intended.

The Netherlands and Australia finished top of their respective pools in the men's hockey tournament. New Zealand plays it final Pool B match against Germany this morning.

- NZ Herald

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