Olympics: While You Were Sleeping - Day 12

By Dylan Cleaver

Black Sticks goalkeeper Bianca Russell saves a shot from Netherlands Maartje Paumen during their semifinal penalty shootout. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Black Sticks goalkeeper Bianca Russell saves a shot from Netherlands Maartje Paumen during their semifinal penalty shootout. Photo / Brett Phibbs

A quick bite of the best of the action from day 12 at the London 2012 Olympics.

Heartbreak for Black Sticks
An astonishing game of hockey at the Riverbank Stadium. After 70 minutes of normal time and 15 minutes of golden goal, the Netherlands and New Zealand could not be separated from their 2-2 draw.

That forced them into a shootout from the 25m line. It was agony for New Zealand, with Holland winning 3-1 in the shootout. Still, it was a remarkable, brave performance from the Black Sticks who will meet hosts Great Britain in the bronze medal playoff. If you felt nothing after watching Anita Punt dissolve into tears at the end, then you've a hard heart indeed.

A ton of medals
New Zealand won its 100th Olympic medal, silver to Pete Burling and Blair Tuke in the 49er. Okay, so it might be bit of a contrived achievement, but let's rejoice anyway after what has been a marginally disappointing couple of days (think Willis and Adams). Harry Kerr was the first, in London, in 1908 in the sadly discontinued 3.5km walk. He was representing Australasia, or Aus Zealand as it is now known.

Going for gold
In other sailing news, Olivia Powrie and Jo Aleh continued their hot 470 form in the day's first race, finishing second. Disaster struck in the second, when they finished 18 of 20 crews. That will be their discard score and they remain in gold medal position on countback from Great Britain going into tomorrow night's medal race. It is largely irrelevant though. Whichever crew finishes ahead in that race wins gold, the other silver.

Newdick underway in decathlon
Brent Newdick set a personal best in the shot put during day one of the decathlon and is sitting 10th of 31 athletes after three events. Former Olympic champion Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic has withdrawn with a foot injury. His event continues with the high jump and 400m this morning. Lucy van Dalen is also competing in the 1500m semifinal this morning, and Stuart Farquhar is in the qualifying stages of the javelin.

Walker second in BMX seeding race
In the seeding runs for the BMX competition, Sarah Walker qualified second with a time of 38.644s. Only Caroline Buchanan of Australia was quicker, clocking 38.434s. In the men, Marc Willers was 10th in 38.687s and Kurt Pickard 16th in 39.057s.

In case you missed it last night, Steven Ferguson and Darryl Fitzgerald finished 7th in the K21000m final, 2.5s behind Hungarian winners Rudolf Dombi and Roland Kokeny.

- NZ Herald

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