Rio Olympics 2016: While you were sleeping - day five

The women's Black Sticks celebrate scoring a goal against Spain. Photo / AP
The women's Black Sticks celebrate scoring a goal against Spain. Photo / AP

- The 'All Blacks' sevens reach the quarter-finals against Fiji, despite losing their second pool match 21-19 to Great Britain.
- Mike Dawson finishes 10th in the canoe slalom final.
- World champion Linda Villumsen finishes sixth in cycling road time trial.
- New Zealand's oldest Olympian Julie Brougham, 62, is 12th in the dressage so far.
- Rowing was abandoned again and can handle one more day of poor weather before applying drastic schedule changes.
- Women's Black Sticks beat Spain 2-1 to keep quarter-final hopes alive.
- Corey Main in 200m backstroke and Bradlee Ashby in the 200m medley have qualified for the semi-finals.
- Defending champions Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie finished sixth in the opening race of sailing's 470 class.

If it wasn't for Fiji, the New Zealand sevens team would be out of the Olympics.

Now the two sides face off in the quarter-finals.

The New Zealand men's sevens team scraped through to the knock-out phase by a single point on the differential.

They were unable to control their own destiny, losing 21-19 to Great Britain and had to rely on Fiji beating the United States 24-19 to qualify as one of two wildcards.

The US missed a late conversion.

On the upside, New Zealand canoe slalom representative Mike Dawson has finished 10th in his maiden Olympic final.

The top 10 went through in the kayak section, meaning the 29-year-old improved on his 15th place at the London Games.

He posted a time of 91.47s and collected no penalty points in his semi-final but could not match that in the final, completing the course in 93.07s.
Rio woke to rain, wind and mist, affecting a host of Kiwis involved in overnight action.

A capricious wind saw a second day of the regatta postponed because of unrowable conditions, resulting in a shuffling of the schedule.

Four Kiwi crews will face one-day gaps between their semi-final and final, if they qualify, as the last four days get jammed into three.

There were to be four New Zealand boats to contest sudden-death races but they must now wait for what will be a hefty programme tomorrow.

The semi-finals of the women's pair and lightweight double sculls and the men's and women's eights repechages were impacted.

The adverse weather also affected Linda Villumsen, New Zealand's road cycling time trial world champion.

The 31-year-old finished sixth on the hilly 29.9km course.

"It was pretty rough conditions," Villumsen told NZ Newswire.

"There were gusty winds, and rain, especially on the descents."

The women's Black Sticks eked out a 2-1 victory over Spain to keep their hopes of a quarter-final place alive.

In the individual dressage, Julie Brougham recorded a score of 68.543 in her Grand Prix ride to give herself a chance of progressing tomorrow.

Corey Main and Bradlee Ashby have qualified for the semi-finals in the 200m backstroke and 200m medley respectively.

Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie finished sixth in the opening race of sailing's 470 class.

In progress/ still to come:
Equestrian: Dressage - Julie Brougham, from 1am
Sailing: Men's 470 - Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox, Race 1 4.05am, Race 2, 5.30am
Sailing: Finn class - Josh Junior, Race 3 4.05am, Race 4 5.30am
Sailing: Laser - Sam Meech, Race 5 4.05am and Race 6 5.30am
Sailing: Nacra - Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders, Race 1 4.05am, Race 2 5.05am, Race 3 6.05am
Sailing: Women's 470 - Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie, Race 1 4.15am, Race 2, 5.40am
Rugby sevens: Men's quarter-final (if qualified)
Hockey: Pool match, Men's Black Sticks v Brazil, 10.30am
Golf: Men's stroke play, Ryan Fox and Danny Lee, 10.30pm

- NZ Herald

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