Sam Gaze has the distinction of being the final Kiwi in action at the Rio Olympics.



Gaze will saddle up for the mountain bike cross country at 3.30am with a chance of adding to New Zealand's already record haul of 18 medals.



The Tokoroa-born 20-year-old, who now lives in Cambridge, won silver in the event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.



A better pointer to his current form is his victory in the under-23 title at the UCI world championships in the Czech Republic in July.

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Gaze, who rides professionally for the Specialized Factory Team, won emphatically at Nove Mesto na Morave, producing the perfect ride to the perfect plan set by his coach Christoph Sauser, a former Olympic medallist.



He is the sole Kiwi mountain bike representative at the Olympics.



Gaze is in action a few hours before the Games' closing ceremony, which will take place at Rio's Maracana Stadium at 11.15am tomorrow New Zealand time.