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Through the lens: Kiwis' week at the Games - in pictures

Kiwi BMXer Rebecca Petch and Natalia Afremova of the Russian Olympic Committee get airborne. Photo / Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

After months of uncertainty about whether it would even go ahead, the first full week of Olympics action has not disappointed.

By Friday evening, New Zealand had already secured eight medals - including three gold - courtesy of our rowers, All Blacks Sevens, men's doubles tennis pair, and triathlete Hayden Wilde.

Friday saw a golden hour for Team NZ, with Emma Twigg winning the final of the women's single sculls - after successive fourth-place finishes in London (2012) and Rio de Janeiro (2016), before the men's rowing eight stunned the field in a dramatic sprint finish.

The women's eight were