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The All Blacks have beaten Australia 38-21 in their final game of the 2021 Bledisloe Cup series played in Perth.

The win means that New Zealand won the series 3-0. They also ensured a bonus point which will help them in the Rugby Championship table.

The All Blacks were dominate from the start, leading 18-0 at half-time, despite being reduced to 14 men for 20 minutes as Jordie Barrett was sent off.

However, under a new law being trialled in the Rugby Championship, a player who has received a red card can be replaced 20 minutes later. this mean that Damian McKenzie’s arrival brought New Zealand back up to 15 men.

The All Blacks victory is all the more impressive given regular captain Sam Whitelock and first-choice backs Richie Mo’unga and Aaron Smith all stayed in New Zealand for the birth of their children.

New Zealand are now top of the Rugby Championship table after two games and paly Argentina on 12 September.

Line-ups

Australia: Banks; Kellaway, Ikitau, Kerevi, Koroibete; Lolesio, McDermott; Slipper, Fainga’a, Alaalatoa, Swain, Philip, Swinton, Hooper (capt), Valetini.

Replacements: Lonergan, Bell, Tupou, Rodda, Samu, White, Hodge, Petaia.

New Zealand: J Barrett; Jordan, Lienert-Brown, Havili, R Ioane; B Barrett, Weber; Bower, Taylor, Laulala, Retallick, S Barrett, A Ioane, Papalii, Savea (capt).

Replacements: Taukei’aho, Tu’inukuafe, Ta’avao, Vaa’i, Blackadder, Perenara, McKenzie, Bridge.

Danielle Aitchison has won New Zealand’s forth medal of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Aitchison finished second in the women’s 200m T36 at the Olympic stadium in Tokyo. Danielle was 1.67 seconds behind the world record holder, Shi Yiting from China.

Aitchison finished easily more than a second clear of the bronze medal winner, Yanina Andrea Martinez from Argentina.

Danielle Aitchison was overcome with joy after the race and said that she was very happy with how she ran and to get a silver medal is just like the icing on the cake.

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 29: Silver medalist Danielle Aitchison of Team New Zealand poses in the podium after the Women’s 200m – T36 Final on day 5 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images for New Zealand Paralympic Committee)

New Zealand Shot putter Lisa Adams has won New Zealand’s second gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Adams set a new Paralympic record in the F37 shot put, beating her rival Mi Na from China with a throw of 15.12 meters.

All of Lisa Adams throws were worthy of winning the gold medal, with her shortest throw being 14.34 metre.

The 30-year-old said that winning a gold was a dream come true and said ‘Its unreal’ in her interview.

Lisa Adams is coached by her sister and two-time Olympic champion, Dame Valerie Adams who won a bronze medal at Tokyo Olympic Games 2020.

This year the Tokyo Olympic Games were like no other. After the games were postponed to 2021 due to Coronavirus, many people were unsure if the games were even going to go ahead. It was announced that, at the Tokyo Olympics, there were to be no crowds or spectators to watch the games.

Athletes from all over the globe came to Tokyo, Japan to compete in the Olympics and to represent and make their country proud.

Team USA had the most Olympians compete in the Games, with over 600 participants.

The New Zealand team weren’t the biggest of all, but we sure did stun the other countries with our many victories just for our small country of 5 million. Many New Zealanders had the privilege to have an Olympic medal around their neck and be able to call themselves an Olympian.

I believe that all of the athletes who were representing NZ did an awesome job. But, if I were to pick a certain athlete who did the best for our country, it would have to be Lisa Carrington. She won 3 gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics, and with this total she became New Zealand’s most successful Olympian with 6 medals in total.

My favourite sport to watch in the 2020 Olympics was Track Cycling. New Zealand’s track Cycling team was very successful and truly deserved to win. We won 2 silver in the Track Cycling, in which I believe is a great success. To think that we were up against the best countries, and to get 2 medals is something to be proud of.

Overall, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games was New Zealand’s most successful Olympic games. To send 211 athletes over to Tokyo was awesome for a team of 5 million. We won 20 medals in total and came 13th on the medal table. All of the participants who took part in the Olympics from New Zealand made their country and family proud.

I loved watching the Olympics from NZ and to see a very muchly different Olympics. The 2020 Games will be something that I will remember.

The final result of the 2020 Olympic games medal table has ended with the United States leading by winning the most gold medals.

With a final total of 39 gold, 41 silver, and 33 bronze, USA came out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with 113 medals. After being behind China for the majority of the Olympics, United States came through in the end and won a few golds to put them in the top position.

The Medal table works by the total amount of Gold medals, not all round medals, this means that the US would’ve been in the lead if it was the total medals.

New Zealand finished 13th on the medal table with 7 golds. We were behind Brazil who had one more Bronze medal than NZ.

Although, if it were the total medals per Capita, New Zealand would be in 4th place with a population of 253,801 per medal. Using the same scale NZ is in third place in the Gold medals per capita division with a population of 688,890 per gold medal.

Lydia Ko has claimed bronze in the women’s individual golf at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

By winning bronze, Ko created Olympic history with becoming the only two-time Olympic medallist in women’s golf history. With golf only held in the 1900, 1904, 2016 and the 2020 Olympic games, Lydia is now part of Olympic history with winning two medals.

Lydia Ko paid tribute to her grandmother who passed away and honoured the memories of her. Ko said that it was a great privilege to represent New Zealand and to claim two medals for New Zealand.

She came third with a score of six under 65 in the final round and was beaten by Nelly Korda and Mone Inami. In the 2016 Rio Olympics Lydia Ko won a silver medal at the age of 19 years.

The strongest Olympic athlete has been found in the weightlifting division.

Lasha Talakhadze, the weightlifter from Georgia, broke his own record and lifted 488kg to win the Gold.

That is equivalent to the weight of 67 shot puts, a piano, or an average sized camel.

Talakhadze was the 2016 Rio Olympic champ, so it was basically a competition with himself. All of the other competitors had finished lifting before he had even started.

Of course the Georgian did not lift 488 all at once, he set a world record in the snatch division with 233kg and 265kg.

After this he said that he is aiming to go for a combined total of 500kg, which he would become the first man in history to do so.

Do you think that you could ever lift 265kgs?

The fastest 100m sprinters female and male runners have been found in the Tokyo Olympic games.

In the men’s race, the first place winner was crowned by Lamont Marcell Jacobs, who became the first Italian to win the most coveted crown in athletics. He won in a shock victory with a false start from the Great Britain athlete.

With a personal best of 9.84 seconds, Jacob’s broke his and the European record with a time of 9.80 seconds.

Most people had never heard about the Italian, Jacobs, but he had made impressive progress and broke the European record twice on his way to victory.

In the women’s race, Elaine Thompson-Herah from Jamaica, won with a blistering time of 10.61 seconds. With this time Elaine became the second fastest women to run the 100m sprint.

Elaine Thompson-Herah now stands as the fastest women alive, beating her team-mate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Jamaica took all three medals in the women’s race with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce taking the silver and Shericka Jackson claiming bronze.

This is the second time in four years that there has been three women Jamaicans who have won all of the medals in the 100m sprint.

A Russian athlete almost stole New Zealand’s first Gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The sly switch almost went down as the Kiwi rowers Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler were being given their gold medals for winning the women’s pair rowing final.

When the silver medals were being awarded, one of the Russian athletes grabbed the gold medal right before her teammate reminded her that it wasn’t hers.

She then suddenly reached out for the silver.

Luckily it was all a funny mix up and the Russian rowers had a good laugh.

Have you ever wondered what an Olympic Gold medal is worth?

Well, if the International Olympic Committee still gave solid gold medals to first place finishers, the medals would be very valuable.

So, after the 1912 Olympic Games, the IOC made the change to silver medals covered in gold. This means that if an Olympian is looking to melt their medal and sell it, the medal will not go for quite as much money.

The gold medals in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been designed by Japanese designer, Junichi Kawanishi. The medals he created compromise roughly of 6 grams of gold on top of 550 grams of pure silver. The value of the Gold medal isn’t exactly static, but if the cost would be above $800.

Even with the change of material in gold medals, many athletes have sold them for much more than $800.

Mark Wells from the United States, in 2010 sold his medal to a collector which sold for $311,000. And then four years later Mark Pavelich auctioned his medal for $262,900.

Many medals have been sold over the years, one of Jesse Owen’s gold medals was sold for $1.47 million in 2013.