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Lisa Carrington has lead the most successful Olympic Team in New Zealand’s history into Maracana Stadium for the closing ceremony at the Rio Games.
The kayaker was chosen for the honour after she became the first New Zealand female athlete to win two medals – gold and bronze – at a single Olympic Games.
We won 18 medals – four of them gold – and are set to officially finish 19th on the medal table.
The New Zealand team was 199 strong, making it the largest Olympic team we have sent to a Games. The team was also the best funded. $115 million was poured into Olympic sports in the four years since London.
Sailing and athletics were the most successful sports, returning four medals.
But chef de mission Rob Waddell said one of the most pleasing aspects of New Zealand’s Rio campaign was the success achieved in a diversity of sports.

Mahy Drysdale has won the men’s single sculls at the Rio Olympics.
The kiwi collected our gold second medal of the Games with a dramatic photo finish victory.
Drysdale went into the final as the defending Olympic champion and title favourite.
However, Croatia’s Damir Martin had other plans. the Crotian led the field by a boat length after 1000m but by the 1500m mark Drysdale was in front and he appeared to have the race under control.
But a sensational burst by the Croatian seemingly beat Drysdale right on on the line.
There was then a nervous wait for a minute and a half as the judges checked the photo finish – before awarding the race to Drysdale but crediting both rowers with the same time.
Below is the photo finish. The kiwi boat is the top boat.
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Rowing greatest team Hamish Bond and Eric Murray have won New Zealand’s first gold at the Rio Olympics.
The pair have won the the men’s pair final and means their run of victories now sits at 69 races.
Bond and Murray sat in about third position over the first 500m of the 2000m race.
But, by the 1000m mark they were a boat length ahead.
At the 1500m the rest of the field were simply battling it out for second with Bond and Murray two and a half lengths in front.
While the South African crew pegged back some of that lead over the final 500m to finish second, the New Zealanders won by over a boat length with Italy third.

The water in the Olympic diving pool has turned a bright green and nobody knows why.

The strange colour of the water started last night during the women’s 10-metre final and progressively got worse.

Experts have said the water is clean and perfectly healthy, but some divers have expressed concerns over water quality.

The strange shade of the Rio pool generated jokes about algae and dye on social media and overshadowed the women’s 10-metre final.

The problem may come from a faulty filter or problematic water quality.

New Zealand Women’s Sevens team have won a silver medal at the Rio Olympic games.
New Zealand played Australia in the final.
New Zealand scored first with a try to Kayla McAlister. However, Australia soon scored two quick tries in return. New Zealand player Portia Woodman was sin binned at the end of the first half for a deliberate knock-on.
Half time score: Australia 10, New Zealand 5.
Australia ran away with the game (and the gold medal) in the second half with three further tries.
Two late tries in the game to Kayla McAlister and Portia Woodman for New Zealand just wasn’t enough.
Final score Australia 24, New Zealand 17.
The New Zealand girls performed an emotional haka at the conclusion of the game.  They can be very proud of their performance at this Olympics!

New Zealand’s Olympic team has officially been welcomed to the Games village.
New Zealand’s national anthem was played and the country’s flag raised in a ceremony which chef de mission Rob Waddell said also highlighted the Brazilian culture.
“It was smart and well-co-ordinated and we felt 100 per cent welcome,” he said.
The Football Ferns were first to arrive in Rio, and have been living in the Olympic Village since July 24.
However, not all the New Zealand team has arrived yet. By the start of the games the number of Kiwi athletes will grow to 123.
Rio 2016 opening ceremony kicks off at 11am(NZT) on Saturday 6 August.
Olympic Village
An Olympic Village is an accommodation center built for the Olympic Games, usually within an Olympic Park or elsewhere in a host city. Olympic Villages are built to house all participating athletes, as well as officials and athletic trainers.

A special Olympic Waiata has been released by the Māori Language Commission to support New Zealand athletes at the Olympics.
The song is called Ana Hī and was commissioned by Te Taura Whiri o Te Reo Māori.
Commission chief executive Ngāhiwi Apanui said the song was composed in a way that was easy for all New Zealanders to join in. “It’s catchy, it’s easy to sing, it’s beautifully produced, it’s very modern,” he said.
The song is performed by Kirsten Te Rito and James Illingworth and Wellington kapa haka group Ngā Taonga Mai Tawhiti.
The song and accompanying video was launched at an event on Monday night where it was endorsed by veteran Olympian Barbara Kendall.