February 2020, Weekly Wrap

Weekly Wrap 03 January

UCI Para Cycling Track World Championship results
Rob Jones
Day 1 – Silver medal kick starts New Zealand Para Cycling Team campaign

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Para cyclist Sarah Ellington (Auckland) has started the New Zealand Para Cycling Team campaign at the 2020 UCI Para Cycling Track World Championships in great form winning a silver medal in the Women’s 3km Individual Pursuit C2. As she prepared for this event Ellington was determined to build on her performance in this same event in 2019 where she won a bronze medal.

Day 2 – Gold medal and World Champions title for NZ Paralympians

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Emma Foy and Hannah van Kampen on Saturday retained their world title in the women’s tandem individual pursuit to win by more than 7 seconds at the 2020 UCI para cycling track world championships in Canada.

It was the pair’s second consecutive world championships title on the track, and a dominating performance Foy rated as one of the pair’s best rides.

“We went out and we wanted to do our best ride and we did that. Our qualifying ride was probably one of the best rides we have ever done together. It is great to have our main event now complete and our goals achieved,” Foy said.

Day 3 – Double bronze for the NZ Para Cycling Team

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Day three saw great results from the New Zealand Para Cycling Team, including a bronze medal for Nicole Murray in the Women’s Individual Pursuit C5 and another bronze for Emma Foy and Hannah Van Kampen in the Women’s Tandem 1km Time Trial, repeating their performance from last year.

Fourth straight world series title for magnificent Black Ferns Sevens
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The Black Ferns Sevens have won their fourth straight World Series tournament, outclassing Canada 33-7 in the Sydney final.

After five of eight tournaments, New Zealand have earned 96 points from a possible 100, leading Australia and Canada by 16 points.

Oceania Canoe Slalom in NZ for Luuka Jones

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Luuka Jones, left, Jess Fox and Camille Prigent celebrate their Oceania canoe slalom success in Auckland.

Jess Fox just held off a rampaging Luuka Jones at the Oceania canoe slalom championships in a stirring battle of the 2016 Olympic medallists in Auckland on Sunday.

Australian Fox, who has more world titles than any other paddler, beat New Zealand’s Jones by 0.49sec in the women’s K1 final.

Silver Ferns beat Jamaica to win Nations Cup final

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Resilience and composure the Silver Ferns displayed in spades en route to claiming the inaugural Netball Nations Cup title.

The 67-56 victory at London’s Copper Box Arena proved much tougher than many might have expected.

In stark contrast to their three previous matches at this tournament, Jamaica dragged the Ferns into deep waters at times in the tournament final.

Only in the second half, after Noeline Taurua injected rookie centre Kimiora Poi and wing attack Whitney Souness, did the Ferns regain the march on the combative Jamaicans.

The scoreline says otherwise but this youthful Ferns squad, missing Laura Langman, Katrina Rore and adjusting to life without the retired Maria Folau and Casey Kopua, survived their greatest test of character to date.

And on this evidence, the future looks bright for the world champions.

Nico Porteous Lands 1620, Finishes Fourth in X Games Superpipe

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NZ freeskier Nico Porteous has finished fourth in the men’s Ski Superpipe on the final day of competition at X Games Aspen. Saving his best until last, Nico’s fourth run included a trick never before landed in competition, a double cork 1620.