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A day of calm in London before things heat up again

Published: Tue 4 Sep 2012 05:11 PM
04 Sep 2012
A day of calm in London before things heat up again
Over the past 5 days of competition New Zealand has produced 11 medals; 4 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze.
Today Rebecca Dubber finished 9th in the S7 100m freestyle. Anthea Gunner 17th in her musical dressage test and in Weymouth the lack of wind haunted the New Zealand SKUD18 crew of Jan Apel and Tim Dempsey who finished 8th in race 3 and last in race four. The Auckland pair was actually the third fastest crew on the water today, but two tactical blunders in almost the identical spot cost them a place further up the leader board. In both races they missed the lay line and tacked to late and offered an open door to their competitors.
Paul Francis went from trailing the fleet to trail blazing in the 2.4mR Francis finished at the back of the pack in race 3 and third in race 4.
Tomorrow's where the wind should great the kiwi campaign sails again, as Sophie Pascoe takes to the pool following two days off in the 100m backstroke, one of her favoured events. A gold medal here will match her collection in Beijing, with a further two events to come. Peter Martins a strong contender in the F52/53 Javelin while Tim Prendergast will look to replicate his gold medal performance from 8 years ago in Athens in the 1500 metres. Daniel Holt is also in action in the S13 400m freestyle and Rebecca Dubber in the sprint distance of the 50m Freestyle.
Rachel Stock will dance to the closing beat of the kiwi equestrian effort in the Greenwich Park when she and Bates Rimini Park Emmerich compete in their musical dressage test.
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