Nigel Avery claims he did not depend the medals for the primary time final week, however he thinks it is now the New Zealand staff’s mission.
In spite of everything, Tom Walsh’s shot put triumph on Saturday morning (NZT) marked his seventeenth gold medal on the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham, which he revealed on the New Zealand file.
There’s nonetheless time to strike earlier than 22 recreation days within the UK’s capital league on Monday night time too.
That might be the earlier whole of 17 gold medals gained on the Auckland Public Video games in 1990, when 224 athletes mixed for a medal haul of 58-17 gold, 14 silver and 27 bronze.
This yr’s crop of 232 will not win the 58th within the singles, however it’ll definitely give the forty sixth medal haul, on the Gold Coast 4 years in the past, a nod.
As of press time, the New Zealand tally in Birmingham stands at 42 – 17 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze.
It’ll virtually definitely shut earlier than the Video games, most likely as early as Sunday morning, when reigning Commonwealth Video games champion Julia Ratcliffe appears to win the gold medal within the girls’s hammer on the Alexander Stadium, a venue the place Walsh and tall jumper Hamish Kerr gained gold in entrance. of 32,000 followers.
Regardless of the pre-Video games shut explains, 12 years after New Zealand gained six gold medals in Delhi, the success – set by a medal strike in London 4 days in the past – has gone down properly with the Kiwi managers.
This has resulted in an virtually fixed stream of profitable athletes celebrated at New Zealand Dwelling, Edgbaston Golf Membership positioned in Birmingham.
That however, the circulation of medals slowed down considerably – partly as a result of loaded entrance card – after the beginning of the skelter, the triathlete Hayden Wilde (silver) shook off and continued on the enormously profitable cycle monitor.
In truth, with slightly below every week to go to the Video games, New Zealand had been already greater than midway to surpassing their tally on the Gold Coast – the nation’s second most profitable Video games – once they gained 15 gold, 16 silver and 15 bronze.
Eager to do the heavy lifting they did 4 years in the past once they claimed greater than a 3rd of New Zealand’s medals, the Kiwi monitor, highway and mountain bike athletes have executed it once more.
Highlights from Ellesse Andrews and Aaron Gate turned the fourth and fifth Kiwis to win three gold medals on the Commonwealth Video games, 13 medals gained on the Lee Valley Velopark Monitor – eight of them gold.
Add Sam Gaze and Ben Oliver’s emphatic one-two on the mountain bike, and Georgia Williams on the highway bronze (time trial), and 16 medals are up for grabs on two wheels with the boys’s and girls’s highway races nonetheless to be contested.
The New Zealanders additionally acquired a hefty increase within the pool, from Lewis Clareburt – the primary Kiwi male swimmer to win gold on the Commonwealth Video games since Moss Burmester in 2006.
His two gold and bronze helped New Zealand to complete fourth within the swimming medal desk with 5 gold, two silver and two bronze.
However there was underperformance elsewhere, particularly in New Zealand groups.
You assume the strongest Silver Ferns on the planet, they admit to the ability of fireplace, and the women and men of the Black Golf equipment.
World champions the Black Ferns and the All Blacks additionally defended their Gold Coast titles at Coventry Stadium, the place they each misplaced essential semi-finals and dropped the bronze medals.
Remarkably, the 17-12 defeat to Fiji within the semifinal was simply the five-time All Black Sevens champion’s second defeat in Video games historical past – the opposite coming in opposition to South Africa within the Glasgow decider.
Joelle Rex (who missed the air squash within the girls’s singles), pole vaulter Olivia McTaggart (fourth), and Oceania file holder Lauren Bruce, who was launched on function after failing to set a official file within the girls’s hammer, are the others who failed. to his hope.