Dunedin swimmer just misses final

Erika Fairweather
Erika Fairweather
Dunedin swimmer Erika Fairweather finished one place away from a Youth Olympics final for the second time.

The 14-year-old finished her 400m freestyle in 4min 17.43sec to finish ninth overall.

In the fastest of the four heats, she was pushed along by two of the top three qualifiers and was the fifth to touch the wall. That followed the 200m freestyle, in which she also finished ninth. In the women’s cycling time trial, Wanaka’s Phoebe Young and Samara Maxwell set a blistering pace, crossing the line with the seventh-fastest time.

The pair also compete in the mountain bike, criterium and the 60km road race, with scores combined to determine medallists.

But the star performance came from 17-year-old Oscar Guo. He won silver in the badminton team relay event.

The Aucklander played in two doubles matches in the gold medal final of the badminton relay format, in which the first team to 110-points wins.

Guo played aggressively but his team went down in a tight game, 110-106.

Fellow Aucklander Kanah Andrews-Nahu lifted a personal best, and New Zealand junior record, to take fourth place in the women’s 63kg-plus weightlifting group.

New Zealand dominated on day one of the women’s rugby sevens competition. The Baby Ferns beat Tunisia 53-0 and then Colombia 38-5.

At the track, middle distance runner Murdoch McIntyre set a New Zealand age group record in the 2000m steeplechase.

McIntyre ran 5min 55.07sec  — a 15sec personal best — for the under-17 New Zealand age-group record.

New Zealand’s 3x3 basketball team was knocked out by Ukraine.

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