Live updates: Tokyo Olympics, August 5 - Tom Walsh & Jacko Gill eye shotput medals, Lisa Carrington & Caitlin Regal chase more gold

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New Zealand has won its 16th and 17th medals, with Tom Walsh taking out shot put bronze, before Lisa Carrington added her third gold of the games. 

That gold makes Carrington New Zealand's most successful Olympian in terms of both golds (five) and overall medals (six).

Rio silver medallist Lydia Ko currently lies four shots behind the women's golf leaders, while 1500m bronze medallist Nick Willis will try to continue his outstanding Olympic record in the semi-finals. 

Live updates: Tokyo Olympics, August 5 - Tom Walsh & Jacko Gill eye shotput medals, Lisa Carrington & Caitlin Regal chase more gold

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11pm - Athletics

From the gun, Willis settles near the back of the field and the pace is honest. Through 400m in 56s and 800m in 1m 56s - Willis still on the bunch, but his speed will be tested.

He doesn't have it, but still runs his best time of the season - 3m 35.41s. He's ninth, so he won't get through as a fastest loser.

10:40pm - Athletics

Willis is in the first of the two semis and is the slowest of the 13 runners this season. He ran that 3m 36.88s in his heat, but Olympics qualifying races can be notoriously tactical affairs and Willis ran his heat perfectly.

10:14pm - Track cycling

Phew! What an amazing few minutes for New Zealand, with Andrews and Stewart vaulting the Kiwi team to a new record Olympic medal haul, beating the 18 at Rio 2016.

Next up, Nick Willis returns to the athletics track, bidding to make the 1500m final - again - for the fourth time. That's at 11pm NZ.

9:35pm - Track cycling

Six laps to go and the final sprint is double points, so Stewart can still make big inroads into the leaders, who are trying to bridge the gap.

Stewart takes another lap, picks up 20 points, which vaults him into second and a silver medal on the last lap. Incredible performance.

9:32pm - Track cycling

Stewart is in a group of three trying to break away again - Larsen of Denmark and Torres of Spain are the others, with Stewart taking the five points on that sprint.

9:26pm - Track cycling

Stewart slips back to fifth overall, as defending champion Viviani of Italy makes a big move up the leaderboard.

9:20pm - Track cycling

Still 62 laps to go though, so a long way to go.

9:17pm - Track cycling

Stewart has moved clear of the field and is about to lap the peloton, which would give him a clear lead in the points race. He moves up to fourth on the overall standings.

9:12pm - Track cycling

Incredible effort from Ellesse Andrews, who gives an emotional interview to Sky Sport, visibly shaking from her effort.

Meanwhile, Stewart is back on the track in the final omnium event - the points race.

8:54pm - Track cycling

Riders are now following the pacemaker around the track with Andrews near the back of the field.

The pacemaker now pulls off the track and the pace is on for three laps, Andrews still near the back - not her usual tactics.

Here comes Andrews around the outside with a lap to go - she holds on for silver!

8:48pm - Track cycling

Preparing now for Ellesse Andrews in the keirin final - first the 7-12 race, then the gold-medal race.

8:32pm - Track cycling

Stewart gets boxed at the back and has no sprint left - he finishes fifth, which move him up the field overall.

Italian Viviani - the defending champion - wins from Briton Walls. Stewart now in seventh overall.

8:30pm - Track cycling

Down to the final six now and Stewart will need to be fast here, Frenchman Thomas - the world champion - is gone.

8:27pm - Track cycling

Stewart just avoids elimination on that lap and races around the outside to get out of the danger zone.

8:22pm - Track cycling

Stewart has nestled into the middle of the pack, apparently out of danger for now.

8:18pm - Track cycling

The elimination race will have to start again, after two riders collided with an official at the start.

8:13pm - Track cycling

So Andrews will race against two Ukrainians, two Canadians and Dutchwoman Braspennincx in the keirin final at 8:45pm NZ.

Stewart is back on the track for the omnium elimination race - last rider every two laps drops out.

8:05pm - Track cycling

Ukrainians seem to be racing as a team in Andrews' race, as they take up prime position behind the pacemaker. Andrews is caught at the back, but she races around the outside with two laps to go.

She still has pole into the last lap and she holds on for second to qualify for the final, along with the Ukraine riders.

7:45pm - Track cycling

Dutchman Van Schip wins the tempo race, cunningly holding off the back of the pack and picking up points, before finally lapping the field. He's actually the world champion at this event.

Stewarts wins the first and last laps to finish 12th.

Andrews is back on the track in 10 minutes for her keirin semifinal - she's drawn the first heat, with three to advance to the final and the others riding in a consolation final.

7:41pm - Track cycling

Five riders have now lapped the field, but Stewart is not among them.

7:38pm - Track cycling

Three riders have broken away, so they will start picking up big points - the others will need to close the gap.

7:35pm - Track cycling

Stewart wins the first lap and takes points, continues on to lead the second lap.

7:28pm - Track cycling

Webster immediately takes the lead in this heat of three and is still ahead into the last lap, but he tires down the straight and Vigier wins, Webster is out.

Next up is the tempo race of the omnium, with Kiwi Stewart currently seventh. This is a 40-lap race, with 36 sprints and a point for every lap you win.

7:21pm - Track cycling

Webster is up next in the sprint 1/8 repechage, he's drawn a heat with Malaysian Sahrom and Frenchman Vigier.

7:15pm - Track cycling

Andrews on the track now - she was fifth at last year's word championships. She takes the Mexican rider immediately and into the lead.

She leads around the last lap and holds on for second behind Braspennincx the Dutchwoman, good enough to progress to the semis.

7:10pm - Track cycling

Two riders go down in the first heat - Brit Marchant and Dutchwoman van Riessen are medal favourites, but they're out.

7:02pm - Track cycling

Defending champion Jason Kenny of Australia has just lost his 1/8 and must go through repechage to the semis.

Webster is on the track with Levy now - Webster is leading out and the pace is high from the start. Levy takes Webster on the final bend, consigning the Kiwi to a repechage too.

Next up are the women's keirin quarter-finals, with Kiwi Ellesse Andrews drawn in the second of three races. Six riders in each heat, top four go through to semis.  

6:50pm - Track cycling

Next up, Sam Webster will race the 1/8 rounds of the sprint, where he is drawn against German veteran Max Levy in the sixth and final race.

6:41pm - Track cycling

The lead group have now lapped the pack and they include the medallists from last year's world championships, so that's ominous for the others.

Stewart sprints for seventh, behind Aussie Welsford, with Briton Walls, Frenchman Thomas, Dutchman van Schip, Kazak Zakharov and Dane Larsen taking major points for taking the lap.

6:41pm - Track cycling

A group of five riders has broken clear of the pack with eight laps to go - Stewart is not among them, so he will need to work with the peloton to make some inroads.

6:30pm - Track cycling

Riders are on the track for the first event of the men's omnium scratch race. 

In this event, cyclists will ride four separate races - it's the decathlon of cycling - accumulating points to an overall result.

Remember, Aaron Gate was scheduled to contest this for New Zealand, but had to withdraw, after crashing in last night's pursuit. Instead, former world champion Campbell Stewart will replace him, but he's more than capable of medalling.

6:27pm - Golf

Ko's effort for a birdie on the 18th comes up short, giving her a tricky effort to save par.

But she can't manage to sink it! She'll finish with two bogeys after what had been a very good front nine.

That means she finishes at five-under, eight shots off Korda.

Still a very good round though at four-under, but the leaders might start to pull away from round three tomorrow.

6:12pm - Golf

Lydia Ko bogeys the 17th. She falls to a tie for eighth place at six-under, seven shots back from Korda with one hole to play.

6:01pm - Golf

Korda double bogeys her last hole, dropping her back to 13-under, and cutting her lead to four shots.

Meanwhile, Ko's made par again on the 16th.

5:42pm - Golf

Par again for Ko on the 15th. She has three holes left in this round.

Korda has moved out to 15-under, now six shots clear of the field. She's 11-under for her second round, yet to drop a shot.

5:31pm - Golf

Another par for Ko on the 14th. 

5:08pm - Golf

And another par for Ko, this time on the 13th. 

The Kiwi can make up some ground here, with five of the six players above her having finished for the day.

4:57pm - Golf

Ko adds another par on the 12th, five shots back from Korda.

4:50pm - Karate

Andrea Anacan finished fifth out of five in her pool of the women's kata, and won't advance to the ranking round.

4:35pm - Golf

Ko makes par on the 11th, the same hole that she double bogeyed yesterday.

Korda is at 11-under, four shots clear of Ko, and two shots clear of second.

4:21pm - Golf

Ko finishes her front nine with one more birdie, and then opening her back nine with another!

That moves her up into sixth place, three shots behind Korda out in front.

4:01pm - Golf

What an afternoon so far.

Elsewhere, over in the golf, where Lydia Ko has come back brilliantly in her second round.

After a bogey on the opening hold, Ko has come away with birdies on the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth.

The Kiwi is in a tie for ninth at five-under, five shots behind the leader - USA's Nelly Korda.

3:59pm - Canoe sprint

NZ are sixth at the 250m mark, but can they finish strong?

Australia and Germany battle it out for gold.

Australia win, Germany second. Czech Republic third.

New Zealand finish sixth after a sprint finish.

3:57pm - Canoe sprint

The Kiwis are fifth at halfway, Australia, Hungary and Germany hold the medal spots.

3:56pm - Canoe sprint

Australia lead at the 250m. The Kiwis are fourth, but with a long way to go!

3:55pm - Canoe sprint

And they're off!

3:54pm - Canoe Sprint

We're about ready for the K2 1000.

Brown and Imrie are up against the Czech Republic, Belarus, Germany, Australia, Hungary, China and Spain.

3:47pm - Canoe sprint

But we're not done yet. In less than 10 minutes, Max Brown and Kurtis Imrie race in the K2 1000 final.

They clocked the second fastest time overall in their semi-final, can they go one better in the big one?

3:35pm - Canoe sprint

So, that's Carrington's fifth Olympic gold - the most by a Kiwi, going past Ian Ferguson's five.

That's also her sixth medal overall, also a Kiwi record.



This is going to be tight! Can Carrington get there? She can!

Lisa Carrington, you legend!!!

3:31pm - Canoe sprint

Carrington goes strong from lane three, but this race is as much about endurance as it is about speed.

Approaching 250m, and Carrington leads, Csipes is second!

3:30pm - Canoe sprint

False start to begin with. 

Take two.

They're off! Carrington is facing stiff competition from the two Hungarians, Csipes and Kozak, but the Kiwi starts strong!

3:27pm - Canoe sprint

Caitlin Regal has just won her B final in the K1 500.

But up next is Lisa Carrington, bidding for a Kiwi record medal.

3:18pm - Shot put

Kovacs finishes with 22.65m, so he'll take silver.

Crouser with a victory lap-esque throw. Can he break the world record?

That's huge! He's thrown 23.30m!

Crouser finishes with a new Olympic record to take bronze!!!


Walsh to finish, can he get silver?

He comes up with his biggest throw of the day, but it'll only be bronze!

3:14pm - Shot put

Romani to finish. He's all that stands between Walsh and a medal now.

But he can't get the distance! He throws 20.70m.

3:14pm - Shot put

Weir to finish. He's fifth, but can he get near Walsh?

Nope, another foul.

3:13pm - Shot put

Sinancevic finishes with a foul throw. He'll finish seventh.

Here's Blignaut, and he gets it completely wrong, and fouls.

That'll be sixth for him.

3:11pm - Shot put

Last throw each for the field. 

Walsh is still in bronze position, Crouser with gold and Kovacs with silver.

Hassan finishes with 20.73m. 

3:09pm - Shot put

Crouser for his fifth as the last throw of the round. He's cleared 22m again, 22.54m.

3:08pm - Shot put

Here's Kovacs for his fifth. Can't beat his last effort though, 22.29m.

3:07pm - Shot put

Walsh for his fifth throw. He clears 22m again, and beats his best by one centimetre!

Not enough to take second, for now, but can he find something more?

3:06pm - Shot put

Romani, currently fourth, but in position to knock Walsh out of bronze.

It won't be this time though, as he fouls.

3:05pm - Shot put

Blignaut, in sixth. Can he challenge for a medal?

He throws 20.46m. Still sixth.

3:03pm - Shot put

Sinancevic, currently seventh, and he fouls.

3:02pm - Shot put

Weir backs up, he moved from seventh to fifth with his last throw.

He throws a personal best of 21.41m, but stays fifth.

3:01pm - Shot put

Hassan backs up for his fifth. 

Still in eighth place, and won't advance any higher this time with a throw of 20.63m.

3:00pm - Shot put

Crouser to finish the fourth round.

His worst throw today would still win him gold. And that doesn't change. 

He manages 22.74m, his smallest of the day, but still comfortably in front.

2:59pm - Shot put

Kovacs for his fourth throw, currently with the silver medal.

And that's a big throw! Is it big enough though? It's 22.65m!

He won't challenge Crouser, but puts some room between himself and Walsh.

2:57pm - Shot put

Here's Tom Walsh, two centimetres off silver.

But he can't clear 22m this time. He'll stay in third place.

2:56pm - Shot put

Romani, fourth on the ladder, and Walsh's main threat for a medal at the moment.

But he fouls!

2:55pm - Shot put

Blignaut, currently sixth. 

He can't advance though, with 20.96m

2:54pm - Shot put

Sinancevic, currently seventh on the ladder. 

He throws 20.44m, not enough to move up.

2:53pm - Shot put

Weir's up for his fourth throw. He throws 21.40m, and moves him into fifth place.

2:51pm - Shot put

Egypt's Hassan is first up, but he fouls.

2:50pm - Shot put

Right, so the final eight are Crouser, Kovacs, Walsh, Romani, Blignaut, Sinancevic, Weir and Hassan.

They'll throw in the reverse order that they qualified in, so Walsh will be sixth.

2:49pm - Shot put

Last but not least, Jacko Gill. 

He needs to beat 20.73m to go through. He doesn't look happy with his throw. 

And it's 20.71 again. Jacko Gill misses out by two centimetres!

2:47pm - Shot put

Kovacs for his third. Can he challenge Crouser?

He touches the 22m tape, for 21.95m. 

2:46pm - Shot put

Romani for his third, he's fourth on the ladder. 

He produces 20.96m, but he's already through.

2:45pm - Shot put

Blignaut for his last. He's 10th and would need to knock Jacko Gill down from eighth if he's to advance.

He throws to the right for the third time, and he's happy with it!

Has he got enough though? He has, 21m exactly!

That puts Jacko Gill ninth, and out of contention!

2:43pm - Shot put

Sinancevic, currently fifth.

He fouls with his last attempt. But should advance.

2:42pm - Shot put

Crouser for his last, two Olympic records already under his belt today.

And this one's big too! He won't break the record again will he?! 

He won't, 22.86m. That should send him through in first place.

2:40pm - Shot put

Hassan for his third. He's seventh at the moment, but can't beat his best of 20.73m.

He's still in position to advance.

2:39pm - Shot put

Otterdahl to finish, he's one below Gill on the ladder.

Can he pip the Kiwi? He can't. Otterdahl fouls with his last attempt, that's him done.

2:38pm - Shot put

Walsh for his third, but it's a foul.

He's third on the ladder, so should advance anyway.

2:37pm - Shot put

Weir throws 20.68 with his last, but is still sixth after his first throw.

2:36pm - Shot put

Enekwechi, currently last, for his third throw. 

But he can't clear 20m. He's also out.

He throws 19.74m, he cleared 21m to qualify.

2:35pm - Shot put

Last round about to start. Gill's 20.71m is the mark to beat to advance.

Mesud steps up for his third. But it's only 20.08m. His afternoon's over.

2:34pm - Shot put

Jacko Gill to finish the second round. And he's on the board this time, he throws 20.71m.

That moves him into eighth.

The top eight will advance to compete for the medals.

2:32pm - Shot put

Kovacs, currently second. He cleared 22.19m first up, but 20.95 with his second.

2:31pm - Shot put

Romani for his second, can he move back into the top three?

He throws 21.22m, smaller than his first attempt.

2:29pm - Shot put

Blignaut of South Africa for his second. He goes right again, but he fouls throws.

2:28pm - Shot put

Sinancevic throws again. But he's red flagged.

2:28pm - Shot put

Crouser's back. Can he break his own record?

And he has! This one's 22.93m!

2:26pm - Shot put

Hassan for his second. He throws 20.73m.

2:25pm - Shot put

Otterdahl. He fouls with his second throw.

2:24pm - Shot put

Walsh is back, and he's happy with this! His second throw is more than 22m, but how big? It's 22.17m and moves him into third.

2:23pm - Shot put

Italy's Weir is up. 

He throws 20.25m, less than his opener.

2:22pm - Shot put

Enekwechi is back. And he's on the board this time with 18.87m

2:21pm - Shot put

Into everyone's second attempts then.

Pezer steps up again, and he fouls again!

2:20pm - Shot put

Jacko Gill is the last in the first round. He was the last qualifier to reach the final.

And it's a foul throw.

2:18pm - Shot put

USA's Joe Kovacs is next, the Rio silver medallist.

And he clears 22m with his first attempt, 22.19m. That takes him second, drops Romani to third, and Walsh to fourth.

2:17pm - Shot put

Brazil's Darlan Romani is next, he's ranked third in the world behind Crouser and Walsh.

And he goes big! This should be around 22m. It's just short. He takes second place with 21.88m.

Walsh drops to third.

2:16pm - Shot put

South Africa's Kyle Blignaut is next. He throws wide to the right for 20.29m.

Not enough to trouble the medal positions.

2:15pm - Shot put

Serbia's Armin Sinancevic has to follow the new record. 

He registers 20.89m, and moves to third. 

2:14pm - Shot put

USA's Ryan Crouser steps up, the gold medal favourite. He's throwing in sunglasses and a hat.

And oh my word, this is huge, 22.83m an Olympic record! He goes straight to the top, Walsh drops to second.

2:12pm - Shot put

Egypt's Mostafa Amr Hassan is next. He goes third with 20.51m

2:11pm - Shot put

USA's Payton Otterdahl is next. He throws 20.32, good enough for third for now.

2:10pm - Shot put

Tom Walsh steps up for his first throw of the afternoon - and it's good!

He throws 21.09m and moves into first place! He'll have two more throws of this first round, with another potential three to decide the medal placings.

2:09pm - Shot put

Italy's Zane Weir is next. And he produces a legal throw - 20.85m to start, and he automatically goes into top spot.

2:08pm - Shot put

Nigeria's Chukwuebuka Enekwechi is second, but he fouls as well!

2:07pm - Shot put

Who's up first then? Bosnia's Mesud Pezer. What can he come up with?

He clears 20m first up, but he's red flagged to start with. His foot touched the block.

2:02pm - Shot put

Here we go then, the 12 competitors make their way out onto the field for the men's shot put.

USA's Ryan Crouser will be the favourite, being the current world record holder with a personal best of 23.37m.

1:57pm - Golf

Bad news for Lydia Ko, who's opened her second round with a bogey on the first hole.

That takes her to even par for the tournament, eight shots back of the current leader - Sweden's Madelene Sagstrom.

1:45pm - Shot put

Walsh and Gill are two of the 12 strong field for the men's shot put final, starting at 2:05pm.

They're up against Bosnia and Herezgovina's Mesud Pezer, Nigeria's Chukwuebuba Enekwechi, Italian Zane Weir, American trio Payton Otterdahl, Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs, Egypt's Mostafa Amr Hassan, Serbia's Armin Sinancevic, South Africa's Kyle Blignaut and Brazil's Darlan Romani.

1:39pm - Canoe sprint

Just checking the times, and Brown and Imrie had the second fastest time across the semi-finals of the K2 1000.

There's never any guarantees of course, but it's a good place to be in heading into a final!

1:35pm - A reminder, Tom Walsh and Jacko Gill compete in the shot put final from 2pm. Lydia Ko tee's off in a couple of minutes for her second round and later this afternoon we have two Kiwi boats racing for medals in the canoe sprint.

1:31pm - Karate: Andrea Anacan records a 24.46 in the Kata. She is second in her pool with three to come. There is a second round of Kata to come and then the top three qualify for the ranking round.

1:29pm - Canoe Sprint: The Kiwi pair up to second as the look to chase down the Aussie - they finish just short of top spot but, the came home super fast and are in the final!  Awesome. 

1:28pm - Canoe Sprint: Kiwi pair Max Brown and Kurtis Imrie in action in the K2 1000 semis. They are third at the halfway mark. Top four into the final.

1:25pm - Super impressive from New Zealand's golden girl. She looks odds-on for another gold medal.

Canoe Sprint: K1 500 semi-finals (Caitlin Regal, Lisa Carrington) 
Result: Carrington into A Final, Regal into B Final 

Semi-final #2 - Lisa Carrington: Carrington wins semi-final and enters final as fastest qualifier.

Finish - Carrington powers to the finish with a dominant win - wow! Just smashed the field as she eases home to win by more than a boat length from Australia's Wood. 

250m - An as usual rocket start from the Kiwi - Carrington leads by nearly a boat length at the halfway mark. 

The Rio bronze medallist looking to book her spot in the final. She's in a tough heat alongside the two Australians and Osterman from Slovakia. 

1:13pm - Karate: Kiwi Andrea Anacan will be in action in the women's kata from 1:20pm.... the kata is like a demonstration of your technique. Think dressage, but for humans. 

1:02pm - So Regal will go through to the B Final. She will be disappointed for sure, but she is still an Olympic champion in the K2 500. Carrington to come in about 15 minutes. 

Caitlin Regal in action on Thursday
Caitlin Regal in action on Thursday Photo credit: Getty Images

Semi-final #1 - Caitlin Regal : Regal finishes third - does not qualify for final

Finish - Regal looked great until the final 50m - fading late to finish third - .6 of a second behind Pieters from Belgium in second. So the Kiwi will not race the final.

250m - Regal got off to a flying start to lead early. She was pulled back by Cispes who leads at the halfway point.

12:56pm - The field heading to the start gates - this will be a very competitive heat. Top two go through. 

12:53pm - Canoe Sprint: Regal will go in heat one, Carrington in heat four. 

12:43pm - Golf: New leader. Denmark's Nanna Koerstz has stormed to the top of the leaderboard, with a stuninng start to her round. She is six-under through eight holes to be eight-under for the tournament and a one-shot lead from Sagstrom. 

12:33pm - Canoe Sprint: Coming up at 12:58pm will be Caitlin Regal in the K1500 semi-finals. Lisa Carrington is at 1:19pm.

12:15pm - Golf: Leader Sagstrom is through five holes and leads by a shot. The Swede is seven-under for the tournament. Lydia Ko begins her round at 1:36pm. 

11:21am - Another shot gained for Sagstrom as she birdies the second to go to seven-under.

11:11am - At the golf, leader Madelene Sagstrom has birdied the first hole so she move into the outright lead at six-under.

10:44am - Hello folks, Brad Lewis taking you through the morning session. Things heat up from about 130pm today, but before that the golf tournament continues although Lydia Ko doesn't tee-off until 1:40pm.

Kia ora, good morning and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the Tokyo Olympics, on a day when Lisa Carrington will try to add to her gold medal haul.

Carrington and K2 partner Caitlin Regal have both won through to the K1 500 semi-finals and on form, the former must be favourted to at least repeat her Rio 2016 bronze medal in this afternoon's final.

She qualified through heats as the third-fastest paddler, winning her race easily, so it's difficult to know how she measured her performance, given her heavy race schedule this week.

Former world champion shotputter Tom Walsh looms as our next-best medal prospect, barely advancing through qualifying, after he was called for three fouls, but successfully appealed two of them.

Ultimately, he was the second-best qualifier and may have his work cut out against American world recordholder Ryan Crouser.

After his disastrous crash in the pursuit last night, cyclist Aaron Gate must pick himself up to contest the omnium - cycling's equivalent of the decathlon - where he was a world champion in 2013. 

Later tonight, Nick Willis will try to extend his tremendous Olympic record in the 1500m semi-finals.

Thursday, August 5


Men's shot put final - Jacko Gill & Tom Walsh 2:05pm NZ

Men's 1500m semis - Nick Willis 11pm NZ


Women's K1 500 semis & final - Caitlin Regal 12:58pm & 3:29pm NZ

Women's K1 500 semis & final - Lisa Carrington 1:19pm & 3:29pm NZ

Men's K2 1000 semis & final - Max Brown & Kurtis Imrie 1:26pm NZ


Men's omnium - Aaron Gate 6:30pm NZ

Men's sprint quarter-finals & 5-8 final  - Sam Webster 6:48pm NZ

Women's keirin quarter-finals, semis & finals - Ellesse Andrews 7:06pm NZ


Women's individual strokeplay, round 2 - Lydia Ko 11:41am NZ


Women's kate elimination, ranking rounds & medals - Alexandrea Anancan 1pm & 8pm NZ


Burling, Tuke ponder another bid for Olympic gold at Paris 2024

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke remain undecided on what their 49er future may hold, but have hinted they won’t rule out a shot at redemption in Paris in three years.

The pair came agonisingly close to a second straight gold medal, instead claiming silver at the Tokyo Games, and admit it will take some time to come to terms with falling short of their ultimate goal.

Burling and Tuke made a low-key return to their Enoshima base, after coming so close to the gold medal they’d had their hearts and minds set on for five years. 

"Straight afterwards and even now, it's mixed emotions," says Tuke. "When you come that close... the dream of ours and the goal for the last four years has been to try and win another gold medal for our country."

Three Olympics, three medals, but not the colour they'd come to Tokyo for. 

Disappointed, yes - gutted, absolutely. 

Ungrateful, no chance. 

Burling & Tuke with silver medals
Burling & Tuke with silver medals. Photo credit: Photosport

"On the Olympic podium in London, we saw people not enjoying the silver medals or being disappointed," says Tuke. "We said 'let's not be those people, if that ever happens', so we'll hold our heads high and enjoy this one."

They certainly have good reason. A year that began with an America’s Cup defence on home waters in March, culminates in a third Olympic medal.

And with Paris now just three years away, Burling hinted going for gold once again could be on the horizon. 

"Definitely, after a week like this, you’re pretty motivated to take things on, but we'll have to wait and see, and make sure we're doing things for the right reasons."

The pair will now take time to unwind and take stock, after a packed year already. 

"In the next couple of days, it'll sink in that we've managed to win another medal for our country and we’re pretty proud to do that."

It might not be a golden one, but Burling and Tuke have plenty to celebrate, as they add another Olympic medal to a growing list of accolades.