New Zealand goes to eighth on the Games medal table

Four medals on day two of the 2018 Commonwealth Games puts New Zealand at eighth on the medal table.

Cyclist Natasha Hansen of New Zealand wins silver in the Women‘s Sprint Final. Photo: Photosport Ltd

Friday‘s four medals – three in track cycling and one in the pool, bring the tally to seven – one gold, three silver, and three bronze.

Australia leads the medal table, with 36 medals, England is second with 18, and Canada in third with 11.

in the men‘s keirin at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games to go with the gold he won last night with the men‘s team pursuit.

Eddie Dawkins wins bronze in the Men‘s keirin Photo: Photosport

“This is my first keirin medal in the Commonwealth Games,” he said. “I raced it last [in 2014] in Glasgow and got absolutely pumped and ended up sixth.

“This time went more to script.”

Fellow New Zealander and men‘s team sprint team-mate Sam Webster finished fifth in the six man final.

New Zealand won three medals on the velodrome on day two, with Natasha Hansen taking silver in the women‘s sprint and Dylan Kennett taking bronze in the men‘s individual pursuit.

New Zealand have now won six medals on the track, following Thursday‘s gold to the men‘s team sprint and silver‘s to the women‘s team sprint and women‘s team pursuit.

Swimmer Lewis Clareburt won in the pool at the Commonwealth Games, taking bronze in the men‘s 400-metre individual medley.

Clareburt was not expected to finish on the podium in the final at the Optus Aquatic Centre on Australia‘s Gold Coast, qualifying behind teammate Bradlee Ashby.

But he took four seconds off his personal best to finish behind Clyde Lewis of Australia, who took the gold, and Mark Szaranek of Scotland, the silver medallist.

Clareburt‘s time of 4 minutes and 14.42 seconds is a new national record.

Lewis Clareburt wins bronze in the mens 400m medley. Photo: Photosport

Ashby finished fifth after holding second for the first two legs of the race.

Clareburt said it was an honour to win New Zealand‘s first swimming medal of the Games and he hoped it would get the ball rolling for the rest of the squad.

The men‘s 4x100m freestyle relay team finished fourth in the final, despite swimming more than a second faster than their qualifying time.

Weightlifter Alethea Boon was ecstatic after finishing fifth in the women‘s 58kg division at the Commonwealth Games.

Alethea Boon Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Boon lifted 181kg, setting new national records in the clean and jerk and overall categories.

The former Commonwealth Games gymnast said she fed off the vocal crowd on the Gold Coast, which included a number or friends and family.

“The whole way through the competition I kept saying to my coaches I‘m so excited. It‘s a different feeling coming in (to a big venue): you‘re able to soak in all that atmosphere, use that crowd energy and put it through your legs and push the weights out.”

The 34-year-old only took up the sport four years ago and says she can do better.

“For the build up that I had that was the best that I could do. Is it the best that I could do at all? No, there‘s more in the legs, even though I‘m old.”

In the gymnastics, Stella Ashcroft finished 17th in the individual qualification – women‘s with a score of 45.725, and Sam and Ben O‘Dea made a promising start to their men‘s beach volleyball competition today when they fought back to beat a strong team from Cyprus.

David Nyika celebrates after winning his first bout Photo: Photosport

Paul Coll and Joelle King advanced to the quarter finals in squash, and 91kg boxer David Nyika easily won his first bout – though not without having to deal with being bitten by his opponent.

“I copped a couple of bite marks, a couple of low blows. It‘s a tough fight. But that‘s the sport we‘re in,” he said. “Fair play to him, it‘s kill or be killed.”

The Silver Ferns recovered from a disastrous second quarter to beat Wales 70-44 at the Commonwealth Games netball competition.

After leading 23-14 after the first spell, the 10th ranked team in the world then took the second quarter 13-9.

Coach Janine Southby made wholesale changes at half-time with the Ferns leading by just five goals.

Anita McLaren recorded her 100th international goal as the New Zealand women‘s hockey team thrashed Ghana 12-nil in their opening Commonwealth Games match on the Gold Coast.

On Saturday, there is more from the velodrome and the pool – with flag bearer Sophie Pascoe in action – as well as more weightlifting, and squash and lawn bowls quarter finals.