Māori Olympians excel at Rio Olympics

By Online News - Rereātea

Many Māori Olympians have excelled in their specialised events in the preliminaries.

Today Natalie Rooney won a silver medal in the women's shoot-trap. She is NZ first athlete to win a medal.

Rooney is the second NZ athlete to win a medal in shoot-trap since Ian Ballinger first won bronze in 1968. However, for many of our Māori Olympians, it was also a successful day.

Strong defence from the New Zealand and the USA Women’s Sevens teams made it hard for both sides to score a try. Ngāpuhi's Portia Woodman scored the first try of the match before halftime.

Ngāpuhi's Tyler Nathan Wong received a yellow card in the second half. Only one try on the scoreboard and in the end USA lost 5-0.

In Hockey, the Women's Black Sticks got off to a good start in their match against Korea, 3 - 0 at half time.

The score was 4-0 in the final quarter. Korea saved face in the last six minutes scoring their first goal.

Corey Main hit a personal best record with a time of 53.99 seconds, coming first in the second heat of the Men's 100m Backstroke. However failed to repeat the same victory in the semi-finals, placing 15th overall.

Olympics Footage provided courtesy of Sky Television