14 Aug 2016

Drysdale carries gold hopes into day eight

11:48 am on 14 August 2016

Rio 2016 Olympics - New Zealand is racking up the silver medals at the Rio Olympics, but with rower Mahe Drysdale racing tomorrow morning, there is a good chance of a second gold.

New Zealand's Mahe Drysdale waves after winning the Men's Single Sculls Quarterfinal rowing competition at the Lagoa stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 9, 2016.

Mahe Drysdale waves after winning a men's single sculls quarterfinal in Rio. Photo: AFP

Drysdale and fellow single sculler Emma Twigg compete in their finals from about 1.30am, headlining a quieter day eight in Brazil.

The men and women's eight have their own finals on the water from 2am but are more of an outside shot to make it to the podium.

Cyclist Sam Webster has made the top 12 of the men's sprint but will face a tough road to a medal as his qualifying time was ninth fastest.

He is up at 1.30am against Denis Dmitriev, and potentially later again in the morning.

After disappointment in the team sprint, Natasha Hansen takes part in the individual event from 1am.

Meanwhile, the women's pursuit team will try to make the final when they face the Polish team about 2.20am.

Elsewhere, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are back on the water from about 4am.

New Zealand's Peter Burling and New Zealand's Blair Tuke compete in the 49er Men sailing class on Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janerio during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 12, 2016.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke compete at the Rio 2016 Olympics Photo: AFP

A couple of stunning races this morning leaves them sitting in first overall in the 49er class.

Golfer Danny Lee is in contention after shooting an excellent second round score of 65 and tees off some time after 10.30pm tonight.

The women's hockey team plays its final group stage game against China at 11.30am, while on the track, Zane Robertson has his 10,000m final at 12.25pm.

Trampolinist Dylan Schmidt has his qualification round from 5am.