19 Aug 2016

Record medal haul on Fantastic Friday

2:23 pm on 19 August 2016

Rio 2016 Olympics - It's raining medals for New Zealand on Fantastic Friday at the Olympics, and Rio has now delivered the country's biggest-ever medal haul.

New Zealand sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke celebrate winning gold at the Rio Olympics.

New Zealand sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke celebrate winning gold at the Rio Olympics. Photo: AFP

New Zealand has claimed a gold, two silvers and bronze in the early hours of the morning (New Zealand time) and there's a chance more will be won later in the day.

49er sailors Tuke and Peter Burling officially won New Zealand's fourth gold of the games this morning in the medal race.

The duo were already guaranteed the gold heading into the last event but that didn't stop them from putting the nail in the coffin with another win.

The gold is added to the silver the pair claimed at the 2012 London Olympics.

The two silvers New Zealand won this morning also came from sailors.

The women's 470 crew of Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie came third in their medal race to secure second place.

Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie in the 470 women medal race August 18, 2016.

Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie won silver. Photo: AFP

Aleh and Powrie, the defending Olympic champions, didn't have a shot at gold because Great Britain were too far ahead in the points race, but it was still a tight race for silver.

Great Britain's crew Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark finished eighth, and Camille Lecointre and Helene Defrance of France were sixth in the final race and took bronze.

Later in the morning the New Zealand women's 49er FX crew Maloney and Molly Meech claimed the final sailing medal for New Zealand - a silver.

The pair started the medal race in fourth position but were just one point behind first place, which was shared by Spain, Brazil and Denmark.

A fast start pushed New Zealand into the gold medal spot and they held it for the majority of the race.

However home course advantage went in Brazil's favour in the later third and they crossed the line just a couple of seconds ahead of New Zealand to claim gold.

New Zealand's bronze medal this morning was awarded to kayaker Lisa Carrington in the women's K1 500 final.

Carrington, who successfully defended her K1 200 Olympic title just two days ago, claimed her third Olympic medal in dramatic fashion - finishing just four hundredths of a second behind the silver-medal winner.

(L-R) Denmark's Emma Jorgensen, Hungary's Danuta Kozak and New Zealand's Lisa Carrington celebrate on the podium after the Women's Kayak Single (K1) 500m event at the Lagoa Stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 17, 2016.

Lisa Carrington claims her third Olympic medal. Photo: AFP

Carrington is the first New Zealand woman to win two medals at a single Olympics.

She's also one of three New Zealand women to win three Olympic medals, with Barbara Kendall and Valerie Adams also in the prestigious group.

Later this morning New Zealand shot putters Tom Walsh and Jacko Gill will also attempt to add more medals to New Zealand's tally when they compete in the men's final.

Walsh was the second best qualifier for the final in the heats while Gill is still recovering from a broken foot.

The final gets underway from 11.30am.

The Rio Olympics are officially New Zealand's most successful games in terms of overall medal tally with 14 - four are gold, eight silver and two bronze.