6 Aug 2012

Edge over Aussies 'pretty good' - Sissons

11:29 am on 6 August 2012

New Zealand triathlete Ryan Sissons says it has been "pretty good" for the nation to have a medal advantage over Australia, in terms of golds collected so far at the Olympics.

The question was asked by an Australian journalist at a media conference in London.

At the end of the ninth day of competition, New Zealand holds three golds and is ranked 14th, compared to Australia which has only one gold, and is listed at 24th. China is the leader with 30 gold among its 61 medals, while NZ and Australia have a total medal tallies of seven and 20, respectively.

Sissons gave the matter some thought.

"It's a long time coming ... it's pretty good".

But he noted that there are still a lot of finals to come.

"There's still another week or so: we're not going to start boasting yet".

New Zealand triathlete, Ryan Sissons who'll race in the triathlon men's final alongside team mates Bevan Docherty and Kris Gemmell.

And Reuters reports the host nation, Britain has enjoyed its greatest Olympic day since 1908, taking their collection of golds to 16 at the London Games to lie third in the overall medals table behind China and the United States (28).