Olympic success on the water, disappointment on hockey field

6:31 pm on 9 August 2016

Rio 2016 Olympics - New Zealand will pick up its second medal at the Rio Olympics in the women's rugby sevens today - but it was a mixed day for other athletes wearing the black uniform.

Luuka Jones eased into the semi-finals of the women's kayak slalom, finishing 4th overall after her two runs in the heats.

Luuka Jones

Luuka Jones Photo: Photosport

Jones finished 2nd in her first run and 3rd in her second, but with the two scores combined she sits behind competitors from Italy, Australia and Great Britain.

In the first day of sailing at Marina da Gloria, Sam Meech is 6th overall in the men's Laser.

Meech finished 19th in his first race, but crossed the line 3rd in the second after a strong effort.

There was disappointment for the women's hockey team, with a 2-1 loss to Germany in their second pool game.

Petrea Webster scored a field goal in the first quarter to put New Zealand ahead early in the match, but Germany pulled two goals back in the next two quarters to come away with the win.

The Germans are ranked five places below New Zealand, and this would have been a game the Black Sticks would have hoped to pick up points in.

The loss puts them third on the Pool A ladder, with the top four from each group of six teams to go through to the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile the Australian-based New Zealand judoka, Darcina Manuel, was eliminated in the round of 16 in the under 57kg class.

Manuel won her opening bout against a Russian opponent, but then lost to Portugal's Telma Monteiro - who is the European number one - in the next round.

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