Kiwi speedway legend Ivan Mauger dies, aged 78

New Zealand's Ivan Mauger, regarded by many as the world's greatest speedway rider, has died at the age of 78.

The six time world champion died in Queensland on Monday from cognitive aphasia.

He retired to the Gold Coast in 1987 but maintained his connections with motorcycling as a promoter and mentor for young riders.

Speedway racer Ivan Mauger at the New Zealand sports awards. Photo: PHOTOSPORT
Speedway racer Ivan Mauger. Source: Photosport

Christchurch-born Mauger won 15 world titles in total, mostly in the 1970s, along with countless other events and enjoyed international celebrity status.

He was crowned New Zealand sportsman of the year in 1977 and 1979 and was later inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.

His six solo world titles - in 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1977 and 1979 - is matched only by Swedish great Tony Rickardsson while he was also a runner-up three times.

Mauger was a three-time long track world champion, two-time pairs champion and four-time World Team Cup winner.

The first three team titles came with Great Britain before the last came with New Zealand, in 1979.

He represented Great Britain after venturing to England to race as a teenager.

He rode for numerous British speedway teams in a sport which rode a golden wave of popularity.

The memorabilia includes a 24 carat gold-plated motorbike – the Triple Crown Special. Source: 1 NEWS

Mauger is survived by Raye, his wife of 61 years, and three children.

New Zealand's Ivan Mauger, regarded by many as the world's greatest speedway rider after winning six individual world championships, died at the age of 78. Source: 1 NEWS


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Anthony Joshua delivers seventh round knockout, defends world titles against Alexander Povetkin

Anthony Joshua has kept his status as the biggest name in world boxing, defeating Russia's Alexander Povetkin at London's Wembley Stadium this morning with a seventh round knockout.

Coming into the fight with his WBO, WBA, IBO and IBF titles on the line, Joshua began brightly against 39-year old Povetkin, landing some early blows in the opening round, before Povetkin began to rattle the undefeated Brit with some shots of his own.

Joshua was then rattled towards the end of the first round, as Povetkin landed a blow to the nose to draw blood from his opponent.

Povetkin attempted to capitalise on his early success, and started to try and control the fight at the start of the third round, most notably with his left hook stopping Joshua find any sort of rhythm.

However, Joshua was able to inflict some damage of his own, cutting Povetkin above the left eye with a stinging uppercut.

It was in the sixth round though that the fight truly came to life, with both fighters seeming to exchange blows at will.

Joshua stamped his authority in the seventh, knocking Povetkin to the canvas in the seventh, before finishing the fight with a volley of blows as the officials bought the bout to an end.

Joshua will now almost certainly line up a bout with American and WBC champion Deontay Wilder, looking to add the final heavyweight world title to his collection.

 Anthony Joshua punches Alexander Povetkin
Anthony Joshua punches Alexander Povetkin Source: Getty

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Kiwi surfer Paige Hareb wins silver at World Surf Games in Japan

New Zealand surfer Paige Hareb has won silver at the women's final of the World Surfing Games in Japan this afternoon.

The 28-year-old from Taranaki finished in second place behind Australian surfer Sally Fitzgibbons.

Hareb's best two scores were 7.93 and 6.73 in the final, enough to edge out her South African rival Bianca Buitendag.

The Kiwi surfer made the final after a sensational performance in the last seconds of her qualifying heat this afternoon.

She had a slow start in her heat scoring 6.20 and 6.40 before she nailed an 8.6 to secure a total heat score of 15.00 out of 20.

Hareb's best scores were 7.93 and 6.73, with Aussie surfer Sally Fitzgibbons winning gold at the event. Source: SKY


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Granddaughter following in sporting footsteps of New Zealand's oldest living Olympian

Our oldest living Olympian is adding to her list of proud moments, with her granddaughter following in her sporting success.

Ngaire Galloway (nee Lane) is getting ready to watch 17-year-old Gina Galloway compete at next month's 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

Described as a "a powerful and stylish swimmer", Galloway was New Zealand’s first female swimmer to hold concurrent junior, intermediate and senior national records.

She was also the only swimmer and female in the New Zealand team to compete at the 1948 London Games.

Seventy years on, granddaughter Gina is showing the same form. Last year she won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games in The Bahamas.

Gina visited her Nana in Nelson today for a final "goodluck" before her next big event.

The pair not only share the swimming gene, they are both backstroke specialists too.

"From a young age, listening to all her stories, of her travels, the friends she's made and the experiences she's gained from swimming has been really really inspiring," Gina told 1 NEWS.

Both agree the technique has changed , but the goal - to be the fastest- remains the same.

"Three years ago I was still swimming 30 lengths, but I struck some back trouble," says Ngaire.

At 92, she’s enjoying being a spectator.

"She's able to livestream into the races I'm doing and Dad always sends her the links so she can watch. It's always cool knowing she's watching from Nelson," says Gina.

Now Ngaire hopes to catch Gina's medal moment in Argentina.

"I'd probably just about collapse with excitement."

"You better be careful," she tells her granddaughter.

Ngaire Lane, 92, is getting ready to watch her granddaughter compete at the Youth Olympics. Source: 1 NEWS


'You tapped the glass window' - Conor McGregor mocks UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov about bus attack

Irish mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor has finally faced off with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in New York, with neither fighter holding back in a war of words during a press conference in New York today.

Nurmagomedov criticised McGregor's ground game and fitness inside the octagon.

"I think I am going to make him tired," said Nurmagomedov.

"When he is tired he always gives up."

The two are set face off for the UFC lightweight title on October 7 in Las Vegas.

He also mocked McGregor's move to boxing where he lost by TKO against Floyd Mayweather Jr last year.

"When you move to box(ing) he tapped there. You tap like chicken."

The 30-year-old Irish star was quick to fire back, mocking Nurmagomedov for his reaction during his bus attack in April, where he threw a steel dolly at a bus full of UFC fighters in Brooklyn.

"You tapped the bus window," said McGregor.

The former lightweight and featherweight UFC champ agreed to a plea deal with the Brooklyn District Attorney's office in July, which allowed him to avoid a criminal record.

"I'll tap your head off the canvas."

McGregor has an MMA record of 21 wins and three losses, with Nurmagomedov unbeaten in 26 bouts.

The outspoken Irish fighter hasn't fought since November 2016, where he became the first double champion in the UFC after defeating Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight strap at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Khabib and other UFC stars were on a bus in Brooklyn in April when Conor threw a steel dolly at the window. Source: UFC


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