Mahe Drysdale wins gold in epic photo finish

Mahe Drysdale has defended his Olympic title and claimed gold in a stunning performance at the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in Rio de Janeiro today.

Kiwi supporters sat anxiously in the crowd as Drysdale got in his groove, erupting when he took the lead at 1500m.

Mahe Drysdale with his daughter Bronte after winning gold in the Men's single sculls
Mahe Drysdale with his daughter Bronte after winning gold in the Men's single sculls Source: 1 NEWS

Leading for the remaining 500m, Croatian Martin Damir snuck up on him for a tense finish but it wasn't enough to dethrone Drysdale.

Drysdale crossed the line at 6:41:34 to claim NZ's second gold of the Olympics.

Damir was credited with the exact same finishing time, with Drysdale winning by half a bow ball.

Drysdale's wife Juliette Haigh and 22-month-old daughter Bronte were among the Kiwis in the crowd, anxiously awaiting a final result.

Mahe Drysdale in single sculls heat
Mahe Drysdale in single sculls heat Source: Associated Press

"I thought he'd won silver and my first thoughts were how proud I was, I had accepted silver knowing he'd gone out and rowed such an amazing race," Haigh told ONE News straight after the race.

"Now knowing he's won gold, I still can't believe it.

"We're going to frame the bow ball!"

Rio is Drysdale's fourth Olympics and third medal after winning the same title in London (2012) and bronze in Beijing (2008).

New Kiwi baseball team attempting to lure young Black Sox softball star

The manager of New Zealand's first professional baseball team is trying to lure one of the country's best softball players back to the other side.

Steve Mintz is in the country ahead of trials for the Auckland Tuatara in three main centres this weekend and says they want Pita Rona there.

“I reached out to him and he showed some interest,” Mintz told 1 NEWS.

“We’re hoping he comes out and we’ll see what he’s got.”

Rona was tipped for big things in baseball after signing a contract with the Baltimore Orioles but he was released after two years in 2014.

The 24-year-old recently arrived back in New Zealand after touring Europe with the World Champion Black Sox where he helped the side win the Intercontinental Cup in Prague.

The Auckland Tuatara have invited Pita Rona to trials this weekend. Source: 1 NEWS



Olympic legend Usain Bolt goes airborne as he runs in zero gravity

Was it a bird? A plane?

No, Usain Bolt's latest publicity stunt.

The eight-time Olympic gold medalist took a zero-gravity flight over France today, courtesy of a champagne producer.

Taking a break from his efforts to become a professional football player, Bolt said he felt like a "kid in a candy store" after spending about four minutes floating and joking around in near-weightless conditions.

Aboard the Airbus A310 plane, the 32-year-old Jamaican caught a free-floating globule of champagne in his mouth and ran in low-gravity conditions.

The eight-time Olympic gold medallist took a zero-gravity flight in France, promoting a champagne brand. Source: Reuters


Kiwi UFC veteran Mark Hunt to battle fellow over-40 star in Moscow

UFC veteran Mark Hunt and his Russian opponent will strike plenty of blows for the over 40s in mixed martial arts, when they headline a historic card in Moscow on the weekend.

Sydneysider Hunt, who's fight catalogue bulges with bouts against other leading heavyweights, faces another world ranked adversary in Alexey Oleynik, in the first UFC promotion in Russia.

NZ-born Hunt, who is 44, is ranked eighth, three places above 41-year-old Oleynik.

The Russian, who is nicknamed "The Boa Constrictor," is a submission specialist renowned for his ground game, while Hunt remains one of the most feared stand-up fighters in the organisation.

"I think it's a classic striker versus grappler," said Hunt, whose bout will take place early Sunday (AEST).

It's the second last bout on Hunt's existing UFC contract.

While not looking past Oleynik, Hunt is eyeing a spot in Australia's next UFC show on December 2 in Adelaide.

"If I'm not injured (on the weekend) i'm going to to try and get on the (Adelaide) card," Hunt said.

The show in South Australia will be headlined by rising Australian heavyweight Tai Tuivasa, who regards Hunt as his mentor.

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Source: 1 NEWS