TODAY |

Rio live - as it happened: Valerie Adams claims silver after US rival's astonishing final throw

Recap the action from a silver day for New Zealand in Rio.

2.25pm: Well, that brings a dramatic end to our live blog from Rio. Two more silver medals to the NZ tally. That colour is becoming very familiar. But well done to Rebecca Scown and Genevieve Behrent, and of course, Valerie Adams. Not the result we all expected, but sometimes, you just get beaten by a better competitor.

Tonight, NZ's got four crews in rowing finals, including Mahe Drysdale and Emma Twigg.

And, that man Usain Bolt opens his campaign in the 100m heats. 

2.14pm: The ONE News crew in Rio will hope to catch up with Adams at some stage this afternoon. Her medal ceremony will be tomorrow. 

United States' Michelle Carter wins the gold medal in the women's shot put Source: Associated Press

2.04pm: It's going to take a while for this to sink it. But let's appreciate Carter's performance for a second. Her last throw, her last chance of winning, and she delivers something special.

1.57pm: That, ladies and gentlemen, is the beauty of sport. Adams looked to have wrapped up the gold with her second throw of 20.42m, but Michelle Carter of the US pulled out an astonishing effort of 20.63m. Adams couldn't beat it with her last effort. 

1.52pm: NO! Carter goes huge. Adams pushed into second! 

1.45pm: Penultimate throw for Adams. Short of 20m again. Carter is her only serious rival, but can't get over 20m.

1.40pm: Adams went quick, and wasn't happy. She walks out of the circle so is red flagged.

1.39pm: Going in reverse order now. Carter improves her best to 19.87m.

1.31pm: Three throws down, three to go. Adams in front. Four athletes are cut for the rest of the competition. 

1.24pm: Third throw for Adams, short of 20m. 19.80. She remains in front. 

1.22pm: Carter's third effort can't beat her second.

1.21pm: End of the second round. Adams leads by 60cm over Carter of the US. 

1.15pm: DOUBLE WOW! Adams goes HUGE. 20.42m to retake the lead! What does that say to the rest of the field? 

1.13pm: WOW! Carter from the US has thrown 19.82m. She leads Adams by 3cm. 

1.12pm: Everyone has thrown now, and Adams remains in front. They have three throws each before eight more go onto the next phase. 

1.06am: Adams' first throw is 19.79m. Went a little high for her liking. 

1.01pm: Carter from US first up with a throw of 19.12m.

New Zealand's Valerie Adams competes in the Women's Shot Put Qualifying Round Source: Associated Press

12.58pm: And they are out. Athletes being introduced. 

12.45pm: Here is the throwing order for the women's shot put final. Adams is fourth. 

Michelle Carter (USA), Geisa Arcanjo (Brazil), Raven Saunders (USA), Valerie Adams (NZ), Aliona Dubitskaya (Belarus), Gong Lijiao (China), Christina Schwanitz (Germany), Auriol Mekemnang (Cameroon), Natalie Duco (Chile), Alena Abramchuk (Belarus), Anita Marton (Hungary), Cleopatra Borel (Trinidad and Tobago)

12.21pm: Australia are pumping Brazil in the hockey, so NZ will drop back to fourth in their pool. That means they should meet Germany in the quarters. 

12.01pm: US sneak through. Four from four, but not entirely convincing. 

11.59am: Wow, 5.2secs in the basketball. US leads Serbia 94-91. 

11.52am: Around an hour until the women's shot put final. 

11.48am: The pace got too much for Hamblin who dropped off the main pack during the final lap. Qualification for the next round looks unlikely. 

She says she is disappointed with her race, but hasn't "had the legs" in her last few races. 

11.44am: She's off. A fast heat.

11.40am: Hamblin is on the track, racing in heat two. 

11.35am: World record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia won the first heat.  

Nikki Hamblin at Glasgow 2014

11.28am: Nikki Hamblin will be hitting the track shortly int the 1500m heats.

11.10am: Less than two hours now until Valerie Adams throws for gold. Or, as one Twitter account suggests, until Steven Adams' sister competes. Hmmmm.

10.53am: Score update... 

10.45am: The US men's basketball team are back on court. They lead Serbia 46-35 late in the second quarter. 

10.24am: Full time in the hockey, final result 3-1. NZ will place third or fourth in the pool, with Australia still to play easybeats Brazil. 

10.23am: This from team pursuit rider Aaron Gate after a fourth-place finish. 

"All the teams have gone up another level, it shows the development and growth of the sport," he said.

"We couldn't quite connect the dots today.

10.21am: Belgium hit the back of goal. NZ appeal, claiming it was struck by the back of the stick, but it's denied. 3-1 NZ. 

New Zealand's Simon Child, foreground, celebrates with his team-mates. Source: Associated Press

10.15am: NZ are three up and are in the quarter-finals! Surely! Hugo Inglis scores. 

10am: This from Paul Hobbs at the velodrome.

The 2015 world champions were a long way off the pace in the bronze medal ride against Denmark. Down a second after the first kilometre , the quartet had no more shots to fire falling further and further back.

Their final time of 3.56.753 was the slowest ride of three at these games. 

9.56am: Black Sticks men now two goals to the good. Nick Wilson on the score sheet.

9.53am: A stunning pursuit final. GB set another world record, put were pushed all the way by the Aussies.  Wiggins now has eight Olympic medals, the most by any Brit. 

9.50am: NZ never in it. But in good news, Simon Child has put the hockey men 1-0 up over Belgium.

9.45am: Comfortable win for Denmark. No bronze for NZ. They'll be dancing in the streets of Copenhagen tonight. Tillykke (congratulations). 

9.41am: Pieter Bulling, Aaron Gate, Dylan Kennett and Regan Gough are in the blocks. 4000m to go. 

9.36am: One race to go then NZ v Denmark.

Halftime in the men's hockey and NZ are drawing 0-0 with Belgium. A draw will see NZ into the quarter-finals.

9.30am: There's been one medal already for NZ today. Will there be another? Team pursuit out shortly.

9.20am: Dawkins in his repechage. One of three to go through. He just misses out, having gone on the outside round the final corner. The German rider progresses. 

9.12am: If you missed it earlier, our Black Sticks women had a highly creditable draw with the Dutch. 

9.10am: From the diving pool, where New Zealand's Elizabeth Cui was 24th in the women's 3m springboard. She won't be progressing. 

9.09: Webster takes the win. 

9.07am: Dawkins and Webster are up.

Canoe sprinter raring to go on Tuesday after long build up. Source: 1 NEWS

8.55am: Lisa Carrington has spoken with ONE News. She gets underway on Tuesday.

8.50am: Dawkins and Webster will face each other in the individual sprint. But it's not knock-out - the loser could get another life in the repechage. 

8.40am: Wow, US keeper Hope Solo (she of Zika fame), has launched an astonishing attack on Sweden after her side lost on penalties earlier this morning.

NZ men's pursuit team Source: Getty

8.30am: NZ team's of Pieter Bulling, Aaron Gate, Dylan Kennett and Regan Gough will race Denmark in about an hour for bronze. The Danes were about two seconds quicker.

8.25am: Britain set a new world record! NZ were five seconds slower but go through to the bronze medal race! 

8.22am: Men's team pursuit team is now up against Great Britain. The Brits have the small matter of TdF winner Bradley Wiggins in their four. 

Edward Dawkins of New Zealand competes in the Men's Sprint Qualifying Source: Getty

8.10am: This from Paul Hobbs at the velodrome: Little wonder Great Britain pipped the Kiwis in the team sprint yesterday at the Rio velodrome. Two of their riders Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner qualified fastest in the individual sprint each breaking the Olympic Record. Kiwis Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins breezed through qualifying in 9th and 10th position respectively. The top 18 riders qualify for the next round to get underway shortly

Philllipa Behrent, mum to women's pair medallist Genevieve, says it’s been a long road to Rio’s Olympics. Source: 1 NEWS

7:40am: Phillippa Behrent, mother of silver medalst Genevieve, has spoken to ONE News about her daughter's success.

7:28am: 1st place for Burling and Tuke in race 1 of the 49er class, a great start from the boys there!

7:19am: The Women's cycling team sprint duo of Natasha Hansen and Olivia Podmore have failed to qualify for the next stage of competition, while Eddie Dawkins and Sam Webster are up next in the individual sprint.

7:00am: USA have been knocked out of the Women's football, meaning they won't walk away with a medal for the first time ever after losing to Sweden in a penalty shootout.

6:58am: After delays earlier in the day, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are underway in race 1 of the 49er class.

6:34am: Racewalker Quentin Rew has been disqualified from the 20km event after incurring 3 penalties.

6:00am: Just a quick recap of some of the highlights that have happened so far today:

Rebecca Scown and Genevieve Behrent picked up a silver medal in the Women's pair, New Zealand's sixth of the games so far.

Valerie Adams has qualified for the shotput final today, only taking one throw to cement her place.

The Black Sticks women have come from behind to snatch a draw against the Netherlands, earning their progression through to the quarter finals with a game to spare.

Both Mahe Drysdale and Emma Twigg have qualified for their respective finals, Drysdale coming first in his semi-final, Twigg finishing second in hers.

5:16am: Chloe Tipple has finished 13th in qualification in the Women's skeet shooting.

5:01am: Swimmer Matthew Hutchins has finished 3rd in his 1500m freestyle heat with a time of 15:32:60.

3:46am: Richie Patterson has come in 6th in the weightlifting. 

3:40am: It appears that all sailing scheduled for this morning has been postponed to allow for some wind to build, more as it comes.

3:28am: And it's all over, 1-1 between the Black Sticks and the Netherlands at full time, a great result for the Hockey women! The result also means that they've qualified for the quarter finals.

3:26am: GOAL! Kayla Whitelock has got the Black Sticks level! The umpire wants to check but rules that the goal will stand! Great resillience from the Black Sticks here, finding an eualiser with just under a minute to go.

3:04am: No change in score at the end of the third quarter for the Black Sticks, still trailing the Netherlands by 1-0.

2:34am: Bad news for the Black Sticks, the Netherlands have taken the lead just before half-time from a penalty corner and now lead 1-0. A big effort needed from them now to get back into this game.

2:14am: SILVER! A silver medal for the women's rowing pair, with Rebecca Scown and Genevieve Behrent picking up a medal!

2:07am: The Black Sticks women are in action at the moment against the Netherlands, scores at 0-0 as the girls target what would be a massive upset.

1:49am: The canoe sprinters are gearing up for a tough day of competition, with Lisa Carrington ready to go!

1:41am: Rowing duo Julia Edward and Sophie MacKenzie have just missed out on a medal in the lightweight double scull, coming in 4th place. 

1:31am: More good news now as Valerie Adams has qualified for her final after just 1 throw! She threw a massive 19.74 metres, she'll now get to rest up before she goes for a medal later today.

1:20am: Emma Twigg has come in second in her single scull semi final, making it through to compete for a medal with a time of 7:48:20.

Valerie Adams in action. Source: Photosport

1:09am: A great start to the day for the New Zealand rowers, with Mahe Drysdale comfortably taking out his single scull semi final, with a time of 7:03:70, he'll be going for gold later on in the day.

It's another packed day for our Kiwi athletes, with Rowing, Hockey, Athletics and Weightlifting just some of the events featuring Kiwi hopefuls, most notably the likes of Valerie Adams and Mahe Drysdale.