Watch: Rookie Kiwi freeskier goes from late invite to X Games silver medallist with insane superpipe run

A 17-year-old freeskier from Christchurch has gone from a late invite rookie to silver medallist in the span of 24 hours after claiming second place in an X Games event in the US.

Miguel Porteous claimed an X Games silver medal in the men's superpipe this morning, having only been invited to the competition as a replacement.

He was only able to compete after another skier was injured.

"I just can't really fathom it right now," Miguel said.

"It's unbelievable!"

The result wasn't all smooth skiing though after the youngster crashed in his first run after days of snowy conditions in Aspen made the pipe icy.

"I wasn't really in the right head space to start with," he said.

"I was still feeling a little bit of disbelief about being there and it was cold." 

But he wasn't the only freeskier having trouble.

After the first two runs, only one competitor, Canadian Noah Bowman, had been able to land a full run - his efforts eventually saw him take bronze.

But the young Kiwi had one trick up his sleeve before his silver medal-earning run no one else knew of.

"After the first run I got back to the top of the pipe and just tried to relax. I dance around a bit and listened to a song I like before I dropped in."

The rest was history as Miguel went on execute a strong technical run, spinning both ways down the pipe while incorporating three double flips as well as a left double 1260 to wow the Aspen crowds.

The winner of the event was USA's Aaron Blunck.



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


Former UFC champion Jon Jones to return to the octagon after 15-month doping suspension

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones should be eligible to fight by late October after completing a 15-month suspension for a doping violation.

The US Anti-Doping Agency today announced the length of Jones' ban for his second violation of the UFC's anti-doping policy.

The decision means the 31-year-old Jones could even fight at UFC 230 in New York on November 3, if the UFC decides to book his comeback bout on that card.

Jones is widely considered the best pound-for-pound mixed martial artist in the world, but he has repeatedly sabotaged his own career.

He reclaimed the light heavyweight title from Daniel Cormier last year, but the victory was taken away when he tested positive for a steroid metabolite.

Jones also failed an out-of-competition test in 2016.

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 29:  (L-R) Jon Jones punches Daniel Cormier in their UFC light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 214 event inside the Honda Center on July 29, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Jon Jones punches Daniel Cormier in their UFC light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 214 event inside the Honda Centre in Anaheim, California. Source: Getty


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