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Kiwis bitten late by German fox

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/08/2016 Sean Martin

You never let a fox in your hen house.

Especially when it's the final seconds of an Olympic hockey final.

But the Black Sticks men, who had for so long held world No.3 Germany at bay in open play let their guard down with time almost up on the clock.

In stole Florian Fuchs at the death to drive a dagger into the heart of the Kiwis.

Fuchs is the German word for fox and the Kiwi players, after taking a 2-0 lead only to give up three goals late on, were probably uttering a word not a million miles away from his name after the match.

Captain Simon Child was at a loss to explain the crazy last few minutes.

"You can't take the four or five minutes at the end back but I'd certainly love to, if you could.

"We played so well for such a long part of the game and then just got down to the last four or five minutes and the Germans showed why they're the two-time Olympic champs."

While their hopes of a medal may have ended, New Zealand crews in the sailing events remain in the hunt but defending women's 470 champions Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have a mountain to climb if they want to defend their title after their second disqualification of the regatta.

They blew the start of a race they won and now lie seventh overall but 22 points behind British leaders Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark.

But the pair are not discounting their hopes.

"We're just trying to sail every race as well as we can.

"We'll keep fighting and see what happens."

The Nacra 17 crew of Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders qualified fifth for the medal race and Josh Junior is also racing for a medal after finishing eighth.

Danny Lee and Ryan Fox finished down the field in golf's return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence while at the velodrome Natasha Hansen got to grips with the board to progress in the women's sprint.

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