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Olympics: Natalie Rooney wins NZ's first medal

Radio New Zealand Radio New Zealand 7/08/2016

Ti Kiwi Natalie Rooney celebrates with her silver medal at Rio 2016. © Matt Kryger-USA TODAY Sports Kiwi Natalie Rooney celebrates with her silver medal at Rio 2016. maru shooter Natalie Rooney has won New Zealand's first medal at the Rio Olympics.

She finished second overall in the women's trap semi-finals, and this morning competed in the gold medal match against Australia's Catherine Skinner.

The 28-year-old from Timaru won silver.

Rio 2016 is her first Olympic Games, having narrowly missed out on a place in the London 2012 Team.

She has been competing internationally for 10 years, and in 2010 she placed 5th and 7th at the Delhi Commonwealth Games, and 4th at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Trevor Manson, past president of the Clay Target Association, said Rooney had worked hard and the medal was a boost for the local shooting community.

"We're so proud of her," said Mr Manson.

"She's really pushed it hard," he said. "She's been shooting from a very young age."

Natalie Rooney © Phil Walter/GETTY IMAGES Natalie Rooney Her family had been very supportive of her sport.

"In actual fact they've got a trap outside their back yard on their local farm in Timaru."

There was little funding for the sport in New Zealand, he said. "She's got a very, very supportive dad that does a lot of that."

Womens rugby sevens at top of pool

Meanwhile, the New Zealand womens rugby sevens team finished top of their pool at the Rio Olympics after beating France 26-7 in the final pool match.

The New Zealanders led 19-7 at half time with tries to Kelly Brazier, Huriana Manuel, Portia Woodman and Kayla McAlister.

The New Zealanders lost Gayle Broughton during the game with a knee injury.

Hockey

The New Zealand womens hockey team has opened its Olympic campaign with a 4-1 win over South Korea.

The Black Sticks scored first half goals to Kirsten Webster, Charlotte Harrison and Gemma Flynn, while Petrea Webster added the fourth just after the break.

Korea got one back late in the game.

Coach Mark Hager was very happy with the effort although he said his side still had lapses during the game, partly due to the heat taking its toll on the players.

Sally Rutherford was excellent in goal, which which kept them in front, he said.

Hager expected the team's next game against Germany tomorrow to be tough as it will take place during the hottest time of the day.

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