Top-5 medal chances you've never heard about

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 05:00 09/07/2014
ONE TO WATCH: Cyclist Patrick Bevin will put his devastating sprint to use in the points race and individual pursuit on the track in Glasgow.
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ONE TO WATCH: Cyclist Patrick Bevin will put his devastating sprint to use in the points race and individual pursuit on the track in Glasgow.

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Valerie Adams, Tom Walsh, Lauren Boyle - some of the most well known medal chances for New Zealand at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

There are, however, a number of Kiwis in the hunt for a medal that you may not know. Ian Anderson previews the top five NZ medal hopes you've never heard of.

DIVING:

The 24-year-old Wellingtonian was a late addition to the team after top performances at Grand Prix events in Canada, Puerto Rico - where he registered a 10-point dive - and Mexico, while he also broke the national men's platform record. Injury saw the former Chinese native switch to coaching a few years ago, but a return to fitness brought him back to competition and he could nab a medal in the 10 metre platform event, while also contesting the 1m and 3m springboard.

LAWN BOWLS: Richard Girvan and Blake Signal

Auckland's Girvan has been a prolific winner at national and international level over the past decade - including a world championship fours gold in 2008 - without grabbing headlines. Hutt Valley's Signal was a national champ in the pairs and fours in 2012 and forced his way into the team with strong showings in Glasgow last year and with the NZ Development team in Australia this year. The NZ men's pairs combination may fare well on the slow greens at the Games.

CYCLING: Patrick Bevin

Gold in the points race, silver in the individual pursuit and bronze in the scratch race at the recent national champs made the 22-year-old Taupo rider an obvious selection. He followed that up by winning the sprint points jersey honours in the Tour of Ireland, in which he also won two stages during the eight-day tour and had the tour lead before his team-mates fell ill. Possessing a devastating sprint, Bevin will be one to watch in the hectic action of the points race in Glasgow and in the individual pursuit.

JUDO: Ivica Pavlinic

A medal in Glasgow would cap a remarkable comeback for the 25-year-old judoka from Hamilton, who is now based in Queensland. Pavlinic suffered a fractured skull in 2011 when attacked from behind as he walked back from his car from work, forcing him to miss the 2012 Olympics. But the 81kg class fighter is now ranked number two in the Commonwealth and  12th in world after winning the recent Oceania title.

BOXING: David Nyika

Another late addition to the team also has medal-winning potential. The Hamilton 18-year-old won a silver medal at an international event in Poland earlier this year, then went one better with gold in Albania before clinching a berth for Glasgow by triumphing at the North Island Golden Gloves. His trainer Rick Ellis believes the light heavyweight will eventually be a better boxer than David Tua and Joseph Parker.

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