Waddell: One milestone down, one more to go

17:00, Jul 31 2014
HAPPY MAN: NZ team chef de mission Rob Waddell is delighted with their success so far in Glasgow, and hopes they are not done yet.
RESPECTED: Rob Waddell has made a superb impression in his new role as NZ team chef de mission in Glasgow.

Six-hundred down, 10 to go.

New Zealand team chef de mission Rob Waddell didn't want to shout it too loud, but they were desperate to reach 600 New Zealand Commonwealth Games medals in Glasgow.

Their flagbearer Valerie Adams got there, just, when she pipped weightlifter Stanislav Chalaev to the milestone.

Barely 20 minutes later when Chalaev gripped and groaned his way to back-to-back silver medals, New Zealand had matched their Delhi haul of 36 by the end of day seven, remaining fifth on the medal table.

Now their second-most successful Games, the 45 medals snared in Manchester in 2002, stands as the next target.

''It's hard to say [targets] until you're in the middle of it, then you get a good take on where it's at. If you do a loose count then [beating Manchester] is a possibility, and fingers crossed there's some good chances coming up,'' Waddell said.


Ten medals on the final four days of competition would take them to 46, and a stellar Games haul.

The road cycling time trial, featuring the accomplished Linda Villumsen and Jesse Sergent, was scheduled overnight.

Boxing was guaranteed two medals via David Nyika and David Light, bowls remained a chance in two events and diver Li Feng Yang and squash mixed doubles pair Joelle King and Martin Knight were also strong hopes.

Then there's the team sports; netball and men's and women's hockey who all remained on track for a podium.

That meant a happy chef de mission at his first Games, whose choice to hand Adams the New Zealand flag at the opening ceremony had some nice symmetry.

''What we're most pleased about is the colour of the medals. There's been a good haul of golds which is great. No doubt about it, we wanted to do better than Delhi and in terms of golds we've done that [there were just six in 2010]. You always want to keep improving and doing better,'' Waddell said.

Adams jets back to her Swiss base and will miss Monday's (NZ time) closing ceremony, and Waddell was now occupied by the question of who to hand the flag to when the New Zealand team march into Hampden Park.

The track cycling team, sevens rugby and swimmers were all shipping out before the closing ceremony, meaning double gold medallist Sam Webster and swimmers Lauren Boyle and Sophie Pascoe were ruled out.

Waddell said the track cycling team were the obvious choices for stars of the games, with 11 medals, but his highlight to date went to a different set of wheels.

''I was at the mountainbiking and I was blown away by what those boys did [Anton Cooper and Sam Gaze]. Just the way they did it, with the aggression and great seeing New Zealand one-two. It's very competitive among those two but great for New Zealand.''

On that note, then Cooper at just 19 could be in the mix to carry the flag. So too could Chalaev, a colossus at successive Games, or gold medallist bowler Jo Edwards.

Waddell said the team was thrilled by Glasgow's hosting. ''They've put on a wonderful Games.''

And the 600 milestone made it even sweeter.

''It's something we talked about cautiously and quietly we really hoped to do it. It says a lot about our history and pride in being involved with the Commonwealth Games.

''The medals have been coming thick and fast and it's a lot to keep up with. The stars certainly aligned with Val being the flagbearer and the gold medal, it's a wonderful achievement.''


*2014, Glasgow - 36 (12 gold, 10 silver, 14 bronze)

2010, Delhi - 36 (6 gold, 22 silver, 8 bronze)

2006, Melbourne - 31 (6 gold, 12 silver, 13 bronze)

2002, Manchester - 45 (11 gold, 13 silver, 21 bronze)

1998, Kuala Lumpur - 34 (8 gold, 6 silver, 20 bronze)

1994, Victoria - 41 (5 gold, 16 silver, 20 bronze)

1990, Auckland - 58 (17 gold, 14 silver, 27 bronze)

*4 days to go


(After day 7)

GOLD - 12: Sam Webster (individual sprint), men's team sprint - Sam Webster, Eddie Dawkins, Ethan Mitchell, Tom Scully (men's 40km points race), Shane Archbold (men's 20km scratch race), Jo Edwards (women's singles bowls), Sally Johnston (women's 50m prone rifle), Richie Patterson (men's 85kg weightlifting), Sophie Pascoe (women's para-swimming 100m breaststroke SB9), Anton Cooper (mountain biking), Lauren Boyle (women's 400m freestyle), Sophie Pascoe (women's para-swimming 200m medley S10), Val Adams (women's shot put)

SILVER - 10: Tom Walsh (shot put), Julia Ratcliffe (hammer throw), Sam Webster (Keirin, cycling), Simon van Velthooven (1km time trial), Adrian Leat (men's 73kg judo), Moira de Villiers (women's 70kg judo), men's rugby sevens team, Lauren Boyle (women's 800m freestyle), Sam Gaze (mountain biking), Stanislav Chalaev (men's 105kg weightlifting)

BRONZE - 14: Zane Robertson (5000m), Eddie Dawkins (individual sprint), Aaron Gate (men's 40km points race), men's team pursuit cycling - Marc Ryan, Pieter Bulling, Dylan Kennett, Shane Archbold, Marc Ryan (men's individual pursuit), Matthew Archibald (1km time trial), Jason Koster (men's 100kg judo), Tim Slyfield (men's 100kg judo), Darcina Manuel (women's 57kg judo), women's fours bowls - Selina Goddard, Amy McIlroy, Mandy Boyd, Val Smith, Joelle King (women's singles squash), Tayla Ford (women's 58kg wrestling), Sam Belkin (men's 97kg wrestling), Tracey Lambrechs (women's 75kg+ weightlifting)