New Zealand flagbearer Shane Dobbin has missed out on a medal in the men's 5000m speed skating event, after ending sixth after his heat.
Dobbin, racing in the eighth heat against Russian Ivan Skobrev, finished in 6:26.90 to be sixth with five pairs left to race at the Adler Arena Skating Centre. He eventually finished 14th, with a time that fell just outside his best achieved in 2011.
Skobrev completed the 12 1/2 laps in 6:19.83, just 0.32 seconds behind then-leading compatriot Denis Yuskov. The Russians would eventually finished sixth and seventh as Sven Kramer, Jan Blokhuijsen and Jorrit Bergsma completed a medal clean-sweep for the Netherlands. Kramer's time was 16.14 seconds quicker than Dobbin.
Shane Dobbin leads the New Zealand team into Fisht Stadium.
Snowboarders Shelly Gotlieb, Stefi Luxton, Christy Prior and Rebecca Torr are interviewed by Sky Sport's Hayley Holt.
Snowboarders Shelly Gotlieb, Stefi Luxton, Christy Prior and Rebecca Torr pose in the Olympic rings in the athletes village.
Members of the NZ Olympic team arrive at the Athletes Village at Rosa Khutor.
Members of the NZ Olympic team are welcomed to the Athletes Village at Rosa Khutor.
Flagbearer Shane Dobbin leads the New Zealand team into the Olympic stadium.
Speed skater Shane Dobbin practises at the Adler Arena Skating Centre.
NZ flagbearer Shane Dobbin is presented with the Te Mahutonga cloak and a pounamu pendant by Chef de Mission Peter Wardell.
NZ flagbearer Shane Dobbin at the Athletes Village.
Shelly Gotlieb presents a Games volunteer with a New Zealand pin.
Shelly Gotlieb competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle qualification round.
Stefi Luxton competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle qualification round.
Christy Prior competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle qualification round.
Rebecca Torr competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle qualification round.
Byron Wells waves to the crowd as the New Zealand team enters the Olympic stadium.
Beau-James Wells gets some air during the men's ski slopestyle practice.
With the mountains as a back-drop, Jossi Wells practises for the men's ski slopestyle.
Anna Willox-Silfverberg goes big during women's ski slopestyle training.
Skeleton racer Ben Sandford makes his way down a practice run at the Sanki Sliding Centre.
Katharine Eustace completes a run during skeleton practice at the Sanki Sliding Centre.
Snowboarder Shelly Gotlieb and Chef de Mission Peter Wardell tour the New Zealand section at the Athletes Village.
New Zealand's Shane Dobbin competes against Russia's Ivan Skobrev during the men's 5000m.
Shane Dobbin competes in the men's 5000m speed skating competition.
Kiwi skeleton racer Ben Sandford waits to take a practice run at the Sanki Sliding Centre.
Anna Willcox's New Zealand and Olympics inspired nails.
Anna Willcox has a message for back home after her first run in women's ski slopestyle qualifying.
Shelly Gotlieb is dwarfed by the mountains and sky during her semifinals run.
Rebecca Torr competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle semifinals.
The three Wells brothers (from left) Beau-James, Jossi and Byron, with father Bruce (second right).
New Zealand's Bex Sinclair competes in the women's snowboard halfpipe qualifying at Rosa Khutor.
Skeleton racer Katharine Eustace gets in a practice run at the Sanki Sliding Center.
Jossi Wells competes in the men's ski slopestyle qualifying round.
New Zealand's Jossi Wells reacts after a run during the men's ski slopestyle final.
Beau-James Wells competes during the men's ski slopestyle qualification round.
Katharine Eustace hurtles down the skeleton ice during the first of two runs.
Katharine Eustace waves to the crowd after one of her two skeleton heats runs.
Katharine Eustace waves to the crowd after her third run during the women's skeleton at the Sanki Sliding Center.
Ben Sandford quipped to media after his first two skeleton runs: "I'm usually pretty good at skeleton".
Katharine Eustace matched Jossi Wells' 11th-place finish as best New Zealand result in Sochi.
Ben Sandford qualified for the men's skeleton final, finishing 20th.
Skeleton racer Ben Sandford was the only Kiwi in action on Day 8 in Sochi.
Ben Sandford flies down the Sanki track to his best time of 57.67 seconds.
Jossi Wells in action during qualifying for the men's ski halfpipe final.
Beau-James Wells in action during qualifying for the men's ski halfpipe final.
Lyndon Sheehan gets upside-down during men's ski halfpipe qualifying.
Shane Dobbin flies around Adler Arena during the men's 10,000m final.
Shane Dobbin skates to seventh in the men's 10,000m final.
New Zealand's Adam Barwood brushes by a gate during one of his giant slalom runs.
Jossi Wells awaits his score after a round during the men's ski halfpipe final at Rosa Khutor.
Queenstown's Adam Barwood speeds down the giant slalom course, on his way to 44th out of 109 in the men's event.
New Zealand's Janina Kuzma in action during the women's ski halfpipe qualification round.
Kiwi Janina Kuzma anxiously awaits her score after a women's ski halfpipe qualifying run.
Janina Kuzma flies high during the women's ski halfpipe final.
Queenstown's Adam Barwood completed his first slalom run in 54.21 seconds.
Adam Barwood, the last New Zealander in action in Sochi.
New Zealand's Adam Barwood managed 26th overall in the men's slalom.
Dobbin, who led the New Zealand team into Fisht Stadium during yesterday's opening ceremony, was behind Skobrev from the second crossover but, despite falling over 10 seconds behind, finished strong to end 7.07 seconds behind the Russian.
The 34-year-old bettered his result from Vancouver four years ago, when he finished 17th in a time of 6:33.38.
Dobbin will also compete in the men's 10,000m, his more favoured event, on February 18.
SOLID EFFORT: Shane Dobbin produced a quality time of 6:26.90 but will miss the medals in the men's 5000m speed skating event.