Comm Box: Olympics come to a close, Eden Park to potentially host NRL Grand Final

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Newstalk ZB,
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Mon, 9 Aug 2021, 12:48PM
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Comm Box: Olympics come to a close, Eden Park to potentially host NRL Grand Final

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 9 Aug 2021, 12:48PM

New Zealand's Tokyo Olympics campaign has drawn to a close, and it'll go down as our most successful yet.

A total of 20 medals have been amassed by the Kiwi athletes in Tokyo - their best haul at an Olympics, surpassing the sum of 18 in Rio five years ago.

Seven gold medals have been claimed - the second best for New Zealand, sitting behind the eight golds won in the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

However, Covid-19 wasn’t been the only challenge athletes have overcome at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Our athletes have performed under the constant threat of a Covid-19 outbreak.

1 News Games Reporter Guy Heveldt says they've also competed in the hottest Olympic temperatures ever.

“I did speak to a lot of the athletes obviously after they competed, and they said this is what they've trained for, and sometimes it wasn't actually as bad as what they were preparing for. That's maybe what separated the best from the rest.”

The All Blacks will be looking to fix their efforts on defensive lineouts this week ahead of the second Bledisloe Cup test.

Australia's first try came from a lineout move, which was thrown long and set up a backline play.

After seeing 47 thousand rugby fans fill the stands at Eden Park for first Bledisloe Cup test, the NRL will consider moving the Grand Final to New Zealand.

Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium is the preferred location, but an opportunity to play under an exemption in New Zealand in front of a full house is an option, if they can't play elsewhere in Australia.

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