Three medals highlight day 1 in Rio
7 August 2016
ARCHERY – Men’s Team
Ryan Tyack, Alec Potts and Taylor Worth made history winning the nation’s first ever Olympic archery team medal when they took out the bronze in the men’s team event at the Sambodromo. After winning their quarter-final against France the side went down to eventual gold medallists Korea in the semi-final. The trio bounced back with a big win over China to secure the podium finish. They will now turn their attention to their individual competitions.
BASKETBALL – Men: Australia vs France
Australia defeated France 87-66 at Carioca Stadium to record its first win in an opening pool match at the Olympics since 1996. Patty Mills (21 points), Andrew Bogut (18 points) and Aron Baynes (14 points) led the scoring for the Australians, while Baynes dominated the boards with a game-high eight rebounds, including six at the offensive end.
BASKETBALL – Women: Australia vs Brazil
Liz Cambage took centre stage as Australia scored an 84-66 victory over hosts Brazil in their opening Group A match at the Youth Arena at Deodora. In front of a parochial home crowd that at times threatened to lift the roof off the stadium, Cambage scored a team-high 20 points and pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds as the Australians began their Olympic campaign with a spirited victory.
Bawden/Clancy vs Alfaro/C.Charles (CRC)
Australia’s top-ranked pairing of Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy started their Olympic campaign in style, soundly defeating Costa Rica in straight sets in their opening Pool F match at Copacabana Stadium. The pair nominated their strong serving and their high-intensity, physical style of play as highlights of the win. Clancy, playing in her first Olympic match, was particularly devastating on serve.
Mariafe Artacho de Solar and Nicole Laird took to centre court at midnight and played well against American medal hopes Walsh Jennings/Ross, but the young Aussies went down in straight sets. They have two more pool matches to pick up a win.
CYCLING – Men’s road race
It was a tough day for the Aussie team of Rohan Dennis, Scott Bowden, Simon Clarke and Richie Porte. Porte was forced to withdraw from the upcoming time trial after suffering a fractured right scapula (shoulder blade) when he crashed on a descent during the road race. Earlier Dennis and Bowden withdrew leaving Clarke as the only finisher in 25th.
Australia is holding down second position in the eventing team competition after strong performances from Chris Burton and Sam Griffiths on opening day. Only 1.4 penalties separate the Aussies (83.90) from leading nation Germany (82.50), but with a second day of dressage, followed by cross country and show jumping still to contest. Shane Rose and Stuart Tinney ride the dressage on day 2.
FOOTBALL – Women: Australia vs Germany
Australia showed great character but narrowly missed out on a famous triumph after a 2-2 draw with world number two Germany at Arena Corinthians. Samantha Kerr and Caitlin Foord scored first-half goals to put their campaign back on track after an opening round loss to Canada.
HOCKEY – Men: Australia vs New Zealand
Australia began their Olympic campaign with a 2-1 win over trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand. Goals from Chris Ciriello and Matt Gohdes secured the win for Australia, who now face another tough test against Spain on Sunday night (Rio time 9.30am AEST, Monday).
HOCKEY – Women: Australia vs Great Britain
The Australians delivered the brand of hockey they talked about pre-tournament but were unable to secure the points against Great Britain, going down 2-1 in their opening match. They dominated for large portions, creating excellent opportunities, but emerged with only Georgie Morgan’s 33rd minute penalty corner to show for their efforts.
Josh Katz and Chloe Rayner were both knocked out of their judo competitions in the first round. At 18, Katz became the nation’s youngest ever male judoka to compete at an Olympic Games but lost by ippon to Uzbekistan’s Diyorbek Urozboev in the -60kg division who went on to win bronze. 19-year-old Rayner also went down by ippon to Laetitia Payet of France in the -48kg division after fighting with plenty of energy early.
In a great day for Australia, the men’s and women’s single sculls both progressed to their respective quarter-finals, the men’s double sculls, women’s double sculls and men’s pair progressed to their respective semi-finals, while the men’s quadruple sculls won their heat to automatically qualify for the finals of their boat class. The women’s quadruple sculls finished second in their heat and, with only the winner automatically progressing to the A-Final, the Australians will now race in Monday’s repechage.
RUGBY SEVENS – Women
Australia booked its place in the quarter-finals after a 36-0 win over Fiji and a 53-0 win over Colombia 53-0. Australia play the USA in their third and final match in Pool A on Sunday 8 August, (Monday 2.30am AEST) with the Cup quarter-finals less than four hours later.
SWIMMING – Men’s 400m Individual Medley
Australia has two finalists but unfortunately missed the medals. Thomas Fraser-Holmes finished sixth, a place ahead of Australian teammate Travis Mahoney in the final won by Japan’s Kosuke Hagino who held off American race favourite Chase Kalisz in a thrilling finish.
SWIMMING – Men’s 400m freestyle final
Mack Horton won Australia’s first gold medal of the Rio Olympics – and Australia’s sixth in the history of the event – win victory in a time of 3 minutes 41.55 seconds. It was a composed and courageous swim from Horton, who hit the lead on the final turn before fending off the challenge of China’s Sun Yang.
SWIMMING – Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay final
Australia broke the World Record to claim gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay as the team of Emma McKeon, Brittany Elmslie, Bronte and sister Cate Campbell ensured Australia defended its Olympic title from London 2012. They clocked three minutes 30.65 seconds, bettering Australia's previous world-best mark of 3:30.98 set at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
TABLE TENNIS – Women’s singles, Preliminary Round
2012 Paralympian Melissa Tapper became the first Australian to compete in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games when she competed in the opening preliminary round of the table tennis. Unfortunately, the Australian did not progress from the tight match, losing four sets to two to Brazil’s Caroline Kumahara. Jian Fang Lay was the only Aussie to progress in the singles competition after two patient wins; she will face world number 13 Mengyu Yu (Sing) on Sunday evening (Rio time). David Powell went out in straight sets and Chris Yan lost 4-2.
Olympic debutant John Millman created Olympic history in a day of mixed results for the Australian team. Millman became the first men’s singles player to win to love in Olympic history as he disposed of the higher ranked Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis 6-0 6-0. Millman was the only singles victor for Australia with fellow Olympic debutants Jordan Thompson and Thanasi Kokkinakis going down in close contests.
The Rodionova sisters, Stosur/Gavrilova and Peers/Guccione all lost their opening doubles matches.
WATER POLO – Men: Australia vs Brazil
The Aussies went down in a hard-fought opener 8-7 to hosts Brazil, in what was the first meeting between the teams at an OIympics.
2016 Olympics – Superlatives
Australia Women 4x100m 3:30.65
Australia Women 4x100m (final) 3:30.65
Australia Women 4x100m (heat) 3:32.39
Mack Horton 400m 3:41.55
Travis Mahoney 400m IM 4:13.37
Jake Packard 100m breaststroke 59.26
Emma McKeon 100m Butterfly 56.81