Day 14 Preview

19 August 2016

As we near the end of the Games Australia is looking strong for a couple of medals on Day 14 with prospects in athletics, BMX at least. We also have a thrilling men’s basketball game to thrill us.

Day 14 (Friday, 19 August)

GOLF – Women’s third rounds
Rio time: 07:30, AEST: Saturday 20:00
Golfer Minjee Lee hit a four-under par 67 in the second round of the Olympic women's individual stroke play. Lee now sits just four shots behind tournament leader Inbee Park from South Korea, as the second last round is held tomorrow.

ATHLETICS – Men’s 50km walk
Rio time: 08:00, AEST: 21:00
Jared Tallent will start favourite to defend his London Olympic title, only recently awarded to him after Russian Sergey Kirdyapkin was stripped of his medal for doping. He has been battling hamstring issues but hopes are high he can win and become the most successful male track and field athlete in Australian Olympic history. He currently has a full set of medals, gold, silver and bronze.

CANOE SPRINT – K4 1000m qualifying rounds
Rio time: 09:00, AEST: 22:00
Australia is the defending Olympic champions and there is just one surviving member of the team in Rio – Jacob Clear. The new members are a mix of experience and rookies. In his third Olympics, Ken Wallace has a wealth of experience, while Jordan Wood and Riley Fitzsimmons are on debut. They are tipped to be on the podium. Prior to London they had won just one medal, in 1992, when Jordan Wood’s late father, Steven, was a member of the bronze medal-winning team.


Rio time: 10.00, AEST: 23:00

Edwina Tops-Alexander and Matt Williams will compete in the individual show jumping final – the third consecutive Olympic individual final for Tops-Alexander and Williams’ second after the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. (Read a preview website>>>)


Rio time: 10.20, AEST: 23:20

Queensland’s Danielle Prince will make her Olympic debut in the individual all-round qualification, comprising the clubs, hoop, ribbon and ball.


Rio time: 12:00, AEST: Saturday 01:30
Australia’s Chloe Esposito is in a strong position to finish the modern pentathlon well on Friday (August 19) coming in after the opening event, fencing, in 13th position. Esposito competed at London 2012, finishing in seventh place after a less successful start, and she has been working on her fencing and recently completed high altitude training in Mexico with her brother Max and coach and father Daniel. First event of the day will be the 200m swim at Deodoro Aquatic Centre before the fencing bonus round (a sudden-death, one-hit competition played in reverse order of ranking), the show jumping and finally Esposito’s pet event, the combined shooting and running. (Read a preview website>>>)

WATER POLO – Women’s classification game - 5th to 6th Australia vs Spain

Rio time: 14:10, AEST: Saturday 03:10

The final game of the Olympic campaign is against Spain as we vie for fifth place. 

ATHLETICS – Women’s 20km walk
Rio time: 14:30, AEST: Saturday 03:30
Australia has a strong three-person line-up with Rachel Talent, Regan Lamble and Tanya Holliday on the start line. A top-10 finish would be tremendous, but top-20s are realistic.

BMX – Men and Women’s medals
Rio time: 15:00, AEST: Saturday 04:00
Within 10 minutes of action, Caroline Buchanan (women) and Sam Willoughby (men) will race for gold in the BMX final. Medal hopes in London, Buchanan will be looking for the elusive medal in Rio. Willoughby won Australia’s first Olympic BMX medal with his silver in London. He will be looking to go one better in Rio. In the men’s quarter-finals yesterday he was tremendous with three victories from as many runs. His teammate, debutant Anthony Dean, was nearly as good with two wins and a second. (Read a preview website>>>)

DIVING – Men’s 10m platform preliminary

Rio Time 16:00, AEST 05:00 Saturday 20 August

Dual Olympian James Connor and Olympic debutant Domonic Bedggood will contest the preliminary rounds with both divers strong chances to finish in the top 18 competitors and qualify for the semi-finals.

BASKETBALL – Men’s semi-final Australia vs Serbia
Rio time: 19:00, AEST: Saturday 08:00

This is our 14th Olympic campaign and in previous campaigns the best has been fourth on three occasions and as recently as 2000. Can this be our first medal? This semi-final will determine if we play for gold or bronze. Prior to Rio we had met Serbia just twice in Olympic history, for two losses in the pool stages in 1996 and 2000. But in Rio the Aussies defeated Serbia in their pool match 95-80 and they will fancy repeating the effort here. (Read a preview website>>>)

ATHLETICS – Evening session: women’s pole vault/5000m/4x400m heat

Rio time: 20:30, AEST: Saturday 09:30
Eight Aussie women will line up in three events on the night. Alana Boyd has compiled a good career record and was 11th in London and at the recent Beijing world championships. Although she injured her ankle at the world indoor championships in March, she has had a good preparation and anything is possible. One of her rivals will be New Zealander Eliza McCartney, who Boyd has swapped the Oceania record with over the last year.

Three in-form athletes, Madeline Hills, Eloise Wellings and Gen La Caze, team up in the 5000m and are our first ever finalists in this event.

The first round of the women’s 4x400m relay will held with Australia able to selected from six athletes: 400m semi-finalists Morgan Mitchell and Anneliese Rubie; 400m hurdles semi-finalist Lauren Wells; world juniors finalist Jess Thornton and fresh athletes Monica Brennan and Caitlin Sargent.

Other sports in action on Day 14 are: Taekwondo (women’s -67kg and men’s -80kg) and Wrestling (men’s freestyle -74kg).


David Tarbotton

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