Three swimming medals highlight day 5 in Rio
11 August 2016
DAILY REVIEW: There was a sensational three medals in the pool, a heartbreaking near miss in the road cycling and encouraging signs in team sports on day 4 at the Games 0- including the men’s basketball team who almost defeated Team USA.
Below is a summary for each sport.
Team bronze medallist Ryan Tyack went down in his opening round of the 1/32 individual event at the Sambodromo, losing to Robin Ramaekers of Belgium 6-2.
The Australian men’s basketball team produced one of their best ever performances in Olympic competition in a 98-88 loss to the United States of America at the Carioca Arena 1. The Aussies led at half-time but the Dream Team got away in the final quarter.
Seventh seeded Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy won through to the Round of 16 with an emphatic 27-25, 18-21, 16-14 victory over the six-seeded Netherlands. Their third consecutive win put them atop Pool E with a maximum six points, giving the best chance for a favourable draw in the knockout stages.
Australia’s second pairing of Maria fe del Solar and Nicole Laird suffered a 21-16, 21-11 loss to China in their final Pool C match played in wet conditions at Copacabana Stadium. The duo who train in Adelaide and are from the same high school in Sydney end their campaign.
Heartbreak for Rohan Dennis in the men’s individual road time trial. Dennis was fastest at the halfway mark by 15 seconds before a need to use a replacement bike cost him valuable time and he ended up finishing fifth. He stopped the clock in one hour 10 minutes and 24 seconds but could easily have been silver. To start the day in wet conditions Katrin Garfoot finished ninth in the women’s event in 45 mins 35.03s, just over one minute behind gold medallist Kristin Armstrong (USA). Armstrong winning for a third consecutive time.
Mary Hanna, 61, become Australia’s oldest competing Olympian when she rode Boogie Woogie 6 in the dressage event. The duo recorded a personal best Grand Prix score of 69.643 per cent.
Sue Hearn and her horse Remmington had the honour of being first to go of the 60 strong field, riding to a score of 65.343 per cent. At the half-way point Australia is in 9th position with Kristy Oatley and Lyndal Oatley to come the next day.
The Australian women had suffered two losses to start their Olympic campaign but found form against India to win 6-1. Jodie Kenny scored her 100th goal for Australia.
A very rare second consecutive loss for the Australian men’s hockey team on day 4 against Belgium, made this game against Great Britain, less than 24 hours later, a critical game. The Australian men didn’t score until late in the game but clinched the important win 2-1.
Day five of the regatta was cancelled due to strong winds and rain. Australia’s men’s four (semi-final), women’s eight (repechage) and men’s quadruple sculls (final) are now scheduled to race on day six. The men’s pair will also be contesting a final tomorrow.
The men’s sevens side turned the formbook on its head to defeat South Africa 12-5 and qualify for the afternoon’s quarter-finals in Deodoro. Tries to Jesse Parahi, Tom Cusack and Chuck Stannard got the Aussies through.
Later in the afternoon the South Africans upstaged the Australians 22-5. The Aussies will now play for 5th on day 6.
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan made a good start to their Olympic regatta and are lying second overall. The pair had a few nerves in the first race, where they had to fight their way back into the top 10, eventually finishing in eighth. However they came back to win the second race thanks to good boat speed and exceptional handling skills in the challenging conditions.
Sydney-sider Tom Burton also found today’s conditions tough. He was lying fourth overall scored a 9 and a 14 today and is currently lying fifth overall. In the Laser Radial, Ashley Stoddart is in 11th position overall after crossing the finish line in 11th place in both today’s races. In the 470 women’s event, Carrie Smith and Jaime Ryan finished 17th and eighth and are currently lying 12th overall.
Making his OIympic debut in Rio, double trap shooter James Willett did a great job made the final and grabbed fifth place. The youngster performed strongly in the morning’s qualification to make the final, only to be out-shot by gold medallist Fehaid Aldeehani (IOA), silver medallist Marco Innocenti (ITA) and bronze medallist Steven Scott (GBR).
Australian swimmers contested three finals on Wednesday night and picked up medals in all three. To start the night Madeline Groves led early and swam a superb personal best (2:04.88) to win the silver medal. Brianna Throssell (2:07.87) was eighth.
In the highly anticipated men’s 100m freestyle final Kyle Chalmers (47.58) stormed home in the final lap to win the coveted crown. World Championship silver medallist Cameron McEvoy (48.12) finished seventh.
In the women’s 4x200m freestyle final Leah Neale, Emma McKeon, Bronte Barratt and Tamsin Cook delivered for Australia to claim silver behind the fancied Americans. Neale kept the team in touch before individual bronze medallist McKeon and individual finalist Barratt put the Aussies into a slight lead. Neale, 17, swam a great final leg to hold on for silver.
Taylor McKeown is the fastest qualifier for the 200m breaststroke and Mitch Larkin constantly qualified for the 200m backstroke final.
The men’s team are gaining momentum in the tournament. After an early loss to Brazil they drew with Hungary and today defeated Japan 8-6.