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Day 6 preview – Podium prospects in Water Sports

11 August 2016

Day 6 (Thursday, August 11)

The Australian athletes are having a sensational Games and on day 6 in Rio a number of medal prospects will line up. Canoe Slalom and swimming should see Aussies on the podium, while track cycling and golf kick off their competitions. Three Australian women’s teams - basketball, water polo and hockey - have pool games.

GOLF – Men’s Round 1
Rio time: 07:30 - 16:00, AEST: 20:30 – Sunday 05:00
After a 108 year’s absence, golf makes a return to the Olympics in Rio. Scott Hend and Marcus Fraser will be the first Aussies compete at the Olympics in golf and they are shooting for a medal.

ROWING
Rio time: 09:30, AEST: 20:30 – Sunday 05:00
Poor weather has for the second day cancelled competition at the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas course in Rio. Finals due to be conducted are men’s quadruple sculls and the men’s pair. Olympic debutants Alexander Lloyd and Spencer Turrin will row in the men’s pair, while our lineup in the men’s quadruple sculls will be Karsten Forsterling, Alexander Belonogoff, Cameron Girdlestone and James McRae.

WATER POLO – women’s Australia vs Italy
Rio Time: 10:20, AEST: Friday 23:20
Australia have had a near perfect start to the women’s water polo tournament with a commanding 14-4 win over Russia. Next up are the Italian’s and Australia should take the match as Italy are ranked around eighth in the world.

CANOE/KAYAK SLALOM – women’s K1
Rio time: 13:15 (semi) & 15:00 (final), AEST: Friday 02:15 (semi) & 04:00 Friday (final)
Jessica Fox was one of the surprises of the 2012 London Games when she won silver in the event and is now pushing for gold in Rio. She started her Rio campaign with a nervous eighth in her first heat run, but a second place in the next effort ensured comfortable progression to today’s semi-final. Hopefully, less than two hours later she will be in the final.

CYCLING TRACK – Men’s Team Sprint & Women’s Team Pursuit
Rio time: 16:00, AEST: Friday 5:00
London 2012 Olympian Matt Glaetzer and genuine Rio medal hope, is one of the fastest men in the velodrome and will be joined by Olympic debutants Nathan Hart and Pat Constable in Rio.
After a serious fall in training just two days ago, the brave women’s Team Pursuit Team will start their Olympic campaign in the qualifying rounds. The 2015 World Champions will be challenged by Canada, Great Britain and America for podium positions.

BASKETBALL – women’s Australia vs Japan
Rio Time: 17:45, AEST: Friday 06:45
Australia are in tremendous form remaining undefeated in three games and sitting on top of the Group A pool. Our opponents today will be Japan, who have suffered just one loss to Belarus, who Australia meet as their final pool game in two days. Australia have meet Japan just once in Olympic history, defeating them 97-78 in Athens.

HOCKEY – women’s Australia vs Argentina
Rio Time: 18:00, AEST: Friday 07:00
Australia got their Olympic campaign back on track with a great win last-up win against Japan 6-1. Today’s game against world number one team Argentina will be a major test. In five games Australia is undefeated against the South American team. The Australian’s may have an eye on the next game, in two days, against Japan which could be race for the final qualifying spot from their pool.

SWIMMING – Men’s 200m backstroke
Rio time: 22:26, AEST: Friday 11:26
Spurred on after just missing a medal in the 100m backstroke, current world champion, Mitch Larkin, looked on track for a medal in the final. Larkin could make Olympic history here as Australia has won just two bronze medals.

SWIMMING – Women’s 100m freestyle
Rio time: 23:18, AEST: Friday 12:18
Very significant Olympic history awaits the Campbell sisters as they both a chasing a position on the podium. Bronte is the World Champion and Cate is the world record holder.

Other sports in action on day six are: Badminton, Judo, Equestrian and Tennis.

DAY 5 - Medal Tally
Australia
Gold 5
Silver 2
Bronze 5
Total 12
Australia is placed fourth on the medal tally.

Medallists – Roll of Honour
GOLD
Swimming:
Men's 100m Freestyle
Kyle Chalmers

SILVER
Women’s 200m Breaststroke
Madeline Groves

Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay
Emma McKeon
Bronte Barratt
Jess Ashwood
Leah Neale
Tamsin Cook

MEDALS – 41 Australians have now won 12 medals for Australians
KYLE CHALMERS – Youngest Australian winner of an Olympic individual event since Ian Thorpe in 2000 (400m freestyle)
KYLE CHALMERS – Youngest Australian winner of the Olympic 100m Freestyle title

Olympic Records
Cate Campbell 100m Freestyle 52.78
Cate Campbell 100m Freestyle 52.71

Personal bests
Kyle Chalmers 100m Freestyle 47.58
Madeline Groves 200m Butterfly 2:04.88

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