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Buenos Aires 2018 Day 3 wrap

10 October 2018

BUENOS AIRES 2018: Another medal in the pool, tickets to the semi finals and a fantastic start to the golf competition were the highlights on Day 3 of Buenos Aires 2018.

Kaylee McKeown added to her impressive medal haul with bronze in the 200m backstroke, touching home in 2.10.67, 0.54 behind winner Tatiana Salcutan of Moldova.

After winning two silvers on night two at the pool, the 17-year-old Queenslander was stoked to add a third to her collection.

"My medal was definitely unexpected. I just wanted to get out there and enjoy the experience and to come away with another medal is really outstanding," McKeown said.

Kaylee McKeown wins 200m backstroke bronze at Buenos Aires 2018

The Australian golfers are off to a flying start, with Karl Vilips tied for first and Grace Kim tied for second after day 1 of strokeplay at Buenos Aires’ Hurlingham Golf Club.

Vilips shot a 1-under 69, making his move with three birdies on the final five holes. Vilips’ phenomenal back nine launched the 17-year-old into the lead which he shares with USA’s Ashkay Bhatia, Thailand’s Vanchai Luangnitikul and Italy’s Andrea Romano.

Kim shot a 1-over 71, bouncing back with birdies on holes 12, 13 and 16 after dropping three shots on the front nine. Kim heads into day two three shots behind Italy’s Alessio Nobilio.

With the medals to be decided over the next two days of strokeplay, both Vilips and Kim will be looking to maintain their momentum to set the pace at the top of the leader board.

The men’s Hockey 5s have made it three-from-three with their 6-3 victory over Canada on Day 3. The women’s team bounced back for their narrow defeat yesterday to dominate their game against Poland with an 8-0 victory.

It was a successful day for the Nacra 15 duo of Will Cooley and Evie Haseldine who got four races in on Day 3. After placing 7th in Race 1 on October 8, they placed fifth, third, third and tenth across races two-five today and are currently ranked fifth.

Windsurfer Alex Halank has so far placed 8th, 21st and 16th in his previous races. He placed 6th in race 4 today and 17th in race 6 (as race 5 was cancelled) which currently has him ranked 13th overall.

Halank’s windsurfing mate Hailey Lea has so far finished 19th, 20th and 16th in her previous races. She placed 20th in Race 4 and 20th in Race 6, and currently sits in 20th place.

Australia’s kiteboarder Mani Bisschops finally got on the water today and squeezed in three races on Day 3. 18- year-old Bisschops finished 7th, 12th and 11th respectively, and is sitting in 11th place.

At Urban Park, Cormac Kennedy-Leverett and Taylor McCarthy-Smith both placed second in their respective rowing quarterfinals to qualify for the A/B semi-finals. Both will compete on Wednesday morning in their semi-finals for a shot and qualifying for the 4-rower final to be held an hour after the semis.

Beach volleyballers Tiaan Smith and Lauren Taylor went down 2-0 against the home duo of Villar and Churin in front of a vocal home crowd of more than 1500. In the loud and trying conditions, the Aussie team were pipped in a tightly fought second set 22-20 after dropping the first 21-9.

Madi Sinderberry in action in the International Team eventMadi Sinderberry, from Condobolin in western NSW, and her four Australasian teammates from New Zealand, UAE, Iran and Qatar placed fourth in their mixed international jumping team event.

In what was a very tight competition, only one rail was the difference between the Australasian team jumping off for gold.

“I loved competing in the team event, it was a great experience building team spirit and being nervous for the other riders in our team,” Sinderberry said, who cleared every jump in her individual run.

“I’m very happy with how Zambo performed in the teams. I’ll give him a light workout tomorrow and then hopefully repeat the same performance for the individual.”

Maddi Power lived up to her name and snatched 60kg and clean and jerked 77kg for a total of 137kg in the women’s 53kg weightlifting event; and placed 7th overall.

Back at the pool, Abbey Webb finished 5th in the 100m freestyle final with a 55.61 while the men’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay team finished 5th in a very fast final.

Lewis Blackburn is through to tomorrow’s 50m backstroke final after touching in 26.17, where he will take on the senior world record holder, 18-year-old Kliment Kolesnikov of Russia.

Michaela Ryan couldn’t match her bronze medal winning performance form last night’s 200m butterfly, finishing 8th in 28.06 in her semi-final of the 50m butterfly. Michaela’s large program was made even bigger after finishing her heat in a three-way tie for the 16th and final semi-final qualification spot, requiring a swim-off which she won to make tonight’s semis.

Ashton Brinkworth finished 6th in his 50m freestyle semi in 23.12, edged out of a final spot by just 0.17.

Chelsea Hodges finished her individual campaign recording 1.10.59 in the 100m breaststroke semi-finals, missing out on the finals after claiming silver in the 50m last night.

To wrap up Australia’s shooting campaign, pistol shooter Olivia Erickson placed 14th with a score of 553 -5x.

Lidiia Iaklova launched Australia’s Rhythmic Gymnastics campaign, scoring 12.950 in the hoop and 13.2 in the ball to sit in 22nd overall after two disciplines.

Kate Sayer qualified 10th for her uneven bars, scoring 12.20 in today's Rhythmic Gymnastics session. With yesterday's 13.40 in the vault and 12.566 on the floor, Kate is currently 9th in the all-around standings.

Robert Ciccarelli pulled a tough pool in the Men’s Foil, taking one win and five losses, and did not advance to the next stage of the competition.

In the women’s badminton, Zecily Fung took down The Netherland’s Madouc Linders in straight sets (23-21, 21-19).


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