Buenos Aires 2018 Day 6 Daily Wrap
13 October 2018
BUENOS AIRES 2018: 17-year-old Zecily Fung added another team medal to the Aussie tally, joining forces with seven other nations in ‘Team Theta’ for the badminton mixed relay bronze medal match. Aussie Fung battled alongside Brazil, Czech Republic, Japan, Belgium, Germany and Egypt for 10 matches against ‘Team Zeta’ of Great Britain, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Ukraine, Singapore and Ireland.
Team Theta lead in round one, 11-8, only to be dominated by Zeta in round two 14-22. By round 7 there were only 3 points separating the teams, and by round 10, Theta, along with Fung, nabbed the bronze medal 110-107.
Equestrian’s Madi Sinderberry continued her perfect run with horse Zambo in their Jumping Individual Final Round A, sending the pair into tomorrow with a shot at gold.
Rinky Hijikata and his doubles partner Adrian Andreev came away with another impressive win, taking down France’s Clement Tabur and Gaston Hugo 1-6, 4-6. Hijikata and Andreev will face Argentina’s Facundo Diaz Acosta and Sebastian Baez on the 14 October for the Men’s Doubles Final.
The athletics team had a fantastic second day of competition, with personal bests to 1500m runner Jaylah hancock-Cameron (4.18.44), ranked 2nd and long jumper Josh Cowley (7.69m). Josh leads the competition after stage 1 with a wind assisted 7.71 giving him an 8cm buffer over Cuba’s Lester Lescay-Gay.
1500m runner Luke Young put in a huge effort to clock a 7th fastest 3.55.28, with the effort leaving him utterly spent in the athlete’s warm down zone. High jumper Liz Moss finished stage 1 tied 4th after clearing 1.78m. Jamie Hiscock sits 5th with a 6.39.62 in the 2000m steeple and Rochelle Vidler is tied 11th in hammer with a throw of 60.76m.
Over at archery, Jason Hurnall and Laura Paeglis both finished their first day of competition with respectable rankings. Hurnall finished 17th with a score of 663 while Paeglis is currently 22nd with 629. The archers will now advance to the 1/16 knockout rounds of the tournament on the 15th. They will also line up for the Mixed Team event on Saturday.
The Australian hockey 5’s teams both suffered quarter-final heartbreak today. The men’s team, undefeated in the pool stage, were shocked by a fast-paced Zambian team who harried and hustled their way to a 6-4 victory over Australia.
Later this afternoon the women’s team took on highly fancied South Africa in an epic finals battle. After 20 minutes of end to end hockey, the teams couldn’t be separated, finishing 3-all, sending the teams to a penalty shootout. Australia lost the tension-filled shootout 3-2 in an agonisingly close finish. Despite the disappointment evident across the team’s faces, they picked each other up and walked together as a team to salute their Australian supporters who were standing and applauding their efforts.
Day 6 marked the end of Australia’s swimming campaign in Argentina. Stewart Swinburn finished 11th in the men’s 200m backstroke heats, and Lewis Blackburn finished 17th. The Australia Mixed Medley relay of Kaylee McKeown, Chelsea Hodges, Joe Jackson and Ashton Brinkworth very narrowly missed out on qualifying for the finals, finishing as first reserve in ninth place.
Australia has claimed a total of six medals in the pool: Gold – Kaylee McKeown (50m backstroke); Silver – Kaylee McKeown (100m backstroke), Chelsea Hodges (50m breaststroke), Women’s 4x100m medley relay; Bronze – Michaela Ryan (200m butterfly), Kaylee McKeown (200m backstroke).
Artistic gymnast Kate Sayer took on the Women’s All-Around final at Youth Olympic Park, finishing 8th with a total score of 49.299. Sayer started strongly, sitting 9th after vault and uneven bars with scores of 13.433 and 12.333, both improvements from her qualifying round. Despite a slight fall in the beam, Kate finished strongly on floor to finish in the YOG top 10.
Dynamic beach volleyball duo of James Takken and Mark Nicolaidis conceded their first match of the tournament, going down in two very tight sets to The Nethlerlands (23-21, 22-20). They finish the pool round ranked second and will now face Chile in the round of 24 on Saturday.
Out on the water, windsurfer Alex Halank finished 15th overall, while Nacra 15 pair Will Cooley and Evie Haseldine are currently sixth.
Kitesurfer Mani Bisschops’ race was cancelled due to poor conditions and he maintains his 12th place position.
Modern Pentathlete Nikita Mawhirt kicked off her first day of competition in the fencing ranking round, where she placed fourth. Mawhirt will now head into her swimming heat, along with the fencing bonus round tomorrow 13 October.
Jenaya Massie competed in her first heat of the kayak sprint, placing 12th before taking on the kayak sprint repechages and coming fourth. She then paddled her way through the kayak sprint last 16, but missed out on a placing for the quarterfinals.