Buenos Aires 2018 Day 7 Daily Wrap
14 October 2018
BUENOS AIRES 2018: Nacra sailors Will Cooley and Evie Haseldine finished their BA2018 campaign in 7th position, after 12 gruelling races over 5 days at Club Nautico san Isidro. The pair had several top 3 finishes, but the consistency of eventual winners Argentina, France and Netherlands was too much for the pair to overcome.
Aussie windsurfers Alex Halank and Hailey Lea also capped off their campaigns yesterday with their 12th and final race, finishing 15th and 21st respectively in the overall rankings against a world-class field. Conditions have been particularly tough for the board sailors, with a short chop created by the current out on the bay and at times a lot of weed from recent high tides and storms. The pair continued to perform with true Aussie grit under the trying conditions.
Modern Pentathlete Nikita Mawhirt took on the final laser-run leg of her competition, finishing in 22nd. Entering today’s leg in 11th position after swimming (17th) and a strong fencing score (4th), Nikita was unable to maintain her position in the field. “My combined laser-run is my weakest leg so I definitely know what I need to improve on. I’m happy, it’s been a super long wait to get here, a lot of work the last 2 years and it’s done and dusted now, I can’t change anything but I’ll reflect back on it with my coaches and see how it goes. A lot of these girls made the finals at World Champs this year so I knew it was going to be tough coming in. I’m just so happy to be here competing. There’s a good Aussie crowd here, and my mum’s here so it’s really special.”
Rider Madi Sinderberry headed into today’s Jumping finals in phenomenal form, having completed clear runs in both her Team Event runs and in yesterday’s individual qualifying. In a hot field, a single knockdown was enough to cruel Madi’s medal hopes, with five riders going clear in both qualifying and final runs to fight out the medals in a jump off.
“I’m still really happy with how we jumped today. I was feeling a little bit of pressure with 3 clear rounds, I thought my luck might run out – it’s a sport where it’s really easy to have one down,” Sinderberry said.
“I tried my best and that’s all I can do. It was great having the Aussie support in the crowd and a fantastic experience overall.
“I love sport in general and it’s been so good to be around all these athletes who are the best in the country in their sport and working so hard towards it. It means a lot to wear the flag on my jacket. It’s such a cool experience to represent your country.”
Ben Gould paired up with Fiji’s Grace Rosi Yee in the Table Tennis mixed international teams event. Ben and Grace came up against a red-hot Romanian team, going down in all three rubbers.
Men’s Beach Volleyball pair James Takken and Mark Nicolaides progressed through to the round of 16 with a straight sets victory over Chile 21-12, 25-23. The pair take on rivals Great Britain in a rematch of their 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games gold medal match. Read about how the pair have stayed close across continents to come into BA2018 firing here.
Australia’s Hockey 5’s teams bounced back from yesterday’s quarter final disappointment, securing commanding wins in their 5th-8th playoff bracket. The men dominated Austria 8-0 and will play Poland for 5th tomorrow, while the women’s team took care of Namibia 5-1 to set up the 5th place playoff with Austria.
At the track, Thomas Throssell kicked off his 400m hurdles campaign, finishing 4th in his stage 1 heat with a 54.22. 800m runner Anthony Vlatko followed up with a 1.51.34 in his 800m, also placing 4th with his heat but within touching distance of the medals in Tuesday’s stage 2 races.
Kate Sayer was back in action in her individual Vault final, scoring a 13.433 and 13.066 for an average of 13.249, an improvement over her qualification round. Kate finished 7th, with Italy’s Giorgia Villa taking gold.
The golden golf duo of Grace Kim and Karl Vilips joined forces today for day 1 of the mixed team strokeplay, a four ball best ball format. After 18 holes the pair are sitting equal 10th at 5-under, trailing Italy who stunned with a massive 13-under. Despite the gap, Thursday’s heroics have shown Karl and Grace are in form to make a move in the next two days.