Day 6 review

12 August 2016

Australia continues to sit in fourth on the medal tally after finishing with two silver and one bronze on Day 6.  

BADMINTON: Olympic badminton is underway for Rio 2016 and the Australians have had a first tough day. The men’s double pairing of Sawan Serasinghe and Matthew Chau put up a valiant fight against top seeded Korean duo Yong Dae Lee and Yeon Seong Yoo but lost 14-21, 16-21. In mixed doubles Leanne Choo and Robin Middleton were comfortably beaten by the Indonesian team while in the women’s singles Hsuan Chen was defeated by Thailand's Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 14-21, 15-21.

BASKETBALL: The Aussie women have made a stunning fourth quarter comeback to defeat Japan to record their third straight victory of the Rio 2016 Games. Down 71-59 at the final break, and then by 16 on two occasions in the fourth quarter, Liz Cambage took over scoring 18 points in the final stanza to total a game-high 37 for the match. The Aussie team have been tested through the tournament so far but remain on track to top the group.

CANOE/KAYAK SLALOM: At just 22 Jessica Fox added a K1 bronze to the silver medal she won four years ago at the London 2012 Games. In a tense final she held the gold medal position before a late penalty pushed her to silver with four paddlers remaining. Spain’s Maialen Chourraut then produced a blistering run to win the gold medal in 98.65 seconds as Fox held on for a podium finish with a time of 1:02.49.

CYCLING - TRACK: Australia’s men’s team sprint have just missed out on a medal after falling to France in the race for bronze. The women’s team pursuit courageously claimed fourth in the qualification round to see them into the final four of the event. The men’s team pursuit also remain in medal contention after they qualified third fastest and they will now face Denmark for a spot in the gold medal race.

: Australia’s dressage team of Mary Hanna, Sue Hearn, Lyndal and Kristy Oatley placed ninght after the test event, meaning they will not be competing in the final. Lyndal Oatley performed the best of the Australians achieving a score of 70.186 per cent, placing her 36th  in the individual rankings.

GOLF: Marcus Fraser has gone on a birdie blitz to lead the first Olympic golf tournament since 1904. He shot a near blemish free eight under 63 to lead by three strokes over Sweden’s British Open champion Henrik Stenson and Canadian Graham Delaet. A group of players including Justin Rose are a further shot back while fellow Aussie shot a three over 74 to be 11 shots back. 

HOCKEY: The women’s hockey team have defeated Argentina 1-0 in their fourth pool match, scoring in the third quarter to secure the win. Perth-sider Emily Smith scored and Rachel Lynch managed a penalty stroke save to take the team to its second win, the first being a 6-1 win over India. The side will next play Japan on Saturday 13 August.

JUDO: Australia’s Rio 2016 judo campaign came to a close on Day 6 with Miranda Giambelli bowing out in the first round of the -78kg division at Carioca Arena 2. She lined up against Brazil’s Mayra Aguiar and in front of a boisterous home crowd Giambelli went out by ippon 39 seconds into the bout.

ROWING: Australia’s men’s quadruple sculls secured Australia’s first Olympic rowing medal of 2016 claiming silver, following on from their bronze medal at London 2012. The German team managed to retain their halfway point lead, but the Aussies finished strong. The men’s four secured their spot in Friday’s final against South Africa, Italy, Great Britain, Canada and the Netherlands while the women’s eight crew – called up for the Games only several weeks ago – just missed out on a finals berth. The men’s pair of Spencer Turrin and Alexander Lloyd finished sixth, while in the B Finals the women’s double sculls (Sally Kehoe and Genevieve Horton) finished third and the men’s double scull pairing of Chris Morgan and David Watts finished first.

RUGBY SEVENS: After being knocked out of medal contention for a medal in Rio the Australian team lost both of their matches on the final day of the competition to finish eighth overall. After leading 21-0 the Aussies went down to Argentina 26-21 before finishing with a 12-10 loss to France.

SAILING: Australia’s Nacra 17 team finished day two of racing in the lead after recording two wins, a fourth and a fifth from four races on Thursday. The Australian team of Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darman are scheduled to complete a 12 race preliminary Nacra series, putting themselves in a great position leading at the halfway mark. The 470 Women crew of Carrie Smith and Jaime Ryan had a tough day at Guanabara Bay, finishing 11th in the first race and 17th in the second after a capsize.

SWIMMING: Mitch Larkin has won silver in the men's 200m backstroke finishing in a time of 1:53.96, just 0.34 seconds behind gold medallist Ryan Murphy of the USA. Bronte Campbell finished agonisingly close to a women's 100m freestyle medal in fourth (53.04), while sister Cate finished in sixth (53.24) as Simone Manuel (USA) and Penny Oleksiak (Canada) dead-heated for gold. Taylor McKeown produced a gutsy swim in the 200m breaststroke final to finish fifth overall in a time of 2:22.43. Belinda Hocking qualified fifth fastest for the women’s 200m backstroke final but world champion Emily Seebohm missed out after finishing sixth in her semi-final. Cameron McEvoy also missed the final in the men's 50m freestyle after finishing seventh in his heat. 

TENNIS: Australia’s tennis campaign has ended with the unseeded mixed doubles pairing of Samantha Stosur and John Peers defeaed by Indian fourth seeds Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna 5-7, 4-6. Stosur and Peers fought hard but were unlucky on several occasions throughout the entertaining match.

WATER POLO: The women’s water polo team suffered a narrow loss to Italy 7-8 in game two of the pool stage. Scoring shots came from Ash Souther, Rowie Webster (2), Isobel Bishop and Bronwen Knox (1). The team has one win under their belts v Russia (14-4) and will face hosts Brazil in the final pool match on Saturday 13 August.


Day 6 Superlatives

Medal Tally

Gold          5
Silver         4
Bronze      6

Total          15
Australia is placed fourth on the medal tally


MEDALS – 47 Australians have now won 15 medals for Australians

MEDALS – In Olympic history only once have we been ranked higher on the medal tally on Day 6


Medallists – Roll of Honour



200m Backstroke - Mitch Larkin


Men's Quadruple Sculls - Karsten FORSTERLING, Alexander BELONOGOFF, Cameron GIRDLESTONE, James McRAE


Canoe Slalom - Jess Fox K1

Matt Bartolo, Candice Keller & David Tarbotton

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