FIH Pro League number one, World Cup qualification and wins all around for Aussie athletes
6 May 2019
SUMMER SPORTS: Australia claimed bragging rights across several sports over the weekend, with the men's hockey team taking out the top spot in the FIH Pro League, Ash Barty continuing her winning streak in Madrid, our 3x3 basketballers qualifying for the FIBA 3x3 World Cup and Aussie sailors taking out their respective competitions.
The Kookaburras sit at the top of the FIH Pro League standings, after a seven-run undefeated streak. The new FIH Pro League table toppers took down Argentina in front of a sell-out crowd on Sunday morning, with goals from Blake Govers and Corey Weyer.
The Hockeyroos weren't as lucky, going down in a shoot out to the Argentinian hosts.
Ash Barty continued her domination, kicking off the Madrid Open with a win against Aussie teammate, Daria Gavrilova on Sunday.
Fellow Aussies Nick Kyrgios and Ajla Tomljanovic were knocked out of the competition later on Sunday, when they went down to Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6(4) 6-4 and Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3 6-2 respectively.
Barty will play Danielle Collins for a place in the third round today, while Alex de Minaur and John Millman will play their first-round matches on Tuesday, against Hubert Hurkacz and Steve Johnson.
Australia's mens and womens 3x3 basketballers qualified for the FIBA 3x3 World Cup in Amsterdam in June, after a successful campaign in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The Aussie women claimed top spot in the final standings after an undefeated run of four wins which earned them automatic qualification. The men also found a podium finish, coming in at third with four wins and two losses.
Australia kept the wins coming, taking out the U.S. debut of the SailGP with Olympic gold medallist Tom Slingsby at the helm in San Francisco Bay.
With both the Sydney and the San Francisco SailGP's under their belts, Australia's sailors take top spot on the overall season one leaderboard as they head into the next event in New York, June 21-22.
2018 European Laser Champion, Matt Wearn added another gold to his collection, taking out the laser class at the Heyeres Regatta at the Semaine Olympique Française in France.
Tom Burton was the next best placed Aussie, claiming bronze while Luke Elliot came in fourth, Alexander Finn in fifth, Mitchell Kennedy in 14th and Daniel Self in 42nd.
For the Women's Laser Zoe Thomson finished in fifth, followed by Mara Stransky in seventh, Jacinta Ainsworth in 19th, Elyse Ainsworth in 28th, Casey Imeneo in 31st, Paige Caldecoat in 36th and Annie Eastgate in 38th.
Fencers Sholto Douglas and Ned Fitzgerald travelled to Russia for the first Foil event of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying season. Both performed convincingly in their pool rounds to qualify for the direct elimination rounds, but were both defeated.