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No rest for Aussie athletes, dominating over Easter/ANZAC break

29 April 2019

AOC: There was no gorging on chocolate and hot cross buns for a number of elite Aussies over the Easter/ANZAC break, with multiple athletes posting new personal best times and claiming international victories on both land and water.

Australia's distance runners posted some incredible performances at Sunday's London Marathon, headlined by a seventh place by 42-year-old Sinead Diver. Diver ran a personal best time of 2.24.11, making her the third fastest Australian woman ever and the fastest time in 12 years.

Brett Robinson placed 13th in the mens in a time of 2:10.55, the fastest time for an Aussie in fifteen years, while Jack Rayner finished just behind at 14th with a time of 2:11.06, the second fastest ever for an Australian on their debut.

The athletics success continued for the Aussies with Olympic Champion Sally Pearson and 19-year-old Riley Day both claiming gold in the 100m hurdles and 100m sprint respectively at the Mikio Oda Memorial Meet in Hiroshima, Japan.

In Triathlon, Natalie van Coevorden was able to find a top ten finish at the Bermuda World Series, finishing in ninth place, Australia’s best result of the meet, while Rio Olympian Ashleigh Gentle finished in 26th place for the women.

Fellow Rio teammate Aaron Royle placed 14th for the Australian men, with Ryan Fisher coming in 19th, Jake Birtwhistle in 28th and Brandon Copeland in 37th.

There were dual-titles claimed in hockey as the FIH Pro League continued. The Kookaburras sealed their world number one spot with a 4-3 victory against trans-Tasman opponents, New Zealand on ANZAC Day. The Hockeyroos backed it up also getting the win against the Black Sticks, 5-1.

Aussie swimmers continued to impress, with Cate Campbell clocking a blistering time of 24:00 for the 50m Freestyle at the FINA Champions Swim Series in Guangzhou, China.

The triple-Olympian also claimed silver in the 100m freestyle in a time of 53:00 and fourth place in the 50m butterfly coming in at 26:40.

Fellow triple-Olympian Emily Seebohm took out bronze in the 100m backstroke at 1:01.99 and fourth place in both the 50m and 200m with 29:40 and 2:12.14 respectively.

Rio Olympian Jack McLoughlin also added to the Aussie haul, finding bronze in the 400m Freestyle with a time of 3:47.89.

Back on home soil, dual-Olympic Champion Brit Elmslie announced her retirement from competitive swimming, after a stellar career spanning two Olympic Games and five Olympic medals.

Australia’s divers made a splash at the Montreal Diving World Series when Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith teamed up for the 3m synchro bronze. Keeney added a second bronze to the tally, finishing third in the individual 3m Springboard.

The Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach came to a close over the weekend, with Australia’s Ryan Callinan finishing third. Callinan’s result was an exciting indication of what’s to come for Aussie fans, with surfing making its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.

The Australian Synchro Team competed at the Japan Open, finishing 7th in the Technical Team and 8th in the Free Team. Amie Thompson and Amber Rose Stackpole finished 19th in the Free Duet and 20th in the Technical Duet, ahead of Kiera Gazzard and Rachel Presser who finished 22nd in Technical.

Back on land, beach volleyballers Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho Del Solar added more silverware to their cabinet, finding bronze at the Xiamen FIVB four-star tournament in China.

Aussie archers David Barnes, Ryan Tyack, and Taylor Worth combined for a silver finish at the Medellin Archery World Cup in Columbia, with Worth also finishing tenth individually.

In Equestrian news, Annabel Armstrong and her horse Quaprice jumped to victory at the Sydney International three-day event, delivering a clear round with only 0.8 of a time penalty, ahead of Sam Lyle.

Annabel Armstrong

Three-time Olympian Stuart Tinney went head to head with fellow Olympians Shane Rose and Andrew Cooper in the Bates Saddles CCI4*-S. Tinney and Rose found first and second place respectively, followed by Andrew Cooper in third.


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