Weekend uncovers more medals and fourth fastest Australian woman in the 800m
15 April 2019
SUMMER SPORT: The weekend saw some impressive results for your Australian Olympians, with an athletics National Champion becoming the first woman in over ten years to go sub-2 minutes in the 800m and Aussie divers finding more medals in the pool.
At the 2019 UniSport Australia Athletics Championships Catriona Bisset became the first woman in over 10 years to go sub-2 minutes in the 800m, clocking in at 1:59.78. The Victorian shaved more than three seconds off her personal best of 2:03.48, which she achieved at the start of the summer.
Her new time is an improvement on her already impressive World Championship qualifying time of 2:00.48m, which she achieved at the 2019 National Track and Field Championships just last week. That time placed her at tenth fastest Australian in the 800m.
Blisset's new time has now boosted her to fourth fastest Aussie in history, with the last Australian woman to go sub-2 minutes, Madeleine Pape at 1:59.92 in 2008.
After claiming bronze at the Calgary 2019 FINA Diving Grand Prix, diver and triple Olympian Melissa Wu teamed up with London 2012 and Rio 2016's Anabelle Smith for silver in the Women's Platform Synchro at the Mission Viejo, California leg of the event. The second place finish was an especially great feat for the pair, who were making their synchro debut together.
Wu then went one better claiming gold in the individual event on Monday.
The Aussie shooters also found some great results at the 2019 ISSF World Cup Shotgun in Al Ain, AUE. In the Women's Skeet final Aislin Jones shot 21, 24, 22, 24, and 24 to total 115/125, coming 18th overall, while in the Men's skeet, Luke Argiro scored 25 and 25 to total 50/50, Keith Ferguson 24 and 24 to total 48/50 and Paul Adams with 23 and 24 to total 47/50.
Men's Skeet finals are due to be held today at 2.00pm AEST.
At the HSBC Singapore Sevens, the Australian Men's Sevens Team reached the quarterfinals before falling to England, 19-31. The battle for fifth place came down to Australia and and New Zealand in a tough match that went to golden point extra time. Australia's trans-tasman rivals were able to find the try line, securing fifth place while Australia finished in seventh.
The Australian Opals got together for their first training camp of 2019, with Rio 2016's Cayla George taking over the AusOlympicTeam Instagram. The centre took Olympic fans on a fun-filled behind the scenes ride of what goes on at an Opals camp, including training sessions, recovery, some great dance moves and a Q&A. You can catch up on all the action HERE.