Weekend Wrap - 3x3 Asian Champs & Gilmore's 30th World Tour
27 May 2019
SUMMER SPORTS: It was a stellar weekend in Australian sport, with surfing Queen Steph Gilmore taking out her 30th event, the men's and women's 3x3 basketball teams finding gold in Asia, and paddle pals Aly Bull and Alyce Burnett taking out gold and silver at the opening Canoe Sprint World Cup of the season.
Australia's Steph Gilmore posted a perfect 10 in the finals of the Bali Pro, beating Aussie teammate Sally Fitzgibbons in the final.
The seven-time World Champion now sits atop the leader board, with her 30th event win.
The Australian men’s and women’s 3x3 basketball teams claimed a historic golden sweep of the 2019 FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup. It was the second consecutive title for the Aussie men, while the women earned redemption for their 2018 bronze medal.
Tom Wright and Bec Cole were also named respective MVP’s.
Tennis Australia's Daria Gavrilova teamed up with Ellen Perez, making the most of a late entry into the Strasbourg doubles draw, by taking the title.
Gavrilova also reached the singles quarterfinals, sending her to the French Open where she will be joined by fellow Aussies Ash Barty, Ajla Tomljanovic, Samantha Stosur, Astra Sharma, Priscilla Hon, Alex de Minaur, Nick Kyrgios, John Millman, Matthew Ebden, Jordan Thompson, Bernard Tomic and Alexei Popyrin at Roland Garros.
Australian paddlers delivered three medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Poznan, Poland, with best mates and K2 partners Alyssa Bull and Alyce Burnett claiming the K1 gold and silver respectively.
The men backed it up for the Aussies, when Jordan Wood and Riley Fitzsimmons took home silver in the K2 500.
Aussie sailor Matt Wearn added another trophy to the cabinet, taking out the 2019 Laser Senior European Trophy in Portugal.
The men’s Aussie 7’s claimed an encouraging second place from the London 7’s, after a near perfect day two, taking down South Africa and France before meeting with defending champions, Fiji, who ultimately took the title.
Their silver result marks the first time the team have made a Cup Final in London since 2015 and with automatic qualification now no longer a possibility for Australia, the Aussie 7s will be looking to finish the season strong ahead of an Olympic qualification battle at the Oceania Sevens Championship in Suva, Fiji in November.
Dynamic beach volleyball duo, Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho Del Solar claimed silver of their own at the FIVB 4* Jinjiang Open in China.
Their second place finish marks the third consecutive time Clancy and Artacho Del Solar have made it into the top four in China over the past two months, claiming bronze in Xiamen and gold at the Asian Continental Championship in Maoming.
The team have now won eight FIVB World Tour medals since they joined forces in 2017.
In other strong results, Aussie mountain bike athlete Rebecca McConnell also claimed silver, at the Mountain Bike World Cup in the Czech Republic.
Two Aussie street skaters found the podium on the Street League Skatebaording World Tour, with Hayley Wilson claiming silver and Shane O’Neill finding bronze in London.
Teammate Tommy Flynn also put on a strong show, making it as far as the semi-finals, where he finished in 22nd place, while Katherine Williams finished in 26th place.
Australia's badminton players competed in the Sudirman Cup where they placed 24th. Their last match went down to the very last point, when world ranked 98 Australia, fell to world 86, Switzerland.
Gymnastics Australia announced their Senior National Team, comprising of Tyson Bull, Mitchell Morgans, Chris Remkes, Clay Stephens and Gabriel Swan-McLean for the men and Elena Chipizubov, Georgia-Rose Brown, Georgia Godwin, Kate McDonald, Emma Nedov and Emily Whitehead for the women.
The announcement came off the back of some impressive results at the 2019 Australian Gymnastics Championships/MAG Oceania Continental Championships (MAG) where the Australian men claimed Team gold over trans-tasman rivals, New Zealand.
Team Australia combined for a total score of 239.950 while Team New Zealand finished the competition on 238.000. This gold medal for the Oceania Continental Championships meant that Australia earned a Team spot at the 2019 World Championships later this year.