Weekend Wrap: Kookas and Fox at world number one
1 July 2019
WEEKEND WRAP: The Kookaburras and Jess Fox returned to the world number one positions over the weekend, while two athletes secure Tokyo 2020 qualifiers in Athletics.
With less than 400 days to Tokyo 2020, catch up on the weekend results of those athletes vying for next year's Olympic Games.
The Kookaburras are the inaugural FIH Pro League champions and the new world number one ranked team after a 3-2 victory against Belgium in Amstelveen in the early hours of Monday morning.
Plus, the Hockeyroos came away with silver in the Pro League after a heartbreaking penalty shootout loss to the world number one Netherlands on Sunday morning.
Discover more about both thrilling finals HERE.
Canoe Slalom superstar Jessica Fox returned to the top step of the podium over the weekend, when she picked up her first World Cup gold medal for the 2019 season in Tacen, Ljubljana.
After dominating the 2018 season, the multiple-world champion had struggled to find her groove this year, but on Sunday she made a return to the top of the podium, posting 103.06, including four seconds of penalties, to win the C1 gold.
24 hours earlier Fox had been left devastated after picking up a 50 second penalty which kept her out of the K1 final.
“It’s been a hard start to the year, and yesterday I was really upset and disappointed with my race in not making the final, so I really wanted to bounce back today and show what I could do,” Fox said.
“There were a couple of mistakes in that run, but overall I’m super happy and super proud.
“I train to do my best, and strive for excellence in every run, and when it doesn’t happen it’s disappointing. So you do put pressure on yourself, but you have to learn. Everyone is vulnerable.”
Sunday’s win also sees Fox take over the lead on the overall C1 world cup standings after three races. On the K1 overall world cup standings, Fox is ranked fifth.
Catch up on all the Paddle Australia results HERE.
In athletics news, Kelsy Barber threw a PB of 65.61m in the women’s javelin at the Oceania Championships in Townsville to record a Tokyo 2020 qualifying throw. She won the Oceania title by seven metres and the distance moved her up one place on the all-time list, to number four, and to number five in the world for 2019.
Perth’s Elizaveta Parnov set a new pole vault PB of 4.60m in Townsville, clearing her previous PB by 4cm. It was her third PB this year, moving her from sixth to equal fourth on the Australian all-time list, passing just one athlete – her Aunty Tatiana Grigorieva, who was watching on at the competition.
On the other side of the world, Diamond League debutant Jessica Hull finished seventh in the 1500m at the Prefontaine Classic. Slicing over three seconds from her PB, she clocked a Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifier of 4:02.62 and became the fourth fastest in Australian history.
Australian talent has shone brightly at the World Triathlon Series in Montreal over the weekend with Emma Jackson, Jaz Hedgeland, Matt Hauser, and Jake Birtwhistle all recording Top 10 finishes amongst highly competitive fields.
In what is their best result of the 2019 WTS circuit so far, the Queensland based Jackson and Hedgeland demonstrated skill and talent in Montreal to keep pace with the best of the best and finish 7th and 9th, respectively.
The impressive results for the Aussie woman stamped their intentions for the coming year, with Jackson overcoming a few tough years of injury to record her strongest WTS result since 2014.
A difficult swim placed Ashleigh Gentle and Charlotte McShane on the back foot from the outset. The pair spent much of the race doing their best to make up lost ground, coming back to finish an honourable 21st and 23rd, respectively.
Matt Hauser stepped up to the plate in his first World Triathlon Series appearance for the 2019 season, putting together an outstanding swim, bike and run to finish 7th in 00:54:09.
Jake Birtwhistle backed up his debut WTS win in Leeds with a strong performance in Montreal to finish 10th in 00:54:31. Fighting his way back into the race from 32 seconds down at the end of the swim, Birtwhistle put on the chase through the bike and run to mow down the leaders and finish just inside the Top 10.
Brandon Copeland and Matt Roberts fought hard, but struggled to find room amongst the big packs dominating the field in Montreal, finishing 34th and 47th, respectively. Ryan Bailie was unable to finish after crashing on the bike.
The World Triathlon Series now turns its focus toward WTS Hamburg next weekend, with athletes racing in both individual events and the Mixed Team Relay World Championships.
Read more HERE.
The FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nation’s League had it’s Australian stop on the tour over the weekend in Brisbane, where volleyball fans were treated to world-class action.
The Aussies defeated China 3-1 on Saturday night, but suffered defeats to Russion (0-3) and Argentina (0-3).
Australia are currently sitting 13th on the Volleyball Nation’s League ladder.
At the Beach Volleyball World Championships in Hamburg, the dynamic duo of Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy have had one win and one loss in their opening pool games. They will face Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and Brooke Sweat to determine who will join the Dutch team in the next round of the tournament.
Fellow Aussies Nicole Laird and Becchara Palmer have had two pool losses against the Swiss and Dutch teams.
The Australian men’s pair of Cole Durant and Damien Schuman have so far only played one pool match, going down to Brazil in three tight sets (19-21, 21-15, 18-16).
In tennis news, there will be 13 Aussies competing across the men’s and women’s singles events at Wimbledon, kicking off today.
The Australian contingent will be headlined by the women's number one seed, Ash Barty, and Alex De Minaur leads the charge for the men, seeded 25th.
Find out more about the Aussies in action HERE.