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Weekend Wrap - World Champs breakthrough and Triathlon title

8 July 2019

WEEKEND WRAP: From the sand to the shooting range, the grass of Wimbledon to Japanese bays, Aussies have been putting in some epic performances.

Catch up with all the weekend action, including World Championship breakthroughs and World Series titles.


Beach Volleyballers Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar created history in Hamburg, winning bronze at the World Championships. The pair are Australia’s first volleyball World Champs medallists since 2003, when Natalie Cook and Nicole Sanderson also won bronze.

Clancy and Artacho del Solar defeated the Swiss pair Tanja Huberli and Nina Betschart 2-0 in the playoff for bronze at the Rothenbaum Stadium, winning the first set 21-18 before taking out the second 22-20.

The pair were overcome by emotion as they hit a winner on match point, sinking to the sand and celebrating an incredible achievement years in the making.

“It’s been an intense week, we’ve gone through so much adversity and I’m proud of us for staying together as a team,” Artacho del Solar said. “Playing in the stadium gives you goosebumps, the energy of the crowd was unbelievable and it has been so much fun.”

“This is such a huge event leading to the Olympics next year and it was so important for us.”

Clancy was honoured the pair could add to Australia’s legacy of female beach volleyballers.

“It’s really special, it’s just incredible that we are bronze medallists just like Nat and Nicole now,” she said. “I’m so proud of where we are at and of our legacy. There’s a good women’s history in Australia and it’s such an honour to be part of it.”

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Hamburg also proved a happy hunting ground for Aussie triathletes, with Jake Birtwhistle winning gold at the Hamburg World Triathlon Series Event and the Mixed Triathlon Relay of Natalie Van Coevorden, Aaron Royle, Emma Jeffcoat and Birtwhistle winning bronze.

Birtwhistle took his second WTS win of the season on Saturday, outsprinting France’s Vincent Luis in a thrilling finish.

World Triathlon Hamburg Day One

“Today was just one of those awesome races,” Birtwhistle said. “I’m really happy to come away with the win today. I thought I had a little bit left in the tank when Vince went past me, I knew I just had to stick with him until that last 100m or so, and thankfully just managed to get over the top of him.”

The win makes Birtwhistle the only male to secure multiple WTS titles this season so far, placing him in good stead ahead of next month’s Tokyo 2020 test event and the WTS Grand Final.

In Sunday’s Mixed Relay World Championships, the Aussie team put together a solid performance from start to finish to secure their second Mixed Relay podium finish of the 2019 season, behind reigning World Champions France and hosts Germany.

Australia’s strong performance in the mixed relay is encouraging with the event making its Olympic debut at Tokyo.

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Trap shooters James Willett and Laetisha Scanlan won World Championship gold in the Mixed Team Trap event in Italy, with fellow Aussies Penny Smith and Thomas Grice taking bronze.

After being locked at 44-all in the final with Russia, Scanlan and Willett dug deep to take the win in a shoot-off.


Sailors Tom Burton and Matt Wearn are flying high at the Laser World Championships in Miho Bay, Japan, With Burton leading and Wearn in fifth after the first day of Gold medal racing.

After a tough three days of qualifying racing, Burton was in 6th but a strong day four performance has catapulted him into the lead.

Rio 2016 champion Burton will look to protect his lead in tricky conditions as the fleet continues racing.


Athletics competitions from the Gold Coast to Europe have seen some impressive Aussie performances.

Rio 2016 marathoner Milly Clark ran a PB and Tokyo Olympic qualifying time of 2.28.08 to take silver at the Gold Coast Marathon. The run moves Milly to 9th on the all-time Australian marathon ranking list. On the men’s side, Liam Adams was best placed in 6th, running a PB of 2.11.36.

Kelsey-Lee Barber continued her impressive javelin form, launching a new PB of 65.63m to take silver at the Lausanne IAAF Diamond League event.


 The world’s best tennis players are fighting it out on the iconic grass courts at Wimbledon, with freshly crowned world number 1 Ash Barty leading the Aussie charge.

Barty is through to face American Alison Riske in the fourth round after demolishing Brit Harriet Dart  6-1 6-1 in the third.

John Millman was the last remaining Australian in men’s singles but bowed out 7-6 7-6 6-3 to American Sam Querrey in the third round.


The Tour de France kicked off in Belgium on Saturday, with eight Aussies among the 176 riders set to take on the arduous three-week, 3500km race. In Stage 1, Aussie young gun Caleb Ewan fought through a messy sprint to finish third and claim the Best Young Rider’s jersey, awarded to the highest placed rider under 25.

With 2018 Time Trial World Champion Rohan Dennis, Rio Olympian Richie Porte, 2017 Green Jersey winner Michael Matthews and more in action, Aussie fans are set for an exciting three weeks.


Australia officially launched its 2019 Pacific Games campaign on Sunday as weightlifter and flagbearer Erika Yamasaki led the team into the Opening Ceremony in Apia Samoa.

57 Australian athletes will be taking on the Pacific Games across Athletics, Beach Volleyball, Sailing, Rugby 7s, Taekwondo and Weightlifting.

Follow along all the action on our live stream at http://olympics.com.au/fans/live-stream



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