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Weekend Wrap - World number 1s, medals on the water and major title breakthroughs

24 June 2019

WEEKEND WRAP: World number ones, stunning major titles and medals in the water – it’s been a huge weekend for Aussie athletes.

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Sally Fitzgibbons has jumped to the top of the World Surf League rankings after taking out the Rio Pro overnight. Fitzgibbons beat three-time world champion Hawaiian Carissa Moore in the final to take her first Tour victory for the year. The win catapults her into the yellow leaders jersey, with Moore in second and fellow Australian Steph Gilmore slipping from 1st to 3rd in the overall rankings. Australian women dominated the event, with Gilmore and Keely Andrew bowing out in the semi-finals to Moore and Fitzgibbons, marking three Aussie women in the top four.

Julian Wilson was the best placed Australian in the men’s draw, finishing 5th.

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Ash Barty has become the first Australian woman in 43 years to hold the tennis world number 1 ranking after winning the Birmingham Classic overnight. Barty defeated her doubles partner Julia Goerges 6-3 7-5 to extend her winning streak to 11, following her stunning French Open victory earlier this month.

The win makes Barty just the second Australian woman to hold the number 1 crown, joining her mentor Evonne Goolagong Cawley who held the spot in 1976.

“It’s been a whirlwind three weeks for me,” Barty said. “To follow in the footsteps of Evonne, even to be mentioned in the same sentence as her, is incredible.”

Barty will enter Wimbledon on July 1 with her new title and look to continue her incredible run.

Read more here.

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22-year-old Perth golfer Hannah Green won the LPGA in Wisconsin, becoming just the third Australian to even win an LPGA Major.

On sinking her final par putt on the 18th green to claim the crown, Green was mobbed by supporters including Aussie great Karrie Webb – the last Australian to win an LPGA major in 2006.

“I’m pretty much speechless,” Green said as she came to terms with stunning victory. “It’s awesome. I mean, I’ve always wanted to win in front of an Aussie crowd, but it felt like even though I’m not in Australia, that was what it was like today. And even just to be winning a major as my first event, I’m just over the moon.’’

Read more about her spectacular win here.

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The Australian men’s water polo team has claimed bronze at the FINA World League Super Final after a narrow 11-10 victory over Spain.  

The Aussie Sharks lead throughout the match and were able to keep the Spanish at bay, capping off a huge six days of competition.

 The bronze medal adds to the team’s silverware after claiming a historic silver medal last year at the 2018 FINA World Cup and sets the team up nicely ahead of next month’s World Championships in South Korea.

Find out more here.

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Australia’s rowers were on fire at the World Cup event in Poznan, Poland, winning four gold, three silver and four bronze to top both the medal and points tally.

Sunday’s racing saw the team win gold in the Women’s Eight, Men’s Four and Men’s Pair, silver in the PR1 Men’s Single Scull, Women’s Pair and Men’s Quadruple Scull and bronze in the Women’s Four, Women’s Double Scull and Lightweight Men’s Double Scull, in addition to the gold and bronze medals won Saturday by Australia’s Lightweight Men’s and Women’s Single Scullers respectively.

Rowing World Cup Poznan

In the history of World Rowing Cups, Australia has never topped the medal table in Europe, while the last time it topped the points table at a World Rowing Cup held in Europe was in 2006, in Poznan. The last time Australia topped both the World Rowing Cup medal and points table at the same time was in 2014 at World Rowing Cup 1 in Sydney.

Check out the team results here.

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The Australian Women’s 3x3 Basketball team have finished agonisingly close to the medals at the World Championships in Netherlands, after a heartbreaking overtime semi-final loss to China and defeat in the bronze medal playoff to France.

After making the quarter finals with three wins and one loss, the team took care of 2017 World Champions Russia 19-13 to set up their semi-final showdown with China. After locking up the game with seconds to spare in regular time, the team of Bec Cole, Alice Kunek, Keely Froling and Maddie Garrick were unable to stop the Chinese from taking a 15-14 victory.

3x3 Bball World Champs

The Aussie men's team were unable to make it out of the group stage. Despite recording wins against Japan and Brazil, close losses to Latvia and Poland kept the 2019 Asian champions to 3rd in their pool.

Find out more here.

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Australian hockey players were in action against the Netherlands in the final pool game of the FIH Pro League, with the Kookaburras taking a commanding 4-1 victory, while the Hockeyroos fell 3-1 to the World Champions.

The Kookaburras finished the pool stage on top of the standings, with the Hockeyroos third behind the Dutch and Argentina. The men will take on Great Britain in the semi-finals in Netherlands next week while the women will battle it out for a place in the final against Argentina.

Find out more here.

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The MatildasFootball World Cup dreams came to a cruel end in Nice on Sunday morning, going down to Norway on penalties after the teams were locked at 1-1 after extra time.

Despite the gutting result, captain Sam Kerr vowed to bounce back and thanked the massive Australian support contingent.

“It’s disappointing to lose on penalties but these are the moments where you grow and you become stronger as players and a team,” Kerr said.

“We couldn’t have done it without all the support. It's a dream come true to have that many Aussies follow you around the world. We let them down tonight but hopefully we did them proud in the way we played and the spirit we played the game in."

Find out more here.

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The ICF World Cup event in Bratislava was tough going for the Australian canoe slalom team, with Jess Fox , Daniel Watkins, Lucien Delfour and Tim Anderson all being knocked out in the semi-final stage of the women’s C1 and men’s K1 events respectively. The results followed Saturday’s women’s K1 and men’s C1, in which Jess Fox finished 6th, Noemie Fox missed the finals with a 50 second penalty and Watkins finished in 11th.

Find out more here

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