Fergus Kavanagh won a bronze medal for Australia in men’s hockey in both 2008 and 2012. The Irish-born defender, who moved to Western Australia with his family when he was a pre-schooler, made a solid contribution to the Australian team in Beijing in defence and also scored two goals.
In Kavanagh’s first Olympic semi-final, Australia led Spain 2-0 into the second half only for the Spanish to storm home and take the win 3-2. The Kookaburras rebounded well in the bronze medal final to trounce traditional rivals The Netherlands 6-2.
Kavanagh backed up to compete at his second Olympic Games in London. Kicking off the tournament with a resounding 6-0 victory over South Africa, Australia- ranked world number one- beat Spain and Pakistan but drew with Argentina and Great Britain in the pool stage.
In the semi-final the Australians held a 2-1 lead over defending Olympic Champions Germany midway through the second half, but the Germans stormed home to win 4-2. In front of a boisterous home crowd the Australians beat the British 3-1 in the bronze medal match to claim Australia’s sixth consecutive men’s hockey medal.