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Day 9 review - Determined Aussies have mixed day in Rio

15 August 2016

Our determined Australian athletes had a mixed day of results on Day 9 of competition at Rio 2016.

There were strong individual performances for the Aussies on the track, diving in the pool and on the golf greens, but unfortunately it was not quite enough for a podium finish.

ATHLETICS – Women’s marathon runners Milly Clark, Jess Trengove and Lisa Weightman all produced strong runs. Clark, in only her second serious marathon, finished 18th in a time of two hours, 30 minutes and 53 seconds. For the Sydney 27-year-old, this was the fifth best placing by an Australian woman at the Games.Trengove finished in 22nd place, completing the course in 2:31.44. Weightman, in her third Olympic marathon, was 22nd at the 25km mark and moving through the field but in the closing stags the legs wouldn’t go how she wanted and she dropped back to 31st in a time of 2:34.

Australia’s last finalist in the women’s 400m was gold medallist Cathy Freeman at the Sydney 2000 Games but the future looks in good hands with Morgan Mitchell and Anneliese Rubie, who both produced strong efforts in their respective semi-finals. Morgan was outstanding in her heat but couldn’t match her performance in the semi-finals, finishing eighth in a time of 52.68 seconds. Rubie faced a tough task of progressing from a race that included Shaunae Miller (Bahamas) and Allyson Felix (USA) but fought on well in the straight to finish sixth in a time of 51.96. Both Felix and Miller ran sub-50 to qualify for the final.

Australia’s trio in the women’s 1500m semi-finals were aiming to become our first finalists in the event since Margaret Crowley at the 1996 Atlanta Games but had their work cut out in two world-class semi-finals. Linden Hall was the best of the Australians, finishing eighth in her semi-final in 4:05.81, just in front of Zoe Buckman in ninth in 4:06.95. Jenny Blundell finished 11th in the second semi-final in 4:13.25.

BASKETBALL – The Australian men's basketball team had their fourth win of the competition when they defeated Venezuela 81-56 on Sunday night. With Patty Mills rested and Matthew Dellavedova's minutes limited, it was Chris Goulding's time to shine for Australia with the NBL guard scored a game-high 22 points in his 25 minutes, plus three rebounds and a pair of assists. Australia finish second in their pool beind USA and are waiting to find out who they will face in the quarter-finals.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL - Louse Bawden and Taliqua Clancy lost in the quarter-finals to veteran US pair Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross. The Americans defeated the Australian pair 21-14 and 21-16 to score a straight-sets victory. Walsh Jennings is through to the semi-finals for the fourth straight time, having claimed gold at the Athens, Beijing and London Games. 

CYCLING – Matthew Glaetzer grabbed fourth overall in the individual sprint. In the bronze medal final Glaetzer, 23, met Russia’s Denis Dmitriev, 30, who took the win in two straight rides. In the women’s flying 200m sprint qualification, 2014 Commonwealth Games sprint gold medalist Stephanie Morton was eighth fastest in 10.875, while Anna Meares (10.947) was just behind her teammate in ninth. Meares then lined up against fellow four-time Olympian Simona Krupeckaite, with the Lithuanian knocking Meares into her first ever sprint repechage round at an Olympic Games. However the experienced Meares took the repechage win to progress to the 1/8.

DIVING – Maddison Keeney and Esther Qin finished fifth and sixth respectively in the women’s 3m springboard final at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre. It was a strong performance by Australia’s next generation of divers with Keeney already claiming a bronze in the 3m springboard synchro competition with Anabelle Smith.

EQUESTRIAN - An in-form Edwina Tops-Alexander produced a clear show jumping round on the opening day of competition at the Olympic Equestrian Centre at Deodoro. Riding the mare Lintea Tequila, Tops-Alexander was one of 24 in the field of 75 to produce a clear round. It’s been 28 years in-between Olympic Games stints for Scott Keach but the 51-year-old didn’t miss a beat with his horse Fedor, the pair jumping a near precise round in which they knocked one fence. Matt Williams riding Valinski S was first out for Australia and the pair picked up eight jumping penalties. James Paterson-Robinson riding Amarillo was last out for Australia, the pair also picked up eight penalties after they too became unstuck towards the end of the course.

GOLF Marcus Fraser, in bronze medal position at the start of the day, faded to fifth, five shots away from a medal, after posting a closing one over par 72 while gold medallist Justin Rose and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson turned it into a two-horse race. Australian team mate, Scott Hend, shot a second consecutive par 71 to tie for 39th in the 60-man field.

HOCKEY – A legend of Australian sport bade farewell at the Deodoro Hockey Centreas the curtain came down on Jamie Dwyer’s international hockey career and the Australian men’s Olympic campaign following a 4-0 defeat to the Netherlands. Up against the Dutch - the reigning Olympic silver medallists - Australia failed to find top gear in a mirror of what captain Mark Knowles admitted had been a “spluttering” campaign.

SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING: Rose Stackpole and Nikita Pablo dove into the synchronised duet competition today, with opening day of preliminary competition focused on the free routine. The pair scored 74.7667, putting them in 24th position, with Russia leading on 98.0667. Pablo and Stackpole started training as a duet only four months ago.

WATER POLO – Placed 5th in their pool on three points, this was a must-win for Australia's men's water polo team and they pulled it off with a 12-7 win over top-ranked Greece. However, their chances of reaching the quarter-finals then depended on other results which did not go their way when Hungary defeated Brazil 10-6, so they bow out of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.


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