Australian girls dominated the first heat session of swimming at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) at the Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre this morning, giving competitors an ominous warning for the finals tonight.
Twelve Australians will be chasing the first Australian Youth Olympic Festival swimming medals on the opening night’s finals at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre tonight.But the young Aussies won’t have things all their own way with tough opposition expected from the strong Chinese and Japanese teams.
Commonwealth Games Champion Louis Smith and Great Britain coach Andrei Popov are ready to take home a few medals for the British team, while Australia exposes its next generation of gymnasts to international competition when the men’s artistic team event starts today at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre.
Its been a calm morning at the Taekwondo training session as the international competitors gear up for two days of brutal matches.China and New Zealand were first on the mat this morning to iron out any trouble spots. They were soon followed by the 40-strong Australian team, the largest of all the squads, keen to put on a show for eager spectators.
Australian cyclist Josephine Tomic labeled her biggest threat this week at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival as New Zealand rider Lauren Ellis,17, but all Ellis is worried about is the Australian heat. “It’s too hot”, she says slumped in a chair after a turn on the track, “I’m not dealing with it very well, I felt sick this morning, but I have taken on a lot of water and I am starting to feel a bit better.”
Australia A hold less than a 0.5 point lead over Canada after the rope and hoop apparatus in the team event at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre.Australia fielded two teams of four gymnasts to compete against athletes from Canada, China, Malaysia and New Zealand.
In the morning session of day two at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival badminton competition, Australia Gold lost to Great Britain 1-4.In the mixed doubles, Leanne Choo and Samuel Ho were defeated by Samantha Ward and Marcus Ellis 14-21 10-21. Although the Aussies made good starts to both their sets, Great Britain’s shot accuracy proved to be too much for the players.
On day two of the badminton competition at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, Australia Green has pulled off a convincing 4-1 win over Fiji.Olivia Na struggled in her women’s singles match against Andra Sarah Whiteside because of a muscle injury in her right leg. Despite taking an early lead of 6-1 in the first set, Whiteside was too quick and Na lost the match 15-21 11-21.
Dunc Gray Velodrome is lighting up and it is only the first race of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.Women’s qualifying sprint was the opening track event and two riders blitzed the previous best time for the event of 12.587 seconds, set by Olympic champion Anna Meares in the final in 2001