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Day 2 preview - Aussies aim for more gold

7 August 2016

Preview – Rio Olympics – Day 2 (Sunday, August 7)

Australians will be in action in 14 sports on the second day of competition at the Rio Olympic Games.

With three swimming medals up for grabs and lots of team events on display, Day 2 promises another exciitng day for the Aussie athletes.

Our women's cycling road race team will be chasing Australia's first medal in the sport since 2004,  Daria Gavrilova will take on world number one Serena Williams in the women's tennis, and our men's hockey team will face Spain.

For a full list of Australian competitors in action check out the Day 2 schedule on the website>>> or in Next Up on the app.

SHOOTING – Women’s trap
Rio time: 9:00 (qualification) 11:00 (finals), AEST: 22:00 (qualification) & 24:00 (finals)
Catherine Skinner and Laetisha Scanlan are both in medal contention in the women’s trap. Skinner was fifth and Scanlan sixth at the Rio 2016 test event and have been in strong form throughout 2016.

CYCLING ROAD – Women’s road race
Rio time: 12:15, AEST: Monday 01:15
The Australian team of Gracie Elvin, Katrin Garfoot, Rachel Neylan and Amanda Spratt will be looking for a podium finish and Australia’s first medal in this event since Athens 2004.

BASKETBALL – Women’s Australia vs Turkey
Rio time: 17:30, AEST: Monday 06:30
Australia start their campaign for a sixth consecutive Olympic medal against world number 10 team, Turkey. It will be the first occasion they have meet in Olympic history.

HOCKEY – Men Australia vs Spain
Rio time: 20:30, AEST: Sunday 09:30
After a winning start on day one against Great Britain, Australia meets the world ranked number 11 team, Spain on day two. It should be a comfortable win for the current Champions Trophy holders. Australia has a strong Olympic record against Spain with five wins from their eight clashes.

SWIMMING – Women’s 100m butterfly
Rio time: 22:03, AEST:  Monday 11:03
Emma McKeon swam a personal best in the semi-final and is the second fastest qualifier for the 100m butterfly final. A great event for Australia in recent times being on the dais at the past three Games.

SWIMMING – Women’s 400m freestyle
Rio time: 23:01, AEST:  Monday 12:01
Jessica Ashwood finished third at the 2015 World Championships and has the fifth fastest time in 2016.  USA’s Katie Ledecky will be a hot favourite for gold. Australia last won a medal in this event in 1992 – 24 years ago.

SWIMMING – Men’s 4x100m freestyle relay
Rio time: 23:54, AEST: Monday 12:54
After missing a medal in London, the Aussie men will be out for redemption in Rio. Cameron McEvoy will lead a team with plenty of speed as they look to climb onto the top of the podium.

TENNIS
Men’s single: Sam Groth AUS vs David Goffin BEL
Women’s singles: Sam Stosur AUS vs Jenela Ostapenko LAT, and Daria Gavrilova AUS vs Serena Williams USA
The singles matches for the Aussies continue on day two as they aim to join John Millman in the second round.  Daria Gavrilova is in the inevitable position of drawing world number one Serena Williams. Four-time Olympian Sam Stosur will face Olympic debutant Jenela Ostapenko and a late selection to the team, Sam Groth has a challenging match against world number 13 David Goffin of Belgium.

Other sports in action on day one are: Boxing, Canoe Slalom, Diving, Equestrian, Gymnastics Artistic, Judo, Rowing, Rugby Sevens and Table Tennis

David Tarbotton
olympics.com.au

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