DAY 4 WRAP - Super Saturday

19 January 2013

AYOF2013: Super Saturday saw 16 of the 17 Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) sports on show as some of the world’s best young athletes took to the field of play on Day 4.

With many of the sports being rescheduled to Saturday due to extreme heat on Friday there was action aplenty on the penultimate day of AYOF action.

The first day of the rowing competition saw Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain all share in the gold medals. Six events were contested with each of the traditionally strong rowing nations claimed two gold apiece. Full results here>>> 

Brazil dominated the judo competition winning five of the ten gold medals on offer while Australia’s Tinka Easton and Ellen Wright won gold. The hosts also collected five silver and seven bronze medals. Read more>>>

Sister of silver medallist Jessica, Noemie Fox followed her older siblings footsteps as she won AYOF gold in the K1 canoe/kayak slalom event while Daniel Watkins won two gold. Read more>>>

Brother and sister duo Kevin and Celina Yuan have put Australia within reach of a medals in the golf competition at Twin Creeks golf course. Kevin Yuan holds a four stroke lead in the men’s competition, while Great Britain’s Georgia Hall is three strokes ahead of her nearest rival. Read more>>>

China continued their dominant form at the shooting range as they claimed their eighth gold medal in the competition while Australia’s James Grice won silver in the men’s trap. Full results here>>>

Australia’s love affair with success in triathlon continued as Australia’s backed up its gold medals in the men’s and women’s individual events yesterday with gold and silver in the team event today. Read more>>>     

Two sessions of athletics were held on Day 4 with outstanding performances on the track and in the field, including several athletes who picked up double individual gold. Sports news here>>>

China had a dominant day on the badminton courts and are looking good to secure several gold on Day 5 in the individual events. Australian players did well and have learnt a lot from the experience. Read more>>>

Following too much heat on Friday and rain on Saturday the 3-on-3 basketball event changed venue but that didn’t stop all games being played and two great tournaments decided. Australian teams made the gold medal games for both men and women with quality play. Find out who won>>>

At the Dunc Gray Velodrome two cycling events were decided and the host riders prevailed again. Event reviews>>>

China continues to set the golden benchmark off the diving boards with Australian divers winning four minor medals on Saturday. Read more>>>

Australia’s Michaela Whitehouse out-performed the Chinese and the rest of the athletes in the individual all-around rhythmic gymnastics on Day 4. Full detail here>>>

 The trampoline was a happy competition ground for Great Britain and New Zealand. Read more>>>

Two dead heats and five AYOF records ensured the most exciting night of swimming finals so far at the 2013 AYOF. Full event by event wrap here>>>

China were the stand-out nation on the final day at the Sydney International Shooting Centre and Australia also featured on the podium. Full details here>>>

In the weightlifting, Oceania’s Steven Kukuna Kari set a new Commonwealth junior record in the men’s 85kg, with a lift of 184kg. Xinyue Wang of China beat teammate Yinyi Shen to the top of the podium in the women’s 69kg. The highlight of the event though was the electrifying Trans-Tasman bronze battle between the New Zealander Samuel Prendergast (NZL) and Ryan Pasfield (AUS) engaged in a Trans-Tasman battle for bronze in the men’s 105kg. Read more>>>

On the field, South Africa was too strong for Australia in the men’s rugby sevens. The final result: 22-7. But the Australian women prevailed, thumping China 40-0.  Read more>>>

Finally in hockey, Great Britain overcame a determined USA to book a date with Australia in the men’s gold medal match on Sunday. The Aussie Jillaroos drew with China in the last match of the round robin phase. The two teams will meet again in the gold medal match on Sunday.  Read more>>>

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