Day 8 preview – Super Saturday
13 August 2016
Day 8 preview – Super Saturday
On Super Saturday Australia has medal hopes on the water, in the velodrome, in the pool and on the track.
Day 8 (Saturday, 13 August)
GOLF – Individual Stroke Play Round 3
Rio time: 07:30, AEST: 20:30
Ranked 90th in the world Australia’s Marcus Fraser is the surprise leader in the Olympic tournament. Fraser, who leads by one shot at the mid-way point, could have been leading by more missing at least six putts by a matter of centimetres.
ROWING – Women’s Single Sculls
Rio time: 10:45, AEST: 23:45
Dual London 2012 medallist and reigning world champion Kim Brennan will line up against long-time rival Emma Twigg in what is set to be an epic Trans-Tasman clash. But after winning the semi-final Brennan said “It’ll be a ripper of final, it’s not a two-horse race.” Australia’s sole Olympic medal in this event is Brennan’s bronze in London.
WATER POLO – Women’s Australia vs Brazil
Rio time: 11:40, AEST: Sunday 00:40
On paper, Brazil seem to be the weakest team in Australia’s Group, so hopes are high a good win here will see us with a more favourable quarter-final draw. Australia are yet to meet Brazil in Olympic competition.
BASKETBALL – Women’s Australia vs Belarus
Rio time: 12:15, AEST: Sunday 01:15
Four from four is Australia’s undefeated record in the group stage of the women’s basketball tournament. Belarus, who sit at the bottom of our group, should not be a problem for Australia, with our team on the road to achieving their sixth consecutive Olympic medal. Australia will have an eye on the results in Group B to see who we are likely to meet in the quarter-finals, but the closeness of the competitions means five teams are in contention.
Rio time: 13:00, AEST: Sunday 02:00
Australia’s sailors are in line for podium positions in several classes, following yesterday’s challenging day of waiting for the breeze at Marina de Gloria. Leading the charge for the Aussies were our 470 Men, Mat Belcher and Will Ryan, who only raced once for a second place and are second overall. The 470s get a scheduled rest day on Saturday, so Belcher and Ryan will return to the race course on Sunday for their next races. Meanwhile in the Laser class, Australia’s Tom Burton is in third place overall. London 2012 gold medallists, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have their second day of competition in the 49er class, lying in 11th place after Day 1. Racing in the Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, Nacra and 49er classes continue tomorrow.
CYCLING – Track: Women’s Keirin
Rio time: 16:22 (second round) & 17:33 (final), AEST: Sunday 05:22 (second round) & 06:33 (final)
Anna Meares is a three-time world champion in the event and will be well in contention again in Rio while Steph Morton will also be looking to impress at her debut Games.
CYCLING – Track: Women’s Team Pursuit
Rio time: 16:52 (finals), AEST: 05:52
The Aussies broke the world record and won the 2015 World Championships before missing out on a medal in the 2016 event. A crash a couple of days before the qualifying round in Rio has shaken up the team but they regrouped to ride the third quickest time in their Rio debut in qualifying. They will first race the US, with Great Britain the ones to beat having broken Australia’s world record.
HOCKEY – Women’s Australia vs Japan
Rio time: 19:30, AEST: Sunday 08:30
Australia meets Japan in their last pool B game. Win, lose or draw, Australia will progress to the quarter-finals and are likely to meet Spain, Germany or Korea.
ATHLETICS – Men’s Long Jump final
Rio time: 20:50, AEST: 09:50
After scraping in to the final yesterday, Fabrice Lapierre will be looking to leap to Olympic glory after a series of consecutive eight metre jumps in major international events leading into Rio. He won silver at both the 2015 World Championships and the 2016 World Indoor Championships. In Olympic history Australia has won four consecutive silver medals. He is joined in the competition by London Olympian Henry Frayne.
SWIMMING – Men’s 1500m freestyle
Rio time: 22:11, AEST: Sunday 11:11
Mack Horton will be looking to add to Australia’s rich history in the 1500m freestyle event. The likes of Murry Rose, Kieren Perkins and Grant Hackett have all been crowned Olympic champion and Horton is well in contention to add his name to that list.
SWIMMING – Women & men’s 4x100m medley relay
Rio time: 22:49, AEST: Sunday 11:49
Australia will be a 50-50 chance of a podium finish here in both the relays.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL –Women: AUS Bawden/Clancy vs Kolosinska/Brzostek
Australian pairing of Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy, have cruised into the round of 16, following three wins in their pool. They have drawn Polish pair Kinga Kolosinska and Monika Bzostek in the next round. Read a feature story about Taliqua Clancy website >>>)
Other sports in action on day six are: Golf (men’s Individual Stroke Play, Round 3 – read a preview here>>>), Table Tennis (men’s Team Round 1), Badminton (Group matches in men’s doubles, women’s singles and mixed doubles), Trampoline (men’s qualification – read a profile here>>>), Shooting (25m Rapid Fire Pistol, men’s Qual-Stage 2), Diving (Semi-finals women’s 3m Springboard - read a wrap up here>>>),