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Sydney melts as records smashed – Day 3 Wrap

18 January 2013

AYOF2013: With the temperature reaching 46 degrees at most venues, athletes sweltered under the searing heat on Day 3 of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF).

While the weather had a major impact with changes to most sport schedules, records were broken as competition was underway in 14 sports.  

To start Friday Australia dominated the triathlon, winning gold in both the men’s and women’s event at the Regatta Centre in Penrith. Women’s winner Jaz Hedgeland led all the way, finishing in under an hour and beating world junior champion Fumika Matsumoto of Japan. In the men’s, fellow Australian Jacob Birtwhistle won gold, describing the win as the biggest of his career. Teammate Luke Willian claimed silver. Read more>>>

With her Olympian sister Jessica cheering from the stands, Noemie Fox qualified fastest in the C1 event in the canoe/kayak slalom competition. Australia dominated both the men’s and women’s K1 and C1 events at Penrith Whitewater Stadium. In a staggering time of 86.78 seconds and zero penalties, Timothy Anderson dominated his heat in the men’s K1. Read more>>>

Also at the Regatta Centre in the canoe/kayak sprint events the heat impacted the head-to-head YOG skills format. Unable to complete the finals. Full results here>>>

Japan, China and Australia all had wins in the rugby sevens. In their first match of the competition, the Australian women’s team had seven different try scorers against South Africa. The host nation won in convincing fashion, 52-7.  In the men’s, South Africa has finished at the top of the ladder after beating Australia 30-12 in the last game of the day. Both teams dominated the round robin phase and will play for gold on Saturday. Read more>>>

Australian Tara Wilkie, 13, produced the highest individual score in rhythmic gymnasts of the day, helping her team to a fantastic gold. The locals scored a total of 145.233, closely followed by China winning silver (139.617) and Malaysia bronze (129.917). Full review here>>>

In artistic gymnastics the Chinese claimed their first gymnastics gold medal with Huan Luo, Siyi Chen, Jie Mei, and Zhilin Liu scoring 162.963 in the women’s team artistic event. Team Great Britain finished with the silver medal and Australia claimed bronze. (Men copy here). Artistic news here >>>

Combined Oceania won the first weightlifting gold in the men’s 77kg. Karitema Otang failed his first two attempts in the clean and jerk but managed to lift 135kg in his last attempt to win gold. Australian Matthew Munns won bronze, with only one kilogram separating him from silver medallist Stewart Bruerton from New Zealand. There was a big upset in the women’s 58kg event. Weightlifting news>>>

China’s diving team claimed all three gold medals on the opening day of competition. The powerhouse nation also achieved two silver medals. The boys 3 metre synchronised event was won by Rongquan Chen with teammate Huan Xia taking silver. Later in the day they combined for the 3m synchro gold. In the girl’s 10m platform Xiaohui Huang won the coveted event. Joshua Ong and Scotia Mullin bagged Australia’s first diving medal by finishing third in the boy’s three metre synchronised. Read more>>>

In the shooting, China was again successful: Haoran Yang finished ahead of Briton Michael Bamsey and Australian Edwin Gouw in the men’s 10m air rifle final, and Jialing Hu won her second gold medal of the AYOF in the women’s 10m air rifle. Australian Lachlan Tremble reached the podium. Read more>>>

Australia dominated the cycling medals at the scorching Dunc Gray Velodrome winning both the women’s 5km scratch race and the 200m sprint. Standing in their way from a clean sweep across all medals, New Zealand won gold and silver in the men’s keirin. The men’s omnium also got underway with Australian Bradley Heffernan tied on 10 points with New Zealand’s Chad Elliston. The omnium continues Saturday. Read more>>>

It was another thrilling night at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, with Friday’s swimming finals producing five new Australian Youth Olympic Festival records, and fourteen medals for Australia. Full swimming review here>>>

The athletics competition at Olympic Park was postponed to Saturday due to the heat.

The basketball was suspended after five round robin matches due to the oppressive heat and when play resumed then the stormy rain but an end to play. Competition will resume Saturday.

After the first round today, Golf was also postponed due to weather with play to resume on Saturday.

Dalton Woods and Annie Kearney

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