Australia will have a double shot at a first Olympic men’s long jump gold medal after Henry Frayne and Fabrice Lapierre both qualified for tomorrow night’s final at the Olympic Stadium in Rio.
ATHLETICS: Eloise Wellings has recorded the best ever Olympic result by an Australian in the women’s 10,000m final, smashing her personal best in a race that saw Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana smash a 23-year-old world record.
Athletics kicks off its competition program with three sessions on Day 1. Flagbearer Anna Meares starts her program and popular boxer Shelley Watts has her first bout.
Australia’s 60-strong athletics section has arrived at the Athletes Village in Rio and, with competition now only days away, anticipation among the green and gold is fast approaching fever pitch.
Unlikely as it seems, 2016 could have worked out even better for Olympic bolter Jessica Thornton, the youngest member of the Australian track and field team at the Rio Games.