The much anticipated swimming program kicked off on day eight of the Games. Betty Cuthbert returned to the track for early rounds of the 200m and one of Australia’s favourite athletes, John Landy started his 1500m campaign. Australia had a good win in the basketball and in the boxing Tony Madigan bowed out.
Rio 2016 athletes Marianna Tolo and Brendon Reading have helped inspire young indigenous students this week as the Cathy Freeman Foundation hosted a week long ‘Horizons’ Camp in Canberra.
Throughout the lead up to, and during, the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, our Aussie athletes have been inundated with inspiring messages from audiences watching at home.
Australia’s fifth place in the Olympic women’s basketball competition was clearly a disappointment to a squad that entered Rio with high medal hopes.
Australia’s men’s basketball team fell 9.7 seconds short of its first Olympic medal, losing the bronze medal match up with Spain 89-88
A top five position on the Olympic medals table remains a realistic goal for Australia despite falling “well short” of ambitions in Rio, chef de mission Kitty Chiller has declared.