21 August 2016
Australia heads into the final day of competition at the Rio Olympics chasing more podium finishes, having already shared medals across 12 sports in this campaign.
Australia’s has equalled the gold medal haul of eight achieved in London, but the share has been across a bigger variety of sports than in London 2012.
Chloe Esposito’s gold medal in modern pentathlon, Australia’s first Olympic medal in that sport, means Australia’s tally of 29 medals has been spread across 12 sports: swimming, rowing, shooting, rugby sevens, sailing, cycling, athletics, canoeing, archery, equestrian and diving.
The Australian men’s basketball team, the Boomers, get a chance to add to that tally when they play Spain for the bronze medal overnight.
It was a case of more close misses for the Australians on the penultimate day of competition.
The men’s K4 1000 team had been aiming to defend their Olympic titles, but had to power home to finish fourth behind Germany, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
Veteran Ken Wallace, who had claimed bronze in Rio with Lachlan Tame in the K2 1000,hinted he could go on to challenge for another medal in Tokyo 2020.
“It would have been nice to go home with something in our hands but we can walk away knowing we we've done our best,” Wallace said the crew, which included Riley Fitzsimmons, Jacob Clear and Jordan Wood.
In other results, Ryan Gregson finished ninth in the final of the 1500m after becoming the first Australian man in 40 years to qualify for the final of that event.
Emma Moffatt was sixth in the women’s triathlon. Minjee Lee also finished sixth in the golf, starting the final day eighth and closing with a final round of 67.
Max Esposito, the younger brother of Chloe, finished seventh in his Olympic debut. That was the same result Chloe got in her first Olympic performance, in 2012, before progressing to snare gold in Rio.
The Boomers play Spain at 12.30am AEST on Monday.