14 August 2016
Kim Brennan lived up to her reputation as the world’s best in the women’s single sculls turning in a commanding performance to win Australia’s sixth gold medal at the Rio Olympics.
Her feat was the stand out performance of a day which also netted Australia a silver medal in the women’s 4X100m medley relay, a bronze in the same event for the men and a bronze for cycling great Anna Meares in the keirin.
Brennan created history becoming the first Australian female to win an Olympic gold in single sculls having won the bronze medal in the event at the London Games.
“I think it’s quite special the tradition we do have in rowing,” said Brennan, whose husband Scott won gold for Australia with David Crawshay in the men's double sculls at the Beijing Olympics.
“It’s nice to broaden that to a different boat class.”
Brennan only took up rowing after her career as a 400m hurdler was cut short by injury. At the age of 31, she is unsure about her rowing future but wants Australia to stay strong in women’s single sculls.
“I hope that if I do step away I think there are a lot of young girls coming through who can hopefully fill my shoes," she said.
Brennan’s triumph was followed by another Olympic medal to the Australian captain and flag bearer Meares, who was delighted to get on the podium for the kierin
It is her sixth Olympic medal, making her Australia's most decorated cyclist in Games history.
"I'm very proud," Meares told the ABC after her race.
“I had two goals for this competition and that was to better my place in the keirin from London, which was fifth, and to win a medal.
"I've done that - I've checked all my boxes."
The women’s 4X100m medley relay team of Emily Seebohm, Taylor McKeown, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell pipped Denmark for silver.
Kyle Chalmers, Mitch Larkin, Jake Packard and David Morgan scored a bronze in the last event of the meeting to give Australia 10 medals from swimming, including three golds.