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Burton in line for first sailing medal

15 August 2016

Australia should wake to its first sailing medal of the Rio Olympics with Laser sailor Tom Burton guaranteed a spot on the podium after the medal race on Guanabara Bay tomorrow.

Burton is sitting in second position behind Croatian Tonci Stipanovic, but they have such an advantage over the rest of the field that a medal is assured regardless of how the race pans out.

“It’s nice to have a medal locked in,” he said. “You hear a lot of stories about this course. I made some big mistakes on the first day and found out my own stories and each day’s been a different story.”

While there were no medals for Australia on day nine of the Olympic Games, equestrian athlete Edwina Tops-Alexander produced a clear show jumping round on the opening day of competition to share the lead.

Edwina Tops-Alexander  

Tops-Alexander was delighted with the form of her horse - the mare Lintea Tequila.

"I think in these conditions in this weather you really need a horse that has a lot of blood and gives you that extra power,” she said.

She’s a mare with a lot of quality and she’s very sure of herself. She gets in there and wants to get it done and tries the best she can so I’m very fortunate to have a mare like that.”

Brandon Starc has continued his family’s good form on the international sporting stage qualifying for the high jump final while his brother Mitchell continues to be the stand out performer for the Australian cricket team during their test series against Sri Lanka.

In other results, the Australian men’s basketball team qualified for the quarter-finals finishing second in their group. They will play Serbia for a place in the semi-finals on Wednesday night Australian time.

The Australian men's basketball team 

Australian golfer Marcus Fraser finished fifth in his Olympic debut.

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