12 August 2016
Australia has maintained a top-four position on the Olympic tally after collecting three more medals on day six of the Games, highlighted by silver to swimmer Mitch Larkin and the men’s quadruple scull rowing team.
Australia’s 15 medals in Rio are now spread across a total of eight different sports, with Jess Fox claiming bronze in the K1 canoe slalom.
The quad scull crew of Karsten Forsterling, Alexander Belonogoff, Cameron Girdlestone and James McRae qualified fastest for the final, but Germany was able to defend their Olympic title with a strong performance in tough conditions.
“We had one goal today and that was to have our best race,” Belonogoff said.
“Given the conditions and everything we had to deal with today, it was about getting on with the job and we feel we did have our best race. Awesome to go home with a little souvenir, would have been nice if it was gold but look we did what we could.”
Fox was set to place higher on the podium until a video review by officials docked her two seconds for touching a gate during her run.
The bronze medal adds to the silver Fox won as an 18-year-old at the 2012 London Olympics.
“Finishing that run … I was thrilled ... it wasn't perfect but it went into the lead and that was fantastic,” Fox said.
"Then obviously the asterisk came up and a late penalty was added and my heart sank because I didn't know if that would be good enough for a podium.”
Australia had high hopes in the pool and it was world champion Larkin who delivered the standout performance in the 200m backstroke.
Larkin was just a touch behind the USA’s Ryan Murphy at the final turn, but Murphy pulled away to take gold, leaving Larkin to fight off a late challenge from Russian Evgeny Rylov.
“I’m happy with silver to be honest, going in tonight all I wanted was to stand on the podium,” Larkin said.
“When you’re swimming for Olympic medals, you tend to tense up a bit and I think I felt that a bit.”
There was a lot of excitement that either Cate or Bronte Campbell could add another gold in the 100m freestyle, building on their 4 x100m relay win on day one.
Despite leading at the halfway and being well under her own world record pace, Cate wasn’t able to sustain that pace and both sisters finished off the podium. They will get another shot at medals in the