04 August 2016
20 August - Day 15
Ryan Gregson has finished in ninth position in the men’s 1500m final after becoming the first Australian to make an Olympic 1500m final in 40 years. Brett Robinson finished 14th in the final of the men’s 5000m with British athlete Mo Farah winning the event to receive his fourth Olympic gold medal.
Minjee Lee and Su Oh started the final round if the women’s golf tournament in equal eighth place. Lee shot a four under par 67 to tie for seventh with Oh a one under par 70 to tie for 13th. Lee had a long eagle putt on the 18th hole to tie for third but had to settle for a birdie. The winner was Inbee Park of Korea, with New Zealander Lydia Ko taking the silver and Shanshan Feng of China the bronze.
Australia’s female triathletes competed the women’s race around Fort Copacabana with Emma Moffat finishing sixth, Erin Densham in 12th and debutant Ashleigh Gentle completing the race in 26th.
Max Esposito had a hard act follow, a day after his sister Chloe won the women’s gold medal in the modern pentathlon. The youngest competitor in the field, he made a good start with a sub-two minute 200m swim, followed by a 29th place in fencing, then a mistake free show jumping round. He started the final round, combined running and shooting, 45 seconds behind gold medallist Alexander Lesun of Russia and finished in overall seventh position 17 seconds behind Lesun.
Australia’s K4 1000m defending Olympic champions just missed out on a medal in the A final finishing fourth after winning their semi-final. The team of Jacob Clear, Ken Wallace, Jordan Wood and Riley Fitzsimmons came close to a podium finish behind the gold medal-winning Germans.
Domonic Bedggood has finished 12th in the men’s 10m platform diving final at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre. Making his Olympic debut, the 21 year-old from the Gold Coast scored a total of 403.80 points.
19 August - Day 14
Chloe Esposito finished strongly in the final event of the modern pentathlon to win the gold medal. Starting the combined running/shooting discipline in seventh place and 45 seconds behind it seemed like the gap would be too great to medal.
However, Esposito only missed one target in the four lots of five shots and gradually overtook the six athletes in front of her. Her final combined time of 12 minutes, 10.19 seconds contributed to her 1372 points, an Olympic record and Australia's first medal in Olympic modern pentathlon history.
Chloe and her brother Max were the first athletes selected on the 2016 Australian Olympic Team back in July.
Australian race walker Jared Tallent delivered an exceptional performance in the 50km walk to win the silver medal in a gruelling race. Tallent took the lead at the 39km mark and led by as much as 24 seconds with five kilometres to walk, until Slovakian Matej Toth made his move and passed Tallent with two kilometres remaining. The medal takes Tallent’s Olympic medal tally to one gold, two silver and one bronze from three Olympics. He has now won more medals than any other Australian male athletics competitor at the Olympics.
Alana Boyd finished fourth on a countback in the women’s pole vault final. Boyd cleared 4.80m, just one centimetre below her personal best, to be in the final five competitors but couldn’t successfully clear 4.85m, which would have placed her in the medals.
Boyd’s performance capped a memorable night for Australia’s women at the track, with Eloise Wellings and Madeline Hills recording top 10 finishes and Hills and Genevieve LaCaze both running personal bests in the 5000m final, and our women’s 4x400m relay team qualifying for the final. Regan Lamble also achieved a top 10 finish in the women’s 20km walk to record the third best performance by an Australian in the event’s history.
It was a disappointing day for Australia’s BMX athletes, with both Caroline Buchanan and Lauren Reynolds crashing in their semi-final runs and not progressing to the final. In the men’s semi-finals Sam Willoughby and Anthony Dean won all six races between them to both qualify for the final. Willoughby then finished sixth and Dean was ranked eighth, after he failed to finish.
The Boomers will play off for the bronze medal against Spain on Sunday after being outclassed by a physical Serbian team in the semi-final 87-61.
18 August - Day 13
Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, the defending Olympic champions, out sailed Germany in a tense final race to claim silver in the 49er class while Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan also claimed silver in the men’s 470 class. Belcher claimed Gold at London in the Men’s 470 class with former team mate Malcolm Page while Will Ryan was on debut at Rio.
Ken Wallace and Lachlan Tame have claimed the bronze medal in the canoeing K2 1000m event on Lagoa. The medal was Wallace’s third in Olympic competition after winning gold and bronze medals at Beijing in 2008 whilst Tame was on debut.
Sam Willoughby and Anthony Dean have qualified for the BMX semi-finals after strong performances in the quarter-finals. London 2012 silver medallist Willoughby had three victories while Dean had two wins and one second place.
Minjee Lee remains in medal contention half way through the women’s golf tournament after firing a four under par 67 in the second round to be four shots off the lead.
In athletics Kathryn Mitchell finished in sixth position in the women’s javelin, less than 50cm away from the bronze medal. Damien Birkinhead finished in tenth in the men’s Shot Put, Cedric Dubler finished 14th in the Decathlon and Ryan Gregson became the first Australian athlete to qualify for the men’s 1500m final in 40 years.
16 August - Day 11
Tom Burton has won Australia’s first sailing gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after an amazing turn around in the men’s laser medal race. Burton needed to put five positions between himself and Croatia’s Tonci Stipanovic in order to win the gold.
He finished the medal race in third and the Croatian crossed the line in ninth to give Burton top spot on the podium.
Cousins Lisa Darmanin and Jason Waterhouse won Australia’s second medal of the day, winning silver in the Nacra 17 event at Guanabara Bay. Sitting in fourth prior to the medal race, the Aussie duo jumped two places up the rankings after they crossed the line in second in the final race of the regatta behind New Zealand to be pipped for the gold medal by the Argentineans by a single point.
Dani Samuels has achieved her best ever performance at an Olympics, finishing fourth in the discus throw. The triple Olympian, who finished ninth at the 2008 Beijing Games and 12th at the London 2012 Games, saved her best for last, recording a top throw of 64.90m on her sixth attempt.
Australia’s sprint kayakers competed in the first of their A-finals, with Murray Stewart in the men’s K1 1000m and Olympic debutants Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull in the women’s K2 500m. Stewart narrowly missed out on a medal after holding a narrow lead with 250m to go but he couldn’t hold off the challengers.
Burnett and Bull finished eighth in their final while Martin Marinov contested the B-Final of the men’s C1 1000m and finished in seventh place.
The Australia Opals women’s basketball team had a narrow loss 73-71 to Serbia in a nail biter that went down to the last second of play.
The 14th ranked Serbians stunned the world number two Australians to end their hopes of winning a medal for the sixth consecutive Olympics.
Australia has bowed out of the team’s show jumping competition but team members Edwina Tops-Alexander and Matt Williams remain alive in the individual event.
15 August - Day 10
Genevieve LaCaze and Madeline Heiner-Hills both ran personal best times to finish in the top ten of the women’s 3000m steeplechase final. Heiner-Hills powered home over the final laps to clock 9:20:38, finishing in 7th place. LaCaze took almost two seconds off her personal best crossing the line in 9th position in a time of 9:21:21. This is the first time ever Australian athletes have qualified for the final of this event.
The Australian women’s water polo team lost to Hungary in a physical quarter final match, missing out on a chance to advance to the medal rounds. The Australians lost in a penalty shootout after scores were level 8-8 at the end of four quarters.
The Stingers now play two more games to determine final placings in 5th to 8th positions.
The Australian women’s hockey team bowed out of medal contention after losing a quarter final match to New Zealand 2-4. The match was predicted to be tight with the past two Oceania Cup titles being determined in shoot-outs.
Australia’s beach volleyballers, Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy, lost their quarter final match to the strong USA pairing of April Ross and 3-time gold medallist Kerri Walsh Jennings. The Australians are now out of medal contention.
14 August - Day 9
The Australian men’s hockey team Olympic campaign was halted in the quarter-finals following a 4-0 defeat to the Netherlands.
The Australian men’s basketball team beat Venezuela 81-56 to finish second in their pool behind the United States and progress to the quarter-finals.
The Australian men’s water polo team beat Greece 12-7 to finish fifth in their group, failing to progress to the quarter-finals.
In beach volleyball, Australia’s final pair of Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Kerri Jennings-Walshe and April Ross of the United States in straight sets 21-14, 21-16.
Milly Clark was Australia’s best placed athlete in the women’s Marathon, finishing 18th on debut. Jessica Trengove finished in 22nd place followed by Lisa Weightman (31st). Kenya’s Jemima Sumgong won the women’s marathon.
Edwina Tops-Alexander, riding Lintea Tequila, has produced a clear show jumping round on the opening day of competition to stay in contention for a podium result.
Scott Keach riding Fedor, Matt Williams riding Valinski S and James Paterson-Robinson riding Amarillo also all qualified for the next round.
In the men’s golf, Marcus Fraser finished in fifth place after fading in the last round. The gold medal was won by Great Britain’s Justin Rose.
August 13 - Day 8
Kim Brennan won Australia’s sixth gold medal at the Rio Games in the women’s single event in rowing in rowing at Lagoa on day eight. It was Australia’s first gold medal in rowing in eight years.
The 31 year old, who completed her set of Olympic medals by claiming top spot on the podium in Rio, led from start to finish to give Australia only its second ever women's Olympic rowing gold medal on the final day of the rowing regatta.
Anna Meares became the first Australian athlete to claim four individual medals at four Olympic Games, winning the bronze medal in the women’s keirin.
The victory also elevates Meares to Australia’s most decorated Olympic cyclist with six medals including two gold, one silver and three bronze from her four Olympic campaigns which started at Athens in 2004.
On the final night of competition at the pool, Cate Campbell continued her strong form in the relay events, bringing Australia back from fifth place at the last turn to claim the silver in the women’s 4x100m medley relay.
Alongside Campbell, Emma McKeon took her fourth medal of the games, while Emily Seebohm and Taylor McKeown secured their first.
Australia’s men’s medley relay team won bronze in the last swimming event of the 2016 Games. Kyle Chalmers lifted the team into the bronze medal position with a strong last 50m.
In individual events Cate and Bronte Campbell finished fifth and seventh respectively in the women’s 50m freestyle final and 400m gold medallist Mack Horton finished fifth in the 1500m freestyle.
Australian long jump favourite Fabrice Lapierre was eliminated from the Olympic final, after fouling two out of three attempts in the opening round. Lapierre fouled his first attempt before recording a distance of 7.87m with his second jump. He fouled on his last jump.
Australia's women's water polo team, the Stingers powered home to win 10-3 over hosts Brazil in the final pool stage of the Games. Australia finished second in their pool behind Italy and they will face Hungary in the quarter final.
In other team sport results, the Hockeyroos are through to a knock-out quarter-final clash with New Zealand after defeating Japan 2-0 and the Opals overhauled Belarus from 13 points down late in the third term to win 74-66.
Sailing has secured its first medal of the Olympics but Laser sailor Tom Burton will have to sail in the medal race on Monday to determine the colour.
Burton has built a significant enough score to assure himself of a medal. However, the colour of the medal will come down to the double point medal race, which will be held on Guanabara Bay on Monday.
Australia’s women’s three metre springboard competitors Maddison Keeney and Esther Qin qualified for the final after finishing fourth and 10th respectively in the semi-final and will compete for a medal today.
Australia also has the chance to win another cycling medal in the men’s individual sprint. Matthew Glaetzer was beaten 2-0 in his semi-final by Britain’s Callum Skinner, but still has the opportunity to claim the bronze medal.
August 11 - Day 6
Australia won two silver medals and a bronze medal to retain fourth place on the medal table at the end of competition on 11th August.
In the men’s quadruple sculls, Australia won a silver medal finishing 1.15 seconds behind Germany, the gold medallists from London 2012.
The team, made up of Karsten Forsterling, Alexander Belonogoff, Cameron Girdlestone and James McRae, went into the final as a strong medal chance after finishing second at last year's World Championships.
Jessica Fox won a bronze medal in the Women’s K1 canoe slalom final, adding to the silver medal she won in the same event at the London Olympics as an 18 year old. Fox crossed the line in first place with a time of 100.49.
Unfortunately, a video review saw Fox incur a two-second penalty for touching a gate during her run, which saw her relegated to second place, behind New Zealander Luuka Jones.
In the final run, Spain’s Maialen Chourrat completed the course in 98.65 seconds securing gold and moving Jones and Fox down a place.
Fox went into the event as a medal chance having finished fourth at the 2015 ICF World Championships and having podium finishes in events in the lead up to the Rio Olympics.
In swimming, Mitch Larkin won a silver medal in the 200m Men’s Backstroke event. However, Australia’s swimming team fell short of expectations with sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell failing to win medals in the 100m freestyle final, finishing 6th and 4th respectively.
Cate had set Olympic records in her heat and semi-final and went into the final as a strong medal chance. Cate and Bronte Campbell will look to bounce back as they compete in the 50m Freestyle heats tomorrow.
In team events, the Opals overcame a 16-point fourth quarter deficit to down Japan 92-86 in the women’s basketball competition.
The Hockeyroos defeated Argentina 1-0 in women’s hockey in a hard-fought match between the second and third ranked sides in the world, with a stunning penalty save by Australia’s goal-keeper Rachael Lynch the highlight of the match.
Australia’s Thunderbolts lost the play-off for eighth place 10-12 to France in the men’s rugby 7s competition.
August 10 - Day 5
Australia won a gold and two silver in the pool to move up to fourth place on the Rio Olympic medal table.
Despite being the second-fastest qualifier from the semi-final, Kyle Chalmers won gold in the men’s 100m freestyle, again swimming a personal best time and world junior record of 47.58 secs. He claimed gold ahead of Pieter Timmers (Belgium) and Nathan Adrian (USA). Cameron McEvoy, the pre-race favourite, finished in 7th place.
In other results Madeline Groves won silver in the women’s 200m butterfly in a personal best time to win, just 0.03 seconds behind Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia with Natsumi Hoshi (JPN) in third place.
Bronte Barratt, Tamsin Cook, Emma McKeon and Leah Neale won the silver in the women’s 4 x 200m freestyle relay team behind the United States with Canada in third. Jessica Ashwood will also receive a silver medal for swimming in the morning’s heat.
Cate Campbell set Olympic records in her heat and semi-final of the women’s 100m freestyle to qualify fastest for the final with Bronte Campbell qualifying 5th fastest. Taylor McKeown also qualified fastest for the women’s 200m breastroke final. Mitch Larkin qualified second fastest for the men’s 200m backstroke final.
In cycling Australia finished with two top ten results in the road time trial. Katrin Garfoot in 9th place despite suffering from a lingering chest infection and Rohan Dennis in 5th after losing time from changing his bike after a mechanical failure during the race.
In beach volleyball Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy defeated the sixth-seeded Dutch pair in their final pool match to remain undefeated and finish top of their pool to progress to the Round of 16. Nikki Laird and Mariafe Artacho del Solar were eliminated after losing to China.
After setting an Olympic Record in the qualification round, James Willett narrowly missed out on qualifying for a medal shoot in the semi-final of the men’s double trap shooting, finishing in 5th place. The event was won by Kuwaiti Fehaid Aldeehani, competing as an independent Olympic athlete, becoming the first independent athlete to win gold.
Australia is currently in 9th at the half-way point in the equestrian dressage team competition with 60-year-old Sue Hearn becoming Australia’s second oldest athlete to make an Olympic debut and 61-year-old Mary Hanna becoming Australia’s oldest competing Olympian.
In team sports Australia defeated Japan 8-6 in men’s water polo. The women’s hockey team had a 6-1 victory over India and the men’s hockey team beat Great Britain 2-1. The men’s Rugby 7’s team was eliminated by South Africa 22-5 in the quarter finals.
The Australian men’s basketball team lost 88-98 to the USA ‘Dream Team.
August 9 - Day 4
Australia has collected two medals on Day Four with bronze in the men’s equestrian eventing and women’s 200-metre free-style. Australia took its medal tally to nine from six different sports. Australia sits fourth on the Rio medal tally overall with four gold and five.
Australia won bronze in the team three-day equestrian event. The team of Chris Burton, Sam Griffiths, Shane Rose and Stuart Tinney finished third after entering the final day of show jumping in the gold medal position.
In the individual eventing competition Sam Griffiths and Chris Burton narrowly missed out on medals, finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
Emma McKeon swam an impressive 200m freestyle to win a bronze medal. McKeon lead the race early and held on for a bronze medal after being overtaken by American superstar Katie Ledecky. Fellow Australian Bronte Barratt swum her first PB in five years from lane eight with a time of 1:55.25 to finish equal fifth overall in her last individual swim ever for Australia.
Madeline Groves and Brianna Throssell have qualified for the women’s 200m butterfly final. Groves qualified fastest with a time of 2:05.66 and Throssell finished seventh and will swim the final from lane one. Veteran Alicia Coutts finished the final individual swim of her career with a fifth place in the women’s 200m Individual Medley event.
Kyle Chalmers and Cameron McEvoy qualified second and third fastest respectively for the men’s 100m freestyle. Chalmers continues to impress swimming a PB of 47.88 seconds in the semi-final.
Kim Brennan has won her quarter-final race in the women’s single sculls to progress to Thursday’s semi-finals. Rhys Grant finished second in his quarter-final advancing to the semi-finals of the men’s single sculls.
Australia’s men’s and women’s double sculls finished outside of the top three in each of their respective semi-finals, they will both contest the B-Finals.
The Australian men’s rugby 7s team, the Thunderbolts have had mixed results on day one of competition with a 31-14 loss to France in their opening match and a 26-12 win over Spain in their second match of the day. Day 2 of competition sees the Thunderbolts face South Africa in their final pool A match before the quarter finals.
In other results the Australian women’s water polo team the Stingers won their opening match of their Rio campaign with a 14-4 win over Russia.
The Australian women’s basketball team the Opals remained undefeated in their pool with an 89-71 victory over France.
The Australian women’s football team the Matildas convincingly beat Zimbabwe 6-1 to qualify for the quarter-finals where they will play host nation, Brazil.
The Australian men’s hockey team the Kookaburras lost their second consecutive game in Rio, going down 0-1 to Belgium. They are still to play two more matches in Pool A, against Great Britain on Wednesday and Brazil on Friday.
Sailor Tom Burton produced a strong performance in the Laser class to come back from a tough first day at the Olympic sailing regatta. Burton was sitting tenth after the first day of racing, but finished a second and a tenth in the next two races to move up into fourth place overall. Ashley Stoddart is 14th place overall in Women’s Laser Radial. In the first day of Finn racing Jake Lilley finished day 1 with an overall ranking of 19th.
August 8 - Day 3
The Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens Team, the Pearls, made Olympic history, winning the first ever women’s rugby gold medal with a 24-17 win over New Zealand. It was the first gold medal for an Australian women’s team since the Stingers and the Hockeyroos at Sydney in 2000.
Emma Tonegato opened the scoring after seven minutes to level the scores and tries followed to Evania Pelite, Ellia Green and player of the match Charlotte Caslick before the Kiwis scored two tries in the final minute and a half.
The victory is a triumph for coach Tim Walsh, a former Australian men’s sevens representative and Queensland Reds fly-half, who has a successful record with the team, adding Olympic gold to their recent World Series victory.
Mitch Larkin finished fourth in the men’s 100m backstroke and Emily Seebohm and Madison Wilson finishing seventh and eighth respectively in the women’s event.
Australia is on the verge of a gold medal in eventing with Chris Burton narrowly leading in the individual competition and the Australians also occupying first position in the team’s event by a small margin. Strong cross country performances have given Australia the advantage leading into today’s crucial show jumping rounds in which the team and individual medals will be decided.
The Australian men's four rowing team posted the fastest heat time at Lagoa Stadium. Their performance capped a mixed day of results for the Australian rowing team with the elimination of the women's quad scull.
The Hockeyroos lost their second consecutive game in Rio, going down 2-1 to the USA. They are still to play three more matches in Pool B, against India on Wednesday, Argentina on Thursday and Japan on Saturday.
It took a last-minute goal and four goals from Richie Campbell but the Australian men’s water polo team have snatched a draw with water polo powerhouse Hungary. The Sharks drew 9-9 to bank their first point after an opening loss to Brazil in their first game.
The Australian men’s basketball team the Boomers defeated Serbia 95-80, after Serbia led 63-62 heading in to the final quarter.
Matthew Dellavedova contributed 23 points and 13 assists and Patty Mills also shone with a game high 26 points. It means the Boomers have won both of their two matches in Rio so far, ahead of the highly anticipated clash with the all-star USA team.
In track cycling, the 4000m women's team pursuit will be decided on Thursday, day one of the Rio track program.
The Australian men’s hockey team takes on Belgium, the world number six side on Tuesday night in their next match.
August 7 - Day 2
The Australian Olympic team is sitting third on the Olympic medal table after the second day of competition with three gold medals and three bronze medals. USA leads the table, with China in second place.
Australia won its third gold medal for the Games with shooter Catherine Skinner winning the women’s trap event.
In her first Olympics, Skinner showed nerves of steel to recover from missing her first and fourth targets in the 15-target final to claim victory over New Zealand’s Oceania Champion Natalie Rooney.
The win is Skinner’s first on the international stage having been a two-time World Cup silver medalist and bronze medal winner at the 2014 World Championships.
In other results Australia won a bronze medal in women’s synchronised 3-metre springboard diving event, demonstrating the breadth of Australia’s talent across multiple sports. Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith were an outside medal chance sitting in fifth position leading into their final dive.
The Australians scored 71.1 points to overtake the Canadian and Malaysian teams and snare third place. It was their highest scoring dive of the final.
The Australian men’s swimming team won bronze in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay behind the United States and France to end day two in the pool in Rio.
The Australian team of James Roberts, Kyle Chalmers, James Magnussen and Cameron McEvoy finished in a time of 3:11.37. The result is an improvement on the fourth place at the London Olympics.
The Australian women’s rugby sevens team earned a place in the semi-finals after drawing (12-12) with USA in the final pool match and defeating Spain (24-0) in its quarter-final match.
In other team sports, the Australian women’s basketball team had a gritty win against Turkey (61-56) and the Australian men’s hockey team lost (1-0) to Spain.
August 6 - Day 1
The Australian Olympic team finished the first day of competition in Rio on top of the Olympic medal table with two gold medals and one bronze medal. Hungary are in second place with two gold medals and the United States in third with one gold and four bronze medals.
Mack Horton claimed Australia’s first Gold medal of the Rio Olympics in the 400m freestyle on the first night of finals in the swimming. Horton finished first ahead of defending champion Sun Yang of China, with Gabriele Detti of Italy in third.
Australia also won gold in the women’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay. The team of Emma McKeon, Brittany Elmslie, Bronte Campbell and Cate Campbell won the final in a world record time ahead of the United States, with Canada in third. Madison Wilson was also awarded a gold medal after swimming for the team in the morning’s heats.
The Australian men’s archery team of Taylor Worth, Alec Potts and Ryan Tyack combined to defeat China in the bronze medal match of the men’s team competition to secure Australia’s first medal of the Rio Olympics and the nation’s first ever Olympic medal in a team Archery event.
Richie Porte has withdrawn from the Cycling Road Time Trial after suffering a fractured right scapula when he crashed on a descent during Saturday’s Olympic Road Race. Porte was well positioned in the main bunch of 40 riders with 40 kilometres remaining when he was unable to avoid a rider who crashed ahead of him on the descent of the treacherous Vista Chinesa climb. Belgium’s Greg Van Avermaet took the gold ahead of Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang and Poland’s Rafal Majka.
The Australian women’s rugby sevens team booked its place in the quarter-finals after wins against Colombia (53-0) and Fiji (36-0) in its first two pool games. Australia play USA in its third and final match in Pool A on Sunday 8 August with the quarter finals less than four hours later.
Australian tennis player John Millman became the first player in Olympic history to win a match 6-0, 6-0 in his first round match against Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis.
Melissa Tapper, competing in the women’s table tennis, made history as the first Australian athlete to take part in an Olympics and Paralympics. Tapper, who was fourth in the class 10 category at the 2012 London Paralympics, lost 4-2 in the singles to Brazilian Caroline Kumahara.
In team sports, Australia recorded wins in the Men’s and Women’s Basketball (over France and Brazil respectively, while the Men’s Hockey Team (The Kookaburra’s) defeated New Zealand. The Matlida’s drew with World ranked No 2, Germany, with a late equalizer to the German’s, while the Sharks (Men’s Water Polo) and Hockeyroos (Women’s Hockey) suffered close defeats in their respective matches.
Australia’s archers competed in the Individual and Team ranking rounds prior to the opening ceremony. Alex Potts, Ryan Tyack and Taylor Worth ranked 20th, 23rd and 14th respectively to progress to the round of 64 in Men’s Individual. Alice Ingley, battling illness, was ranked 58th in Women’s Individual also qualified for the round of 64 eliminations. The Men’s team of Potts, Tyack and Worth qualified in 4th position to advance straight to the quarter-finals.
Jared Tallent has pulled out of the 20km walk at the Rio Games due to a sore hamstring and shifted his entire focus to his 50km title defence. Tallent, 31, is aiming to be the first male Australian track and field athlete to medal at three separate Olympics and the 50km race has always been his strongest event.
The Men's and Women's Football and Men's and Women's Handball kicked off two days before the opening ceremony to ensure there was time to complete all matches within the Olympic period.
Australia's only team in competition during these two days is the Matilda's Women's Football Team. They opened their Olympic Campaign with a disappointing 2-0 lose to Canada in their Group F encounter.
The Matilda's next match is again European Heavyweights Germany on Sunday, 7 August at 7:00am (AEST)