<h5>Athletics Race Walk - Olympics: Day 7</h5>
<p>RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12: Bronze medalist Dane Bird-Smith of Australia celebrates after the Men's 20km Race Walk on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Pontal on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.</p>
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Schedule & Results: Catch Up

(Local) / 09:30 AM 21 Aug (Rio)
Men's Marathon

2:16:12 (31st)

2:18:06 (47th)

2:22:19 (81st)

Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)
Feyisa Lilesa (ETH)
Galen Rupp (USA)

(Local) / 10:35 PM 20 Aug (Rio)
Men's 4 x 400m Relay Final

United States of America (USA)
Jamaica (JAM)
Bahamas (BAH)

(Local) / 10:00 PM 20 Aug (Rio)
Women's 4 x 400m Relay Final

United States of America (USA)
Jamaica (JAM)
Great Britain (GBR)

(Local) / 09:30 PM 20 Aug (Rio)
Men's 5000m Final

13:32.30 (14th)

Mohamed Farah (GBR)
Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo (USA)
Hagos Gebrhiwet (ETH)

(Local) / 09:15 PM 20 Aug (Rio)
Women's 800m Final

Caster Semenya (RSA)
Francine Niyonsaba (BDI)
Margaret Nyairera Wambui (KEN)

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The green and gold will by flying in Olympic stadium

All eyes will be on the athletics stadium in Maracana when the track and field stars get their chance to shine in Rio. Athletics will be the largest section of the 2016 Australian Olympic Team with 61 athletes to compete in the green and gold taking on some of the biggest names in world sport including Usain Bolt, who is aiming to do another triple-triple, which is the 100m, 200m, 4x100m at the same Games.

Defending 50km walk champion and team captain, Jared Tallent will lead the Australian Team.

Athletes to watch: Competing in both race walking events, Jared Tallent will be looking for his fourth Olympic medal and a defense of his 50km walk title will see his regarding as Australia’s greatest ever male athlete. Dane Bird-Smith, whose father and coach Dave Smith was a dual Olympian, is a big chance for a medal in Rio.

There will be a strong sea of green and gold in throwing events. 2009 World Champion Dani Samuels will compete in her third Olympic Games and looking to secure her first medal. In the women’s javelin Kathryn Mitchell could be a dark horse. In recent years she has been a finalist at the Olympic and world championships and this year she has achieved eight straight podium finishes, including five wins.

Dual Commonwealth champion Alana Boyd competes in her third Games and has returned from an early year injury to regain the Oceania pole vault record. Also in the jumps could current world championships silver medallist, Fabrice Lapierre, add to Australia’s four-silver medal Olympic streak. Three athletes on debut, Brooke Stratton (long jump), Eleanor Patterson (high jump) and Kurtis Marschall (pole vault) have the look of a future podium finish.

Australia's middle distance stocks have never been stronger with two of our best in history Ryan Gregson and Jeff Riesley leading a rising group of talent including Linden Hall, Luke Mathews and Jenny Blundell.  

Australia will be represented in every women's running for the first time since Sydney 2000. In that line up are big improvers in 2016, Ella Nelson (200m) and Morgan Mitchell (400m).

London Olympians Michael Shelley and Jess Trengove are coming off 2014 Commonwealth Games gold and bronze marathon medals respectively. There will be plenty of green and gold on the streets of Rio cheering on all six marathon runners and the full walking contingent.

Australia qualified a women’s 4x400m relay spot in 2015 at the World Relay Championships. The team in Rio will be the first Australian women’s relay since Sydney 2000.

Competition Format & Events

There are 47 events on the Olympic track and field program:

  • Field events: 16 (discus, shot put, hammer throw, javelin, long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault- men and women)
  • Track events: 23 (100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m, 4x400m, 800m, 1500, 5,000m, 10,000m, 400m hurdles, 3000m steeplechase- men, 100m hurdles- women, 110m hurdles- men)
  • Road events: 5 (marathon, 20km walk, 50km walk-men)
  • Combined events: 2 (heptathlon- women, decathlon- men)

The combined events feature the following events:
Heptathlon: 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m, long jump, javelin, 800m
Decathlon: 100m, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400m, 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, 1500m

The majority of track events begin with one or more rounds of heats, with the best athletes eventually qualifying for the final. Field events at the Games start with a qualification stage, with the best athletes qualifying for the final.  

Australia and Olympic Athletics

The Australian athletics team has delivered three medals in the London 2012 campaign, with super Sally Pearson breaking the Olympic record to win 100m hurdles gold, Jared Tallent eventually being crowned the Olympic champion in the 50km walk and Mitchell Watt leaping to silver in the long jump.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games the Australian athletics team triumphed over years of frustration. Returning home with four medals- the most in athletics since Mexico City in 1968- athletics in Australia was delivered a rush of confidence. Hooker had soared to gold in the pole vault, Pearson had achieved the unthinkable winning sprint silver in the 100m hurdles, and on debut Jared Tallent won silver and bronze in the 20km and 50km walks.

Australia has enjoyed a rich history in Olympic athletics history all the way back to when Olympic trailblazer Edwin Flack won the 800 and 1500m in 1896. Names such as Herb Elliott, Shirley Strickland, Raelene Boyle and Marjorie Jackson dominated the world athletics scene in the 1950s and 60s. One of Australia's most memorable Olympic victories across any sport came from athletics at the Sydney 2000 Games when Cathy Freeman carried the hopes of the whole country on her back to win gold in the 400m.

Australia's Olympic athletics medal tally is: 71 (21 gold, 25 silver, 25 bronze)

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Did you know

  • Men and women compete in the same 16 field events. They compete in different combined events- with men contesting the decathlon and women a heptathlon. Both men and women compete in the marathon and 20km walk but men also compete in a 50km, hence why men contest 24 medals and women 23. On the track men compete in 110m hurdles whereas women compete in 100m hurdles.
  • A total of six athletes may be entered for a relay team. If a country has entered individual athletes and a relay team in the same distance, the entered individual athletes (including the eventual reserve) must be included in the total of six athletes entered for the relay events.
  • The height of the hurdles in the men’s 110m event are 1.067 metres, the height of the hurdles in the women’s 100m event are 83.8 cm.

Pre-Rio AUS Tally

21 Gold
26 Silver
26 Bronze


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Road race gold to Wellings & Robinson in Adelaide 19 September 2016 (AEDT)

Eloise Wellings and Brett Robinson have capped off their 2016 season with victory at the Australian Road Running Championships


Top 16 quotes from the Games 6 September 2016 (AEDT)

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Olympic stars inspire students in Canberra 6 September 2016

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Welcome home celebrations wrap up in Canberra 5 September 2016 (AEDT)

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Massive Brisbane crowd welcome home Rio athletes 2 September 2016

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Bursting with pride | Sue's blog 1 September 2016 (AEDT) | Ryan Gregson

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Welcome Home Celebration Melbourne 31 August 2016

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#OneTeam 27 August 2016

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Fan Messages capture Australia's pride 23 August 2016 (AEDT)

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Looking to Tokyo 22 August 2016 (AEDT)

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Australian Medallists of the Rio Games 22 August 2016

Reaction from our medal winners of the Rio Games.


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Athletics continues to step forward 22 August 2016

Our Rio athletics team put forward a terrific overall performance at the Games with two medals in race walking, and 28 athletes achieving top 16 results in their respective competitions. Things are looking on the up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.


Top five target remains our future goal 22 August 2016 (AEDT)

A top five position on the Olympic medals table remains a realistic goal for Australia despite falling “well short” of ambitions in Rio, chef de mission Kitty Chiller has declared.


Marathon men go the distance 22 August 2016 (AEDT)

The marathon is the most gruelling and demanding of Olympic events – and Scott Westcott was smiling every step of the 42.2km way.


Day 16 Preview 21 August 2016 (AEDT)

On the final day of competition, Australia will shoot for an historic first ever basketball medal and has three runners in the men’s marathon.


Aussies make most of finals feeling 21 August 2016 (AEDT)

Ryan Gregson has achieved a top-10 finish in the men’s 1500m final while Australia’s 4x400m women’s relay team finished eighth in the last night of competition at the Olympic Stadium.


Turning point for Australian women’s athletics 21 August 2016 (AEDT)

The Rio Games may be a turning point for our women’s track and field team.


Day 15 Preview 20 August 2016 (AEDT)

The last full day of action at the Olympics sees us involved in athletics, canoe sprint, golf, triathlon, diving and modern pentathlon. Medals are on the line across the sports.