Daily Preview - Day 13

Published 18 August 2016 (AEDT)

Melissa Wu of Australia competes during the Women's 10m Platform at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. © 2016 Getty Images

Day 13 (Thursday, 18 August)

On Day 13, three-time Olympians Ken Wallace in canoe sprint and Mel Wu in diving are podium hopes aiming to add to their own Olympic medal collections. Also sailing medals are on the line in the 470 and 49er classes. If you are a supporter of Ryan – you have four to choose from on Day 13 – Ryan Gregson, Ryan Bailie, Ryan Fisher and Will Ryan


ATHLETICS – Morning session: Decathlon continues and more field events
Rio time: 09:30, AEST: 22:00
Cedric Dubler starts his Day 2 competition in the gruelling decathlon, while in the field Damien Birkinhead (shot put) and Eleanor Patterson (high jump) have qualifying rounds.

ATHLETICS – Evening session: field event Finals & Ryan Gregson
Rio time: 18:35, AEST: Friday 07:35
A genuine medal hope, Kathryn Mitchell lines up in the javelin final, while Damien Birkinhead returns to the stadium after his morning qualification round. 
NSW South Coast middle distance runner Ryan Gregson brings the confidence of a terrific year into the race. That form continued in the heats where he coasted into the semi-final. But this will be the test. Can he become the first Australian to make the final in 40 years?

Rio time: 09:00, AEST: 22:00
After winning two medals in Beijing, Ken Wallace was just outside the medals, placing fourth in the K2 1000m in London. He gets another chance to step on to the podium in Rio, teaming with Lachlan Tame in the K2 1000m. They have won silver at the past two World Championships. They are looking very good for a podium finish after a strong win in their semi-final. Their main competition looks to be Serbian pair Marko Tomicevic and Milenko Zoric, who defeated the Aussies in the heats. (read a preview here>>>)

MODERN PENTATHLON – Fencing Ranking Round
Rio time: 10:00, AEST: 23:00
The Modern Pentathlon competition kicks off for siblings Chloe & Max Esposito with the fencing ranking round. In London, Chloe placed a tremendous sixth. (read a preview here>>>)

Rio time: 11:00, AEST: 24:00
Australia’s next generation of Olympic male triathletes, Aaron Royle, Ryan Bailie and Ryan Fisher, have arrived in Ipanema Beach - ready, willing and able to shake up Thursday’s Rio race – 16 years and four Olympics since the sport debuted in Sydney. (read a preview here>>>)

DIVING – Women’s Diving 10m Platform final
Rio time: 16:00, AEST: Friday 05:00
Melissa Wu was a silver medallist at her first Olympic Games in 2008. She has been in great form and is ready for another podium performance. She will be joined by 18-year-old Brittany O’Brien, who was a late call-up for the Games. In their preliminary events yesterday, they performed very well, with Wu placing fourth and O’Brien 17th to both progress to today’s semi-final at 23.00 (AEST), ahead of the final on Friday at 05:00 (AEST). Just 12 will progress from the semi-final into the final. (Read a preview here>>>)

SAILING – Men’s 49er - medal races
Rio time: 13:05, AEST: Friday 02:05
Tomorrow is shaping up as another big day for our sailors.  The postponed 470 Men's race will determine what colour medal Mat Belcher and Will Ryan take home, while the 49er medal race will determine the final results for 2012 gold medallists Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, who are still a red hot medal chance. (Read a preview here>>>)

Other sports in action on Day 13 are: Women’s Golf (Round 2, read a preview here>>>), Taekwondo (-57kg division), Synchro Swimming (Teams Technical), Cycling BMX men’s quarter-final (Read a preview here>>>)

 David Tarbotton

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