Three medals and PBs on Day 7 in Rio
Published 13 August 2016 (AEDT)
ARCHERY: Taylor Worth came agonisingly close to continuing on his historic run in Rio losing a quarter-final shoot-off in the individual event at the Sambodromo to bring Australia’s Rio 2016 archery campaign to a close. Worth went down to eventual gold medallist Bonchan Ku of Korea in a shoot-off.
ATHLETICS: Dane Bird-Smith produced a gutsy effort to win the bronze medal in the men’s 20km walk. The 24-year-old Queenslander finished third behind China’s Zhen Wang.
Eloise Wellings recorded the best ever Olympic result by an Australian in the 10,000m, beating her personal best in a race that saw Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana smash a 23-year-old world record. Wellings finished 10th in a time of 31 minutes, 14.94 seconds, eclipsing her personal best of 31:41.31.
Matthew Denny and Benn Harradine both missed out on places in the men’s discus final. Denny finished 19th with a best throw of 61.16m while Harradine finished 20th with a best throw of 60.85m.
Jeff Riseley, Luke Mathews and Peter Bol each missed a place in the men's 800m semi-finals. Riseley was the best of the Australians, finishing fourth in his heat in 1.46.93. Bol finished sixth in his heat in a time of 1.49.36, while Mathews finished seventh in his heat in a time of 1:50.17.
Melissa Breen finished seventh in her 100m heat to miss out on advancing to the semi-finals. The Aussie was slow out of the blocks and clocked a time of 11.74. Jamaica’s Shelley-Ann Fraser-Price was the lone runner to break 11 seconds in the heats, clocking 10.96.
BADMINTON: The mixed doubles pairing of Leanne Choo and Robin Middleton were gallant in defeat, pushing a fast and furious Malaysia to 17-21, 15-21. The Australians have one remaining pool match but with two losses already are unlikely to progress to the quarter-finals. The men’s doubles are in the same situation, Matthew Chau and Sawan Serasinghe going down to Russia 16-21, 16-21 on Day 7. The top two teams from each group will move through the pool stage into the round of 16.
BASKETBALL: Australia has defeated China 93-68 to remain second in group A. The Aussies extended their advantage throughout the contest, leading by five at quarter time, 10 at half time and 15 at three quarter time en route to the victory.
BOXING: Shelley Watts suffered a shock preliminary round elimination in her Olympic debut bout against lanky Italian Irma Testa at Riocentro. Watts, 29, was unlucky to lose 2-1 in a split decision (39-37, 37-39, 39-37) after a strong performance in completing four two-minute rounds.
While teammate Daniel Lewis fought bravely but lost in an unanimous 3-0 decision to World No.2 Uzbekistan opponent Bektemir Melikuziev in round 2.
CYCLING – TRACK: Australia celebrated its 50th cycling medal in Olympic competition by winning a superb silver in the men’s team pursuit. Jack Bobridge, Michael Hepburn, Alexander Edmondson and Sam Welsford bolted from the gates to lead at every time check through to the 3km mark.
Meanwhile, our women were pipped at the post in the team sprint final. Anna Meares and Stephanie Morton opened their Rio campaigns with a fourth place in the team sprint.
DIVING: Australia’s Esther Qin and Maddison Keeney successfully qualified for the women’s 3m springboard semi-final after finishing fifth and ninth respectively, in the preliminary round at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre in Rio.
FOOTBALL: It was heartbreak for the women's football team taking on Brazil in the quarter-finals. With the scores drawn 0-0 at full time the two sides faced off in a penalty shoot-out with the home side coming out on top 7-6 in penalties and knocking our team out the competition.
GOLF: Marcus Fraser leads by a single shot from fast-finishing Belgian Thomas Pieters after two rounds. Fraser missed at least six putts by a matter of centimetres that could have strengthened his position at the top of the leaderboard from a chasing pack.
ROWING: The men's four of Alex Hill, Joshua Booth, Joshua Dunkley-Smith and Will Lockwood won silver behind Great Britain. While Kim Brennan qualified comfortably for the single sculls final at Lake Lagoa.
SAILING: Mat Belcher and Will Ryan are second overall in the 470 men and only two points behind the Croatians. Having completed five races of their preliminary series of 10 races, the Aussies are in good shape and are eight points ahead of the third-placed Brits.
Tom Burton moved up the leaderboard to third place overall in the laser class. He's only five points off Croatia in first place and two points off Brazil’s Robert Scheidt in second place.
Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen began their Olympic regatta in the 49er class. They finished the first race in 13th and then finished the second race in eighth position. They are currently lying 11th overall.
The 470 women also only got one race in today. Australia’s Carrie Smith and Jaime Ryan crossed the line in seventh place tand are currently 11th overall. While in the Laser Radial class, Australia’s Ashley Stoddart is 13th overall after scoring a 24 and 11 in today’s two races.
SWIMMING: Jessica Ashwood put in an outstanding effort to finish fifth in the final of the women’s 800m free, with US giant Katie Ledecky smashing the world record. Ashwood finished at 8:20:32 while the inspiring WR is now 8:04:79. In the 200m back Belinda Hocking has vowed to fight on to finish on a high, closing the final in fifth with a time of 2:08:02. Gold went to another US team member, Maya DiRado who edged out Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu in the final lap.
In the semis Mack Horton qualified fourth fastest for men’s 1500m freestyle, both men’s and women’s medley relay teams qualified for Saturday’s finals plus Cate and Bronte Campbell went through to the one lap dash decider.
TABLE TENNIS: The women's table tennis team of Melissa Tapper, Jian Fang Lay and Sally Zhang were defeated 0-3 (0-3, 0-3, 1-3) by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, whose team included Rio women’s singles bronze medallist Kim Song-I.
WATER POLO: The Australian Men’s Water Polo team suffered a devastating blow in game four of their pool stage, going down to powerhouse Serbia 8-10.
DAY 7 - Medal Tally
MEDALS – 57 Australians have now won 18 medals for Australians
500th MEDAL – Dane-Bird Smith won Australia’s 500th Olympic medal
50th CYCYLING MEDAL – Australia’s Team Pursuit won Australia’s 50th Olympic medal in Cycling.
Medallists – Roll of Honour
Men's Team Pursuit
Men's 20km Walk