What a start

Published 9 August 2016 (AEDT)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 07: Bronze medalists Anabelle Smith and Maddison Keeney of Australia pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's Diving Synchronised 3m Springboard Final on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. © 2016 Getty Images

“What a start we’ve had after two days.”

Those were the words of Australian Olympic Team Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller this morning as she was joined by some of Australia’s latest medallists.

Heading into Day 3 of competition, Australia sits third on the medal tally with six medals.

“Another medal was added to the tally last night with the men’s 4x100 relay team grabbing bronze in a very strong race,” Chiller said.

But the focus was on the girls.

Newest golden girl Catherine Skinner secured a gold in the women’s shotgun trap.

“It’s the second gold medal ever by a female Australian shooter in the Olympic Games,” Chiller beamed.

“It’s kind of normal to miss a few targets,” admitted Skinner.

“It’s just a matter of minimising the damage and holding on.

“Even on the day I didn’t think a gold medal was in my grasp. Even now it still doesn’t quite feel real.”

Divers Anabelle Smith and Maddison Keeney bagged bronze in the 3m synchronised springboard.

“To come away with bronze, it’s unreal and a really proud moment for both of us,” said Smith.

The bond between the diving duo is obvious.

“Having Anabelle by my side is the best,” added Keeney.

“She’s like my rock and when she’s next to me I feel more confident in myself. I’m so proud of her and everything that we’ve done together.”

“Let me tell you I’m very lucky to be able to do synchro with Maddie,” said Smith.

“It’s a privilege for me to be able to dive synchro with her.

“We complement each other very well.”

When asked about how it feels to be a medallist, Keeney glowed.

“It still doesn’t really feel real. This is the Olympic Games. This is unreal. I still feel like I’m dreaming. I always touch the medal to feel that it’s real, it’s here. I just can’t believe it.”

Australia is hoping to add to its strong medal tally today. Chiller believes it’s the women’s rugby sevens who are our hope of the day.

“I watched their match against the US and that was a tough game,” said Chiller.

“They are a great bunch of girls. Their preparation has been flawless. They’ve added so much to the broader Team.”

And when it comes to describing Team momentum, Chiller dropped some Aussie vernacular.

“Pretty bloody good,” smiled Chiller.


Sophie Onikul


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