It’s more gold for Australia with some positive results coming from day three of the Rio Olympics.
The China versus Mack Horton gaffe is getting out of hand as media outlets scramble to put down either Horton or his rival Sun Yang. It’s time to hang up the gloves and let the swimmers do the talking in the pool. Speaking of the pool, no medals came about today for the Aussies, with Mitch Larkin missing out on bronze in the men’s 100m backstroke by three milliseconds. On a lighter note, Australia won a historic gold in the women’s rugby sevens, and the Equestrian team are poised for double gold.
Australia wins first ever sevens gold
In the first ever rugby sevens event at the Olympics, it only seemed fitting that it came down to a battle with our trans-Tasman rivals. Australia beat New Zealand 24-17 for the gold in what initially was a nervy encounter early on in the match. Our Aussies recovered from their early mistakes to hit back with four tries over the two halves. A couple of late tries to the Kiwis weren’t enough to steal the gold from Australia and It’s safe to say our girls will be celebrating long into the night. Canada took out the bronze after a 33-10 rout of Great Britain.
— AUS Olympic Team (@AUSOlympicTeam) August 8, 2016
Boomers make Aussie Olympic History
For the first time ever, the Aussie basketball team have won both their opening matches of the Olympics, downing Serbia 95-80 in a tight final quarter. The strong start should give the boys a much needed confidence boost as they prepare to face the United States next, which is gearing up to be one hell of a match. America is also 2-0 up but that’s hardly a surprise given the talent they have.
Hockeyroos struggle for success
The Hockeyroos went down 2-1 to USA in what is a disappointing start to their Olympics campaign following a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Great Britain. Kathryn Slattery scored the one goal for Australia in the encounter. The Hockeyroos need to start notching up wins or they could find themselves knocked out of the campaign, a less than ideal situation for one of the worlds best field hockey sides.
Aussie men’s water polo team plays out tense draw
A 9-9 draw with Hungary got intense as Australian centre-back George Ford clashed with Hungarian Forward Balazs Harai on full-time, and it was no tame splashing match, as players rushed to separate the two as they lashed out at each other. The draw places Australia fifth in their group and keeps their campaign alive.
Melissa Hoskins cleared of serious injury
Australian team pursuit cyclist Melissa Hoskins has thankfully avoided any severe injuries following a nasty crash during training at the Olympic velodrome involving fellow riders Ashlee Ankudinoff, Georgia Baker and Amy Cure. Everyone aside from Hoskins was able to walk away from the crash and it’s expected that she’ll recover in time for the team pursuit event in four days time.
Training crash update: Everyone is OK! Bruised, battered but OK 👍thanks for all the supportive messages!
— Annette Edmondson (@NettieEdmo) August 8, 2016
Australia poised for equestrian double gold
With only one round left in the eventing Australia lead in both the individual and team events, Chris Burton holding a tight lead over Germany’s Michael Jung in the individual rankings 37.60 to 40.90 and in the teams Australia are ahead of New Zealand 150.30 to 154.80. The medals will be decided tomorrow by the show jumping event.
French gymnast begins the road to recovery
The unfortunate French gymnast who snapped his leg in gruesome fashion during the vault, Samir Ait Said, is already beginning to recover in Rio’s Vitoria Barra hospital, managing to walk on his injured leg with the help of a walking frame. It’s hard to believe it was only a few days ago that he suffered the awful injury.
— FIG (@gymnastics) August 7, 2016
Olympic athletes really are superhuman. – Matthew Buchanan
Top image of the Olympic rings from the Olympic organisation’s Twitter page.