The quadrennial sporting extravaganza that is the Olympic Games is in full swing and we have a week already in the History Books. Welcome to our second Wednesday Wrap as we take a look at Days 10 & 11 of action from Rio.
Cousin’s Lisa Darmanin and Jason Waterhouse sailed away with the silver medal in the Nacra 17 sailing event. Going into the Medal Race they sat in fourth place but a strong showing in that race saw them fall a single point off Gold.
Tom Burton went into the Medal Race of the Laser class assured of a medal but needed something akin to a miracle to claim the gold. Needing to put five places between himself and Croatian Tonci Stipanovic in the nine person race, Burton gave himself hope by crossing the line third. He then had to wait and hope, when Stipanovic finished ninth, Burton’s miracle was complete and he could celebrate Gold.
Quarter Finals have been disastrous for our teams:
The Hockeyroos followed the Kookaburras exit at the Quarter Final stage with their own shock loss at the hands of New Zealand 4-2.
Our Women’s Water Polo team the Stingers’ competition ended in the same manner as the Matildas with the heartbreak of a penalty shoot-out after drawing their Quarter Final.
The Opals, considered a certainty to medal, fell to Serbia 73-71 in one of the Olympics’ biggest boilovers.
Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas won a dramatic 400m Final in a finish that will be debated for years to come.
The Bahaman pipped American Allyson Felix with what appeared to be a last ditch dive for the line.
The move has started much debate as to whether such a move should be allowed.
Whatever your view, Miller has the Gold and we have an Olympic moment we won’t soon forget.
With 4 minutes to play and 2-0 up over Germany in their Quarter Final, New Zealand’s men’s hockey team The Blacksticks, could be forgiven for letting their minds wander towards the Semi Finals and playing for medals. What followed was as extraordinary as it must have been heartbreaking for the Blacksticks. The German’s facing elimination threw caution to the wind and were able to find three goals in the last moments and stole the semi-final berth right from the Kiwi’s grasp. Sport can be cruel.
Biggest Dummy Spit
Some people are just jerks
Egypt Judoka Islam El Shehaby refused to shake hands with his Israeli opponent Or Sasson after losing his first round bout.
After refusing his opponents proffered hand, El Shahaby stormed off the mat without completing the customary bow either.
The referee called him back to the mat where he offered a quick nod and left again, to resounding boos.
What was that about?
American swimmer Ryan Lochte made worrying claims that he and three team mates were robbed at gun point by men purporting to be policemen.
IOC Spokesman Mark Adams quickly refuted the claims declaring them “absolutely not true”.
US Olympic Committee (USOC) then refuted this in a statement confirming Lochte’s claims.
In response to claims that the IOC were implementing a ham-fisted cover up, Adams, clearly frustrated, responded “People asked me to give them an update, I contacted the USOC, they told me the story was not correct. I responded it was not correct.”
What a positively amateur response to a chilling claim by an Olympic athlete.
Brazil’s synchronised diving pair have vowed to never dive together again. The break up was not as a result of the pair’s performance in the 10m event which was deemed ‘pathetic’ by the local press, but a dispute in the Olympic Village. The pair shared a room in the Village, which Ingrid Oliveira allegedly kicked Giovanna Pedroso out of, to spend an evening with male competitior Pedro Goncalves. Something Pedroso did not take too kindly leading to the end of their partnership.
The women’s basketball Quarter Finals saw what appeared to be a massive miss match when the world’s number 2 ranked team our Opals, undefeated in this tournament, took on Serbia who could only manage two wins from their five group games. The Opals looked to be in control throughout the match but at no point put a space between them and their rivals. This wastefulness came back to bite them when the Serbs caught fire taking the lead late and not being headed, dumping the Australians out of the competition 73-71.
Best Meme’s and Tweets
Although there have been many memes created from this image, I believe the undoctored image is worth celebrating, not really a meme so much as an extraordinary illustration of greatness.
Abbey D’Agostino. The American 5,000m runner reminded everyone of the Olympic Spirit in the heats of her event.
New Zealander Nikki Hamblin fell mid-race accidently bringing D’Agostino down with her.
The American was able to regain her feet but instead of re-joining the race she turned around and helped the fallen Hamblin regain her feet before continuing.
After the race Hamblin was effusive in her praise for D’Agostino “I’ve never met this girl before, and isn’t that just so amazing, such an amazing woman. Regardless of the race and result on the board, that’s a moment that you’re never ever going to forget for the rest of your life, that girl shaking my shoulder, like ‘Come on, get up’.”
I’m not going to pretend that I know what does or doesn’t help a man run at his absolute best, but I listen when the fastest man who ever lived makes comment on the matter.
Usain Bolt and his fellow competitors slammed organisers for the extremely short turn-around time between the 100m Semi Finals and Final and pointed to this as a reason for the slow times in the final.
Rather than the usual two hour twenty minutes between them, as has been the case at previous Olympics, in Rio there was only one hour twenty minutes. “So we didn’t get any time to rest, to put our feet up and get the lactic (acid) out. We had to come right back out. It’s challenging but this is what we train for” the Jamaican said.
The results appear to bear this out with Bolt’s winning time of 9.81 in the final only being fractionally faster than the 9.86 he ran in the Semi Finals.
MEDAL TALLY AFTER DAY 11
|Mack Horton – 400m Freestyle||Maddi Groves – 200m Butterfly||Men’s Team Archery|
|Women’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay||Women’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay||Keeney/Smith – Sync. 3m Springboard|
|Catherine Skinner – Women’s Trap||Men’s Quadruple Sculls||Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay|
|Women’s Rugby||Mitch Larkin – 200m Backstroke||Equestrian Eventing Team|
|Kyle Chalmers – 100m Freestyle||Men’s Cycling Team Pursuit||Emma McKeon – 200m Freestyle|
|Kim Brennan – Single Sculls||Men’s Four Rowing||Jessica Fox – K1 Canoe Slalom|
|Tom Burton – Laser Sailing Race||Women’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay||Dane Bird-Smith – 20km Walk|
|Mixed Nacra 17 Sailing||Anna Meares – Keirin|
|Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay|
Men’s 1500m Round 1 – Heat 1: Ryan Gregdon 2nd
Men’s 1500m Round 1 – Heat 3: Luke Matthews 12th
Men’s 200m Round 1 – Heat 6: Alex Hartmann 5th
Men’s High Jump Final: Brandon Starc 15th
Women’s 100m Hurdles Round 1 – Heat 2: Michelle Jenneke 6th
Women’s 200m Round 1 – Heat 7: Ella Nelson 2nd
Women’s 200m Semi Final: Ella Nelson 3rd
Women’s 3000m Steeplechase Final: Madeline Hills 7th, Gen LaCaze 9th
Women’s 400m Hurdles Round 1 – Heat 5: Lauren Wells 4th
Women’s 400m Hurdles Semi Final 3: Lauren Wells 7th
Women’s 5000m Round 1 – Heat 1: Madeline Hills 6th
Women’s 5000m Round 1 – Heat 2: Eloise Wellings 6th, Gen LaCaze 7th
Women’s Discus Throw Qualifying Round A: Dani Samuels 2nd
Women’s Discus Throw Final: Dani Samuels 4th
Women’s Javelin Throw Qualifying Round – Group A: Kim Mickie 12th
Women’s Javelin Throw Qualifying Round – Group B: Kathryn Mitchell 5th, Kelsey-Lee Roberts 13th
Women’s Long Jump Qualifying Round – Group A: Chelsea Jaensch 10th
Women’s Long Jump Qualifying Round – Group B: Brooke Stratton 4th
Women’s Pole Vault Qualifying Round – Group A: Alana Boyd 5th
Women’s Quarter Final: Opals def by Serbia 71-73
Men’s Canoe Single 1000m Heat 1: Martin Marinov 6th
Men’s Canoe Single 1000m Semi Final 1: Martin Marinov 7th
Men’s Canoe Single 1000m Final B: Martin Marinov 7th
Men’s Kayak Single 1000m Heat 2: Murray Stewart 2nd
Men’s Kayak Single 1000m Semi Final 1: Murray Stewart 1st
Men’s Kayak Single 1000m Final A: Murray Stewart 4th
Women’s Kayak Double 500m Heat 1: Bull/Burnett 7th
Women’s Kayak Double 500m Semi Final 1: Bull/Burnett 3rd
Women’s Kayak Double 500m Final A: Bull/Burnett 8th
Men’s Keirin First Round – Heat 1: Patrick Constable 5th
Men’s Keirin First Round – Heat 2: Matt Glaetzner 2nd
Men’s Keirin First Round Repechages – Heat 3: Patrick Constable 5th
Men’s Keirin Second Round – Heat 1: Matt Glaetzner 4th
Men’s Keirin Finals 7-12: Matt Glatzner 10th
Men’s Omnium Time Trial 4/6: Glenn O’Shea 14th
Men’s Omnium Flying Lap 5/6: Glenn O’Shea 6th
Men’s Omnium Points Race 6/6: Glenn O’Shea 14th
Women’s Omnium Scratch Race 1/6: Annette Edmondson 6th
Women’s Omnium Individual Pursuit 2/6: Annette Edmondson 7th
Women’s Omnium Elimination Race 3/6: Annette Edmondson 5th
Women’s Omnium Time Trial 4/6: Annette Edmondson 1st
Women’s Omnium Flying Lap 5/6: Annette Edmondson 2nd
Women’s Omnium Points Race 6/6: Annette Edmondson 16th
Women’s Sprint Round of 16 Finals – Heat 3: Anna Meares (Aus) def by Wai Sze Lee (Hkg)
Women’s Sprint Round of 16 Repechages – Heat 2: Anna Meares 2nd
Women’s Sprint Race for 9th-12th: Anna Meares 10th
Men’s 3m Springboard Preliminary: Grant Nel 16th, Kevin Chavez 26th
Men’s 3m Springboard Semi Final: Grant Nel 15th
Jumping Individual 2nd Qualifier: Edwina Tops-Alexander 26th, Matt Willians 30th, James Paterson-Robinson 53rd
Jumping Team Round 1: Australia 13th
Women’s Quarter Final: Hockeyroos def by New Zealand 2-4
Men’s One Person Dinghy – Laser – Medal Race: Tom Burton 3rd
Men’s One Person Dinghy – Laser – Final Standings: Tom Burton GOLD
Men’s One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) Finn – Medal Race – Jake Lilley 5th
Men’s One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) Finn – Final Standings – Jake Lilley 8th
Men’s Skiff – 49er – Races 7-12: Outteridge/Jensen 4th, 5th, 8th, 2nd, 7th, 7th
Men’s Two Person Dinghy – 470 – Races 8-10: Belcher/Ryan 7th, 1st, 7th
Mixed Multihull – Nacra 17 – Medal Race: Waterhouse/Darmanin 2nd
Mixed Multihull – Nacra 17 – Final Standing: Waterhouse/Darmanin SILVER
Women’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial – Medal Race – Ashley Stoddart 2nd
Women’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial – Final Standings – Ashley Stoddart 9th
Women’s Two Person Dinghy – 470 – Races 8-10: Smith/Ryan 15th, 17th, 12th
Men’s 10km Open Water Swim: Jarrod Poort 21st
Women’s 10km Open Water Swim: Chelsea Lea Gubecka 15th
Duets Technical Routine: Pablo/Stackpole 24th
Women’s Quarter Final: Stingers Def by Hungary
Men’s Greco-Roman 130kg Round of 16: Ivan Popov (Aus) def by Johan Magnus Euren (Swe)