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Australia are guaranteed at least one more gold to add to their medal tally on Day 12 of the Tokyo Olympics in another busy schedule of events.
The Australian duo of Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan need only finish the medal race to secure the gold, having established an unassailable lead in the men’s 470.
Elsewhere, Peter Bol will make history in the men’s 800m final at the Tokyo Olympics.
His trainer, Justin Rinaldi, revealed the six-word text message Bol sent him from the Olympic Village.
It was captioned: “I’m not here to make friends.”
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ALSO MAKING WAVES ON THE WATER
Thomas Green and Jean van der Westhuyzen made a serious statement in the 1000m canoe pair.
The Australian duo beat their heat by setting a new Olympic best of 3: 08.773.
This will put them directly in the semi-finals with Germany.
Meanwhile, two more Australians advanced to the semi-finals of the 500m kayak singles.
Alyce Wood finished second in her race to qualify, while Alussa Bull finished third in his.
They will be back on the water Thursday morning to try to qualify for the final.
SPRINTER SUFFERING A HEDGE SHOCKER
Australian Nicholas Hough may have missed an Olympic final, but he can claim to have cleared all the odds and managed to finish.
Hough was slow to come out of blocks and struggled to recover, passing all but one obstacle to finish just 0.3 seconds short of his qualifying time for the 110m race.
“He’s going to be so frustrated. He just couldn’t keep his hip height high because he hit the first hurdle and he kept hitting them, ”Channel 7 commentator Tamsyn Manou said.
“So Nicholas Hough will be a little disappointed with this race, but he is still a semi-finalist at the Olympics.”
Speaking after the race, Hough revealed he was injured in the semifinals.
“I’m happy to be out on the track,” he said.
“I had a sore calf after the heat yesterday. So it was difficult to warm up and I didn’t have a lot of power to start and get over the hurdles.
“It’s great to be here and represent Australia. Amazing to be in my first Olympic semi-final and it fueled the fire to go to the final next time around.
STAR SKATEBOARDER BROKEN IN THE FINAL
Australian skateboarding prospect Poppy Olsen missed out on medals in the women’s park final.
Olsen’s best score in the final was 46.04 in her second set, as she lost control in her first and third sets.
She finished fifth while Sakura Yosozumi won the gold medal with a score of 60.09.
Meanwhile, teenage British sensation Sky Brown snuck into the medals on her final run to take bronze, and the silver went to Kokona Hiraki.
Brown turned down a medal in Japan by beating Misugu Okamoto in fourth place.
DARK HORSE WINS GOLD MEDAL
Women’s golf begins with Minjee Lee and Hannah Green in action.
Lee has become a real medal threat after his decisive victory in Major at the Evian Championship last month.
Lee pared on his first five holes before a near-ace on the sixth par three established a brilliant birdie.
She followed that up with another birdie to get past just two head shots, but gave the shots with back-to-back bogeys on nine and ten to get back to normal.
The 25-year-old was confident as the first round approached, saying she was in one of the best shapes of her life.
“I’m probably in the best place I’ve been in a long time to play with a lot of confidence and freedom,” said the world No.8. ABC Sport.
“I feel pretty good about my game in all areas so I hope to have a chance on Saturday.”
AUSSIE MAKES FIRST STATEMENT IN DECATHLON
Ashley Moloney started early in the men’s decathlon, finishing second in the 100m before registering the third best long jump.
In the third and final round, Moloney clocked a personal best 10.34 seconds before jumping 7.64m.
Canada’s Damian Warner finished first in both events to lead with 2,189 points, while Moloney is second with 1,983 points, just ahead of Pierce LePage with 1,964 points.
Fellow Aussie Cedric Dubler ran 10.89 to finish third in his heat before jumping 7.36m in the long jump, gaining 1785 points.
The competition continues with the shot put at 12:40 p.m. EST.
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AUSSIE IN TEARS AS THE EPIC RETURN OF THE LAST TURN SEALS A STUNNING ‘REDEMPTION’
Kareena Lee became the first Australian, male or female, to win a marathon swimming medal on Wednesday finishing third in the 10k.
Lee was as low as 10th heading into the last lap, but rose to medal spots in the final stages and clinched third place to cap a brilliant career comeback.
After the race, an emotional Lee was seen talking on the phone with her trainer John Rogers while she was in tears.
“She has overcome so much. She struggled with depression. There were times when
she couldn’t even swim 25m in the pool without struggling or stepping out, ”the commentator said.
“It’s a story of redemption. She’s extremely tough and it doesn’t get much better or much harder than Kareena Lee.
Lee had hoped to go to Rio 2016, but a year later collapsed and was hospitalized after a 10km open water race. There she was treated for asthma, dehydration, hypothermia.
As such, she missed that chance five years ago but came back stronger to qualify for Tokyo.
Lee reflected on her journey to the Olympics after the race, saying, “I’m so happy, it’s amazing.
“It’s been a long way … I knew I just had to put my head down and do my best for the next one.”
She added: “Today I was able to hold on. It hurts so, so badly, but you have to think that everyone around you is in pain too and this is the one who can suffer the most and to finish third today is amazing for me.
BOOZY AUSSIE FLIGHT INVESTIGATION
The Australian men’s rugby sevens team and the Olyroos are under investigation over allegations of misconduct on their return flight from Japan.
Rugby Australia and the Australian Olympic Committee have both issued statements following concerns reported by Japan Airlines about the return flight from Tokyo on July 30.
Football Australia has not yet commented.
The allegations related to “drunken behavior” and the mess of the aircraft washrooms.
In a statement, Rugby Australia said it was investigating the events that occurred.
“Rugby Australia has been made aware of incidents involving the Australian Men’s Sevens program after being informed by the Australian Olympic Committee,” the statement said.
“Rugby Australia has opened its own internal investigation into the case based on information provided by the AOC.
Rugby Australia has since apologized to the Australian Olympic Committee, with CEO Matt Carroll calling their behavior “extremely disappointing”.
“Although there were no formal complaints from the airline, unacceptable behavior was brought to our attention and I directly raised the issue with our member sport directors,” said the general manager. of AOC, Matt Carroll.
“It is extremely disappointing, but both rugby and football have told me that such behavior is certainly not acceptable in their sport and have sincerely apologized to the Australian Olympic team.
“The CEOs are committed to taking appropriate action and reporting to us. “
The men’s team of seven lost to Fiji in the quarter-finals, while the Olyroos were unable to get out of the group stage.
AUSSIE IN ACTION ON DAY 12 (AEST)
Marathon – 7:30 a.m.
Female stroke game 1st round – 8:30 a.m.
Decathlon men 100m – 10:08
Men’s 110m hurdles semi-finals – 12:00 p.m.
Men’s decathlon shot put – 12:40 p.m.
Men’s high jump decathlon – 7:30 p.m.
Semi-finals 1500m women – 8:00 p.m.
Women’s steeplechase final – 9:00 p.m.
Men’s 800m Final – 10:05 p.m.
Decathlon men 400m – 22:46
Women’s single canoe 200m series – 11:12
Women’s single kayak 500m series – 11h54
Men’s double kayak 1000m series – 12:22
Women’s 10m platform preliminaries – 4:00 p.m.
Men’s sprint qualification – 4:30 p.m.
Heats of the first round of women’s keirin – 5:30 p.m.
Men’s team pursuit final – 6:59 p.m.
Combined Women, speed qualification – 6:00 p.m.
Women’s combined, bouldering qualification – 7:00 p.m.
Women’s combined, qualifying in the lead – 10:10 p.m.
Women’s Quarter Final, Opals vs USA – 2:40 p.m.
Medal 470 Men – 3:33 p.m.