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July 30th, 2021 10:08 amFresh from 11 medals over the last two days in Tokyo, Australia will be looking to add to its already impressive tally and take another gold in the swimming.Cameron Smith is back in action in the golf, making birdie at the first two holes as he jump-starts his push for the medals. Smith posted an even-par round in favourable conditions in round one, leaving him eight shots off leader Sepp Straka.
But his second round has started in perfect fashion with two birdies in the first three holes, while his Aussie teammate Marc Lieshman will be teeing off later in the morning.Meanwhile, while the Matildas, the Opals and the Sharks will also all be in action in the evening sessions.
Oh, and it’s the start of the athletics, with Aussie interest in the discus, high jump, steeplechase, women’s 800m, women’s 100m, women’s 5,000m and the men’s 10,000m final.It’s going to be a day jam-packed full of action.SWIMMING LIVE:MASSIVE BOOMERS BLOW AFTER FREAK INJURY headtopics.com
Gadiel Notelovitz in TokyoAustralian big man Aron Baynes has been ruled out of the rest of the Olympic Games after sustaining a neck injury in a locker room accident during the Boomers’ win over Italy two days ago.Bayes sustained the damage from a freak fall in a major blow to the Boomers’ medal hopes in Tokyo.
Despite head coach Brian Goorjian playing down concerns post-game on Wednesday, the seriousness of Baynes’ injuries were made clear with his Games campaign over before it really began.Baynes didn’t sustain the injury on-court, but actually in the bathroom after falling and slipping on a wet floor during a locker room visit at the start of the fourth quarter, News Corp understands.
MORE TO COMEBaynes is out of the Tokyo Olympics due to a neck injury.Source: Getty ImagesGREEN LIGHT AFTER COVID SCAREAustralia’s athletics team has been allowed to return to normal routine after a Covid scare sent them into a shock lockdown and isolation on the eve of competition.
The Aussies were forced into lockdown after American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks tested positive for Covid.The 63-strong contingent were confined to their hotel rooms and underwent tests as required under strict Covid-19 protocols in place at the Tokyo Olympics. headtopics.com
It is understood that Australian pole vaulter Kurtis Marschall was the only close contact with Kenricks.The Australian Olympic Commitee issued a short statement on Thursday afternoon.“Members of Australia’s track and field team at the Tokyo Olympic Games are isolating in their rooms as a precautionary measure following news of a COVID positive finding with a member of the US track and field team,” it said.
“Members of the Australian track and field team are now undergoing testing procedures in line with Australian Olympic team protocols.”It was later revealed all Aussies had tested negative and were permitted to resume duties.Zac Stubblety-Cook claims GOLD! | 02:40
GOLDEN GIRL ‘ABSOLUTELY BUGGERED’An “absolutely buggered” Ariarne Titmus has qualified for the women’s 800m freestyle final, despite her great rival Katie Ledecky claiming bragging rights after posting the quickest time of the heats.Double Tokyo Olympic gold medallist Titmus finished second in her heat behind Anastasiia Kirpichnikova, clocking in at 8:18.99, 0.22secs behind the Russian.
Ledecky, who managed to claim a little bit of revenge on Titmus for losing out on two golds already by pipping the Aussies to silver in the 4x200m earlier today, posted the quickest time of the heats with 8:15.67.The American swimming great has already claimed gold in the inaugural women’s 1500m freestyle to break her duck in Tokyo. headtopics.com
Titmus admitted she was “absolutely buggered” after finishing second in her heat, after racing earlier in the day to help Australia win a bronze in the 4x200m freestyle.“I knew I wanted to be under the 8:20 mark to be safe,” she said. “It’s a big day today. I had 1 and a half hours in my room today. I’m absolutely buggered.
“I will swim down quickly and get home. This is probably my toughest backup and it’s not an easy 800 in the morning. This is a really deep field. I knew I had to be tough and swim a solid swim to get through. I think should be fine with that time.“Honestly I’m exhausted. I keep thinking back to Beijing, it was the same as this morning’s heats. Phelps won eight golds. I have done two and I’m wrecked. It puts into perspective for me how amazing he was. I’m going to rest up as much as I can and get ready for my last race at the Olympics.
“I love racing Katie. It is nice to be on my own a little bit. It’s been really good this week. We’ve been getting along really well. We’ve really enjoyed racing each other. I mean, we don’t get to do it often. It’s so fun for us to be able to race. So, I am looking forward to two days’ time.”
Aussie women's rugby thrashes Japan | 00:47MATILDA CONTINUE MEDAL TILTJoe Barton, News CorpAt just 21 years old, Ellie Carpenter is among the youngest members of the Matildas – but looms as their biggest weapon in the hunt for the Olympic medal rounds in Tokyo.
Carpenter was barely 16 years old when she made her Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro, and over the past five years – which have included a move to powerhouse Lyon – she’s become, alongside captain Sam Kerr, Australia’s most indispensable player.She was best on ground as Australia secured a draw with world No.1 the USA to book their quarter-final berth with Great Britain on Friday night (7pm AEST) and will again be the key to shutting down the old rival’s fearsome attack at Ibaraki Kashima Stadium.
Despite her youth, Carpenter – who has been a rock in defence and a pivotal cog in sparking counter-attacks – is very much a senior player in this team.“I actually do, a little bit, to be honest. It feels weird. I don’t feel like I’m 21. I do, but then I don’t,” she told News Corp.
“Definitely in these past five years I’ve grown so much as a player and off the field as well. For me, I feel like I can bring so much to this team and help them and I just want to keep doing that and be the best I can be.“Now I have a lot of contribution and I want to keep helping them. I do feel like I’m a bit of a senior player, and helping the younger players come in even though they’re not that much younger than me”.
The match will also feature a showdown between Chelsea teammates Kerr and Great Britain’s Fran Kirby. The pair formed a dangerous partnership that delivered Chelsea a second successive Women’s Super League title this year.AUSSIE KICKS OFF 100MScott Gullan, News Corp
There may be uncertainty around the post-Bolt era for the men but there are a couple of certainties about the race to be the fastest woman in the world.And they both centre around double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.The 34-year-old is the hot favourite to win the women‘s 100m and match compatriot Usain Bolt with a third Olympic gold in the blue-riband event.
Thirteen years after her triumph in Beijing, and after taking time out to have a bag, Fraser-Pryce arrives in Tokyo on the back of an astonishing 10.63sec run.It is the fastest time in more than three decades - topped only by the late Florence Griffith Joyner - with the performance in June even surprising Fraser-Pryce.
“I never expected I would run 10.6,” she said. “Because 10.6 has been a dream, a goal, I’ve been working so hard, being so patient to see it finally unfold. I’m so ecstatic.”Britain‘s 200m world champion Dina Asher-Smith is a major threat after finishing second at the 2019 world championships behind Fraser-Pryce.
Australia will be represented by Olympic debutant Hanna Basic who burst onto the scene this season clocking 11.18sec, the fourth fastest time by an Australian.AUSSIES IN ACTION ON DAY 7GOLF:8.30am – Men’s stroke play (Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith)SHOOTING
10am - 25m Pistol Women’s qualifying (Elena Galiabovitch)ATHLETICS:10.15am – Men’s high jump qualifying (Brandon Starc)10.45am – Men’s discus qualifying10.47am – Men’s steeplechase heats (Matt Clarke)11.25am – Women’s 800m heats1.15pm – Women’s 100m heats (Hana Basic)
8.00pm – Women’s 5000m heats9.30pm – Men’s 10,000m final (Patrick Tiernan) Read more: FOX SPORTS Australia »
Foran reflects: The making of Manly's 2011 premiership
For the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, the 2011 premiership was the culmination of a five-year period at the top for Des Hasler's team. The mix of seasoned veterans and an injection of youth proved too much for their opposition, with the club claming the eighth premiership in their history. One of those youngsters was five-eighth Kieran Foran, who reflects on the 2011 title in a special feature for NRL.com
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