Before the Opening Ceremony got underway on day 0, the archery and rowing events commenced, with the Australian men doing everything right to better their medal odds in rowing. For all your Tokyo 2020 coverage, stay tuned to The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and the Olympics Central.
Aussies quiver in archery ranking rounds
Archery began on Friday morning at Yumenoshima Park with the men’s and women’s individual ranking rounds .
Australia’s only women’s entry Alice Ingley placed 57 out of 64 entrants with a score of 616 and is set to face the eighth-placed Russian Ksenia Perova on 29 July in the Round of 64.
Her mixed team partner, Taylor Worth was ranked 39th with 651 points. Together, they’ve accumulated 1267 points and finished 25th, missing the cut for the mixed team 1/8 eliminations match by nine places.
However, the Australian men’s team has made the 1/8 eliminations, with Ryan Tyack finishing earning a score of 650 to rank 42nd, while David Barnes placed 50th, scoring 648. Overall, they finished with an aggregate total of 1949 to finish 11th out of 12, and will face off against Chinese Taipei (6th – 1985) on 26 July.
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Aussie quartet qualifies for rowing medal final
The rowing events started this morning at Sea Forest Waterway, with Australia participating in the women’s Double Sculls and Quad Sculls, and the men’s Quad Sculls.
The men’s Quad Sculls team avoided the repêchage, placing in the top two and holding off Great Britain to advance to the medal final, recording a time of 5.41.54.
Will Jack Cleary, Caleb Antill, Cameron Girdlestone and Luke Letcher be able to repeat similar success to Rio? Tune in on Tuesday July 27 to find out.
In the women’s double sculls, Amanda Bateman and Tara Rigney took out third place to qualify for the semi finals. They recorded a time of 6.53.30, which was one of the quicker overall times for the day.
Unfortunately, the women’s Quad Sculls boat didn’t have the same luck. They finished in fourth with a time of 6.26.21 and two places short to miss out on a place in the medal final. However, the Olympic dream isn’t over for Ria Thompson, Rowena Meredith, Harriett Hudson and Caitlin Cronin, as they have another chance to make the medal final in the repêchage on 25 July.
To make the medal final, they will have to place first or second, otherwise, they will participate in the B Final to receive a final ranking.
Tops-Alexander and Laurie to compete individually in equestrian jumping
The Australian Olympic Committee made the decision to have Edwina Tops-Alexander and Katie Laurie compete in the individual jumping tournament in Tokyo after Jamie Kermond was deselected following a positive doping test.
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Tomorrow marks the first full day of competition, and Australian athletes will be competing in events throughout the day.
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