Tokyo 2020: Australian Recap – Tuesday August 3

Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar are into the semi finals.
Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar are into the semi finals. Image: Australian Olympic Team / Twitter

A mix of sports on Day 11 of Tokyo 2020 saw the Australian athletes compete to advance in the next stages of their sport as well as medal matches. Keep up to date with all the happenings at Tokyo 2020 through The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and Olympic Central.

Basketball – Boomers qualify for the Semi-Final

After a shaky start, Australia has progressed to the Semi-Final of the Men’s Basketball with a convincing win over Argentina, 97-59.

The Boomers’ dominant second half performance will have them face Team USA, who will play it out for a spot in the Gold Medal Game.

The matchup against Argentina was dubbed their hardest so far, with the Boomers facing off against an expected medal favourite.

You can read The Inner Sanctum’s recap here.

Beach Volleyball

It went to the third set, but Australian pair Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy held strong to take a 2-1 win over Canada in the Beach Volleyball.

Australia’s win was a massive upset, defeating World Champions Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes, who in Tokyo hadn’t dropped a set.

Hockeyroos hope for Gold

The Kookaburras are through to the Gold Medal Final against Belgium after a 3-1 victory over Germany in tonight’s Semi-Final.

The two sides were locked at 1-1 at the first quarter break, before Australia extended its lead 2-1 in the second half. A goalless third quarter to other teams set up an exciting fourth where it could still have been either side’s game to win.

Australia scored its final goal in the fourth quarter and will now face Belgium on Thursday for the gold medal.

It is the first time since 2004 that the Kookaburras have made an Olympic Final.

You can read The Inner Sanctum’s recap here.

Harry Garside advances to medal rounds

Harry Garside continues his hunt for Olympic gold, but nevertheless is guaranteed a medal, after winning his Lightweight Quarter-Final bout against Zakir Safiullin (KAZ) by split points, 3-2.

He will face Andy Cruz of Cuba in the Semi-Final on Friday at 3:45pm. If he wins, he goes through to the Gold Medal match, and if he loses, he takes home Bronze.

History for Men’s Artistic Gymnastics

Tyson Bull made history as Australia’s first Men’s Artistic Gymnastics finalist. Besides from a mid routine fall, little went wrong for Bull and finished with a score of 12.466.

Overall, he finished in fifth for the evening, making him the most successful male in the High Bar at the Olympics.

Athletics

Running towards the Semi-Final: Oliver Hoare qualified for the Men’s 1500m Semi-Final, after finishing Heat 1 of Round 1 in third place with a time of 3:36.09.

Stewart McSweyn competed in the third heart and booked himself a Semi-Final spot with a run time of 3:36.39.

Jye Edwards competed in Heat 2 of Round 1 for the Men’s 1500m, but unfortunately finished with a time of 3:42.62, and did not qualify for the Semi-Finals.

A trio of female Javelin finalists: In the Women’s Javelin Throw event, Mackenzie Little competed in Group A and threw a personal best of 62.37m. Little finished second overall with her distance and qualified for the Final.

In Group B, Kelsey-Lee Barber and Kathryn Mitchell also finished among the 12 best competitors across the groups, with throws of 62.59 and 61.85m.

The Women’s Javelin Final will take place on Friday August 6 at 9:50pm.

Other Athletics results: Kurtis Marschall missed all three attempts of the 5.55 starting height in the Pole Vault Final, making his night come to an early close.

Brooke Stratton finished seventh overall in the Long Jump Final.

The Inner Sanctum‘s full recap of the day of Athletics is here.

Canoe Sprint

Thomas Green progressed through to the Canoe Sprint Men’s Kayak Single 1000m Final A after finishing third in the Semi-Final with a time of 3:24.612. Jean van der Westhuyzen competed in the same Semi-Final and had a time of 3:28.27 which saw him progress to Final B.

Green finished in seventh place in the Final A later on in the day, while van der Westhuyzen finished third in Final B.

Another A-Final was secured, this time by the Women’s Kayak Double 500m’s duo Alyssa Bull and Alyce Wood who competed in Semi-Final 2 and finished with a time of 1:37.109.

Jamie Roberts and Jo Brigden-Jones qualified for Final B with a time of 1:42.092 and went on to finish in fifth.

Sailing duo ahead of the fleet

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan have all but secured golf in the Men’s 470. The pair finished first, 20 points clear, in the final preliminary race.

This means as long as disqualification or penalty is avoided in tomorrow’s medal race, they will win gold.

In other sailing news, Jake Lilly finished the Medal Race in third place, positioning him seventh overall.

Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin raced for a medal in the Medal Race of the Nacra 17. They finished ninth in the race, concluding their Olympics with an overall fifth place.

Weightlifting

In his Olympic debut, Matthew Lydement competed in Final B of the Men’s 109kg Weightlifting. After the Snatch, Lydement finished in third place with a lift of 158kg.

He was less successful in the Clean and Jerk, failing to stand on his second and third attempts and finished with a total of 338kg lifting, placing him fourth overall in the Final B.

Water Polo – Aussies stung by ROC

After trailing for the entire match the Women’s Water Polo fell to defeat by the ROC by a single point, 9-8, in tonight’s Quarter-Final. The Stingers struggled to take advantage of many of their chances, and ultimately felt the effects of it.

The Inner Sanctum‘s full recap is here.

Artistic Swimming

Unfortunately, Australian pair Emily Rogers and Amie Thompson will not progress to the Final of the Artistic Swimming after a combined score of 151.9010 for their free and technical routine, placing them in 20th position.

Tonight, they performed to Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones which earned them a 75.5343 in their technical routine.

Sports Climbing

Sports Climbing made its debut at Tokyo 2020 this evening, which began with Tom O’Halloran in the qualifying round.

He finished with a time of 7.34 in the speed climbing. However, he struggled in the bouldering discipline and dropped down to last place with a score of 37.50. In the final discipline, lead climbing, he performed much better, despite the difficulty of the leg.

O’Halloran finished 20th overall, meaning he will not progress further.

Equestrian

No luck for the Australian Equestrian Jumping athletes in the Qualifiers tonight, who were all unable to finish in the top 30 to progress to the final of the event.

Edwina Tops-Alexander finished in equal 31st, while Katie Laurie retired.

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