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Super Saturday - Day 8 Preview

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Ariarne Titmus and Katie Ledecky

The start of the middle weekend of the Games will see Australians in action in 17 sports on Saturday. Australians will be contending for medals in Archery, Athletics, Gymnastics – Trampoline, Shooting, Swimming, Tennis and Triathlon. New events being contested include the Shooting Trap Mixed Team event, the Triathlon Mixed Team Relay and BMX Freestyle, where the seeding events will take place.


Rio Olympic Team bronze medallist Taylor Worth will continue his Individual Elimination Match Play. He will take on Turkey's Mete Gazoz in the 1/16 round at 10:20am AEST. Worth will need to beat three different competitors to win a medal. 


On Day 2 of Athletics at the Olympic Games, day nine of action from Tokyo 2020, with nine Australians to take to the field of play across the two sessions of heats and finals. Matt Denny will throw in the discus final in the evening session at 9:15pm AEST.  

In the morning session from 10am to 1:30pm AEST athletes include Kurtis Marschall (pole vault), Sarah Carli in (400m hurdles), Liz Clay (100m hurdles) and the trio of Peter Bol, Jeff Riseley and Charlie Hunter in the heats of the men's 800m.  

Joining Denny in the evening session will be Rohan Browing in the 100m heats and Henry Frayne in long jump qualifying. 


The Boomers have a tough match-up with Germany for their third and final Pool B clash. The Australians have won their first two games, which involved a narrow win over Italy. Germany had a close loss to the Italians, which shows how close this clash could be, and a high scoring close win over Nigeria. Action starts at 6:20pm AEST. 


Victorian lightweight Harry Garside, 24, is the last Aussie boxer standing and will fight on Saturday in the round of 16 against world No.2 Jonas Jonas of Namibia. They have never fought a man but they have seen each other compete often at the past two Commonwealth Games. The Men's Light bout takes place at 7:35pm AEST.   

Cycling – BMX Freestyle 

World Champion Logan Martin and three-time National Champion Natalya Diehm will lead the Australian charge as BMX freestyle makes its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.     

Described as the ‘gymnastics of extreme sports', BMX freestyle is an exciting action sport in which competitors perform stunts and tricks on a variety of obstacles including box jumps, hips, spines and quarter pipes. Seeding runs will be held in Saturday from 11:10am AEST, with the medals decided in Sunday. 


Olympic bronze medallist Anabelle Smith and teammate Esther Qin at her second Games will dive in the semi-finals of the 3metre springboard from 4:00pm (AEST). Smith just progressed from the heats in 16th and Qin was 9th. Scores will start from zero in the semi-final with the top 12 athletes progressing to the final on Sunday. 


Olympic legend Andrew Hoy riding Vassily de Lassos will take to the dressage arena at 10:45am AEST Saturday. On Friday the first two Australian Eventing Team combinations, Shane Rose riding Virgil and Kevin McNab riding Don Quidam completed their dressage tests today at Baji Koen Equestrian Park. 

Rose and McNab achieved a combined Team score of 63.80, putting Australia in 10th position after day one.  In the Individual competition Rose is currently ranked 17th with a score of 31.70, while McNab is ranked 18th on a score of 32.10.  


Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith will play their third rounds of the Tokyo 2020 Golf Tournament. Smith shot a brilliant four-under par 67 in the second round that could have been so much better. American Xander Schauffele leads at 11 under par, which leaves Smith (four under in a tie for 20th place) seven shots from the top of the leaderboard entering the weekend. Leishman endured a struggle at Kasumigaseki today, and he is tied-51st in the 60-player field at one over par with a putt for birdie at the 17th hole and another hole to complete of his second round when the players come back first-thing tomorrow. 


The Hockeyroos are undefeated in the Tokyo2020 Tournament and and prior to the quarter-finals, they will take on South American powerhouse Argentina in their final pool match on Saturday at 12:45pm AEST. 

Argentina sits in second place in Pool B with wins over Japan (2-1), China (3-2) and Spain (3-0). Their solitary loss came against New Zealand (3-0) who the Hockeyroos beat 1-0.  

Rugby Sevens 

Australia will face the Russian Olympic Committee at 11am AEST on Saturday July 31 in the placing match for 5-8. The defending champions fell 12-14 to Fiji in the quarter-final and to the USA earlier in the day by the same score to end their medal chance for Tokyo 2020. The Australian Women's Seven Team will be looking to close out their campaign with two wins. 


Three Australian boats out in a crucial day of competition on Saturday. The action will be headlined by Rio silver medallists Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin, who are currently sitting in 5th place in their fleet. They have three races on Saturday, and will be looking for consistent, strong performances to nudge up the ladder.    

Victorian brothers Will and Sam Phillips will be hoping to use their last two races of competition to move up the rankings and into the top 10 qualifiers for next week's medal race. Queenslander Jake Lilley is also looking to secure his place in the top 10 of the Finn class – he's currently in 8th position after six races. Racing gets underway from 1pm AEST. 


The Mixed Trap Teams is a new Olympic event and Australia will field two of the strongest pairings in James Willett and Laetisha Scanlan, plus Tom Grice and Penny Smith.    

The teams are set to bounce back from the disappointment of missing medals in the individual men's and women's Trap events. There are 16 Mixed Teams contesting the event.  

The Mixed Teams qualifying is conducted over three rounds of 25 targets. The top two qualifying Teams will proceed to the gold medal match with the third and fourth highest scoring teams meeting in the bronze medal match. Mixed Team Qualifying starts at 10:00am AEST.   

Australia's other Shooting athlete in action Saturday is South Australia's Katarina Kowplos, who will contest the women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions. Kowplos, 19, has prepared for the event having contested the women's 10m Air Rifle and the Mixed 10m Air Rifle Teams events. Action starts at 1pm AEST. 


Another huge day for the Australian Swimming Team. The Dolphins will be competing in four finals from 11:30am AEST.  

Matthew Temple will be up first in the 100m Butterfly Final, he is the sixth fastest qualifier and a bronze medallist from the 4x100m relay at these Games.  

Emily Seebohm qualified fastest for the Women's 200m Backstroke Final and is looking for her first Olympic medal in this event. Kaylee McKeown, the 100m world record holder and Olympic champion qualified third fastest.  

The women's 800m Freestyle Final is billed as another showdown between Ariarne Titmus and American great Katie Ledecky. Titmus has won the 200m and 400m at these Games, while Ledecky is the world record holder. Ledecky swims from 4, Titmus from 7 and Australian Kiah Melverton, who was sixth in the 1500m swims from lane 1. 

Australia will be in the hunt for another medal in the hotly contested Mixed 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final. This is the first time this event will be held at the Games. 

Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell will look to secure a middle lane in the 50m freestyle final after winning gold and bronze respectively in the 100m and great swims in the 50m heats.  


Ash Barty and John Peers will play for the bronze medal in the mixed doubles on Saturday. The Australians went so close to making the gold medal match but fell in the deciding set against the no.4 seeds, Russian Olympic Committee, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Andrey Rublev. Barty and Peers will need to beat Serbia's Stojanovic/Djokovic to claim the medal.  

This is already Australia's best result in this event, and a medal would be Australia's first tennis medal at the Olympics since Athens 2004 where Alicia Molik won singles bronze.  The match will be the second on Court 1 from 4pm AEST. 

Trampoline Gymnastics 

Dominic Clarke will be making his Olympic debut in the Men's individual Trampoline event, with 16 athletes going into a qualification round aiming for a spot in the top eight who will then compete in the final only hours later. The qualification will consist of a compulsory and options jump, where athletes will perform a routine. The scores are then added together to determine their final ranking.    

Clark earned his Olympic spot through the World Cup Circuit and secured his qualification in early June 2021. Australia has not won an Olympic medal in Men's Trampoline since Ji Wallace won silver at Sydney 2000. Qualification gets underway at 2:pm AEST. 


Australia will be chasing a historic medal when the Triathlon mixed relay makes its Olympic debut on Saturday at Odaiba Marine Park.  

A fast, tactical and action-packed event that will feature 17 nations competing in the inaugural race, teams comprise four athletes. Each competitor starts with a 300m swim, transitioning into a 6.8km bike leg and finishing with a 2km run.  The Australian team will be made up of two men and two women from Ashleigh Gentle, Jez Hedgeland, Emma Jeffcoat, Jake Birtwhistle, Matt Hauser and Aaron Royle. Racing gets underway from 8:30am AEST at Odaiba Marine Park 

Water Polo 

The Aussie Sharks have suffered two losses and a great win over Croatia at these Games, and they need a win over Spain to keep their campaign on track. It is going to be a big ask as Spain have one all three of their games. But the Sharks showed against Croatia and at time against Serbia that the can cause an upset. Action at Tatsumi Water Polo Centre from 12:30pm AEST. 

Andrew Reid

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