Aussies Buoyed by Golden Talent Pool

The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia), August 6, 2015 | Go to article overview

Aussies Buoyed by Golden Talent Pool


Byline: APN SPORTS BUREAU

RIO FACT FILE

Opening ceremony is on Friday, August 5, 2016

The Games will finish on Sunday, August 21

306 medal events will be contested across 28 sports

10,500 athletes from 206 countries are expected to take part

Australia expects to send between 460-470 athletes

The new sports since London are golf and rugby sevens

OLYMPICS: As the London Olympics showed, putting most of your eggs in the same basket can have dire consequences.

After going to those Games with high hopes of another medal haul in the pool, the Aussie swim team returned with just one gold - from the women's 4x100m freestyle relay.

That poor performance meant the entire team left London with just 35 medals - seven gold, 16 silver and 12 bronze - the lowest number since Barcelona in 1992.

Fortunately, results at this week's world swimming championships in Russia have suggested we can expect better at next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

After backing up the sole gold medal-winning performance from London in the women's 4x100m freestyle relay to open the world championships, a double in the men's and women's 100m backstroke - to Mitch Larkin and Emily Seebohm - shot Australia to the top of the medal table, with the promise of more gold to come.

But on the 12-month anniversary of the opening ceremony in Rio, chef de mission of the Australian Olympic team, Kitty Chiller, said it was time some other sports "stepped up" and won medals to ease the pressure on our swimmers.

Chiller said the AOC had set a target of finishing in the top five on the medal table in Rio, and that would not be achieved by the swim team alone. …

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