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Sport Australian athletes make history with the most gold during the first week of the Olympics

05:42  31 july  2021
05:42  31 july  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Swimming - Women's 100m Freestyle - Medal Ceremony - Tokyo Aquatics Centre - Tokyo, Japan - July 30, 2021. Emma McKeon of Australia poses on the podium with the gold medal REUTERS/Marko Djurica © Thomson Reuters Emma McKeon of Australia poses on the podium with the gold medal REUTERS/Marko Djurica

So far at Tokyo, the colour of the Olympics for Australia has been gold.

The first week of the Games has put Australia in a better place than ever at the Olympics.

Coming off the back of a Rio Olympics that delivered just eight gold medals in total, the delayed Tokyo Olympics has provided Australian fans with an early deluge of gold not experienced before — nine gold medals to be exact. 

Australia is also guaranteed to add a 10th with Matthew Wearn having already sealed gold in the men's laser sailing.

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The rush started on day two of the Tokyo Games, with gold going to the women's 4x100m freestyle relay team. Since then, Australia has won gold on six consecutive days in the pool — a record for the country.

Ariarne Titmus has been the early star, with two individual gold medals and a relay bronze, with a chance for a fourth medal in the 800m freestyle on Sunday. Titmus and Emma McKeon are the first Australian dual gold medallists at one Olympics since Beijing 2008.

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Of Australia's 22 medals to date, all bar one has come in water-based events. Rohan Dennis's bronze medal in the men's cycling time trial broke the water-driven streak.

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Of these water-based medals, 14 have come in the pool, including wins to Titmus, McKeon, Zac Stubblety-Cook and Kaylee McKeown. On the waters of the Sea Forest Waterway, Australia's male and female fours both won gold, and both quad sculls line-ups took home bronze.

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And, having overcome a serious brain injury just to get back on the waves, Owen Wright registered Australia's first medal in surfing.


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For a nation girt by sea, Australia truly made the most of its love of the water. But as the Olympics progresses to its second week, focus turns to another thing Australia has plenty of — land.

More gold medal hopes 

With a record-breaking first week out of the way, local attention will turn to whether Australia can beat the 17 gold medals won in Athens, or the 58 medals claimed at Sydney 2000.

While Australia has generally won most of its medals in water-based events, several strong medal hopes are still to come.

The swimming isn't quite over yet, with several Australian medal chances left. Emily Seebohm is the quickest qualifier for the 200m backstroke final, looking to add to her career medal tally. McKeon is also looking to add to her stellar Games to date, and was the fastest in the heat stages of the women's 50m freestyle. There are also medal hopes in the mixed relay, both men's and women's medley relays, women's 800m freestyle, men's 100m butterfly, and men's 50m freestyle.

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At Oi Seaside Park, both hockey teams sit undefeated through the group stages to date, with both the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos shaping as gold medal threats. The Kookaburras are currently the number one ranked side in the world and have high hopes of earning their second Olympic gold medal.

The Matildas are through to a semi-final against Sweden after defeating Great Britain in extra time, with the winner of that match to play for gold and the loser for bronze. With Sam Kerr in top form, Australia looks like being able to compete with the best in the world.

The women's water polo team, the Stingers, have also gotten off to a fast start and have good international results in recent years, including a third place at the most-recent world championships in 2019.

Despite the off-court injury to Aaron Baynes, the Boomers men's basketball team has been impressive to date and has a deep roster to cover his loss. The Opals struggled against European powerhouse Belgium but have proven themselves at big tournaments before.

Australia is in prime medal positions in at least two sailing events. Wearn has already locked up gold in the laser class heading into the final race of the regatta. Meanwhile, 2012 gold medallist Mat Belcher and Will Ryan led the 470 standings just past the halfway mark.

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The women's beach volleyball duo of Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy sit in a solid position as group play wraps up despite a loss in their last match. The pairing will push to equal or better their third place at the 2019 world championships.

Logan Martin will enter the debut running of the men's freestyle BMX as one of the favourites with two world championships and X Games golds under his belt. Martin's flow will ensure that he both wows the crowd and stays in the firm mix for medals.

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The Australian track cycling team had a quiet 2020 world championships and has not faced much international competition since. There are hopes that the men's and women's team pursuits and sprints will be in the medal mix, with Matt Glaetzer and Annette Edmondson leading the way in the other events.

In athletics, Stewart McSweyn and Kelsey-Lee Barber led the charge, with several medal hopes across both track and field.

Regardless of whether they can match the heights of their first week, Australian athletes have already had an Olympics to remember.

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