With several days left in the Olympics 2016, Australia is currently standing at the ninth spot with a gold-silver-bronze medal tally of 6-7-9 for a total of 22 medals so far. After having been predicted to place third in Rio, will the Aussies still manage to climb up to the Top 5 after the dust settles in this year?s Summer Olympics?
It has been previously predicted that Australia will finish third at most in the total medal tally following the United States and China. Australia had a great start in making the prediction come true with wins in swimming, rowing and rugby sevens. However, the past couple of days have seen the athletes from the Land Down Under missing their gilt chances, such as in cycling track (team pursuit) and women?s 4x100m medley relay; and, thus dropping down to the ninth spot in the medal haul race.
Now, with roughly a week before the Olympics closes its curtains, can Australia still make it to the top 5? Technically, yes. They still have a lot of events remaining wherein they are gold contenders. Here are their remaining events wherein they can still bring home medals:
- August 15 (Monday) – Cycling Men?s Sprint Final – Matthew Glaetzer
- August 16 (Tuesday) – Women?s Kayak Double 500m Final A – Alyssa Bull and Alyce Burnett
- August 17 (Wednesday)
- Track Cycling Women?s Omnium Points Race – Annette Edmondson
- Track Cycling Women?s Sprint Final – Anna Meares
- August 18 (Thursday)
- Sailing Men?s 470 Medal Race – Mat Belcher and Will Ryan
- Women?s Long Jump Final – Brooke Stratton
- August 19 (Friday)
- Hockey Men?s Gold Medal Match – The Kookaburras
- Men?s 50km Race Walk – Jared Tallent
- August 20 (Saturday) – Women?s BMX Final – Caroline Buchanan
Australia is expected to surpass their medal count in the London Olympics 2012 wherein they had a total of 35 medals broken down to 8 golds, 15 silvers and 12 bronze medals.
As part of the prediction, Australia is averaging 5.4 gold, 6.4 silver and 7.4 bronze medals in the final eight days of their last five Olympic campaigns. If that would still be the case this year, then the Aussies will finish with 11 golds, 13 silvers and 16 bronzes for a total of 40 medals, which is 5 medals more than their last Olympic campaign in London and more importantly, 3 gilts more.
If you are an Australia fan, keep tabs on your favorite country as they see action in their remaining events in the Olympics 2016. USA is still leading the medal tally with 26-20-22 for a total of 68 medals. At far second is Great Britain with 15-16-7 for a total of 38 and followed by China with 15-13-17 for a total of 45.
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