Australia continues a strong performance at 2016 Rio Olympics and its current medal tally shows Aussies have grabbed 5 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze medals to a total tally of 17 medals overall.
The Australian Swimming teams lead in the total medal tally with almost 8 medals in pool related events. Both Men?s and Women?s teams added medals in 4x100m freestyle relays with women grabbing the gold and men claiming a bronze. Infact, Australians women team set a world record to in the 4x100m freestyle relay with a time of three minutes, 30.65 seconds.
They essentially have dominated the swimming events although several of their swimming players did fail to give performances. The Aussies grabbed two silvers in rowing events and even claimed medals in some unexpected events like archery and diving.
Women’s 4x100m freestyle Relay (Gold) – Australians set a world record to claim gold over the U.S. in the 4x100m freestyle relay with a time of three minutes, 30.65 seconds. Emma McKeon, Brittany Elmslie, Bronte Campbell and 100m freestyle world record holder Cate Campbell topped the American quartet of Simone Manuel, Abbey Weitzeil, Dana Vollmer and Katie Ledecky, who raced to 3:31.89.?At the 2012 London Olympics, the 4x100m freestyle relay was the Australian swim team?s only gold medal.
Men?s 4x100m freestyle relay (Bronze) – Australia?s men?s 4x100m relay team claimed bronze behind the USA and France. Cameron McEvoy produced a blistering last leg to ensure the team that included James Roberts, Kyle Chalmers and James Magnussen claimed Australia?s second relay medal in Rio.
Men’s 400m freestyle (Gold) – Australia’s Mack Horton won gold in the men’s 400-meter freestyle while China’s Sun Yang claimed the silver and Italy’s Gabriele Detti took the bronze.
Men?s 100m Freestyle (Gold) – Kyle Chalmers broke Australia’s 48-year drought in the men’s 100 metres freestyle with a storming finish to win gold at the Rio Olympics. Chalmers swam a huge personal best to break his own world junior record in a time of 47.58 seconds, ahead of silver medallist Pieter Timmers of Belgium (47.80) and bronze medallist, America?s defending champion Nathan Adrian (47.85).
Women?s 200m Freestyle (Bronze) – Olympic relay gold medallist Emma McKeon won the bronze medal in the women?s 200m freestyle final from lane seven on the fourth night of competition at the Aquatic Centre in Rio. The 23-year-old left nothing to chance, leading for the first 100 metres and hanging on to finish third in a time of 1:54.92, just 0.09 of a second outside the Australian record she set in April.
Women’s 200m Butterfly Final (Silver) – Madeline Groves added silver to Australia’s medal tally in the pool after narrowly missing the gold in the women’s 200 metres butterfly at the Rio Olympics.
Men’s 200m backstroke (Silver) – The 100m and 200m backstroke world champ Mitch Larkin hung on for a silver medal in the 200m, though he didn?t secure a place in the 100m race. A time of 1 minute and 53.96 seconds saw Larkin claim a podium finish, with Team USA?s Ryan Murphy winning in 1:53.62 and Russian Evgeny Rylov getting the bronze in 1:53.97.
Women’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Final (Silver) – The Australian team of Leah Neale, Emma McKeon, Bronte Barratt, and Tamsin Cook took a brilliant silver medal in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay final.
Rugby Sevens Women?s Tournament (Gold)
Australia’s women beat New Zealand 24-17 to win the first ever Olympic rugby sevens gold medal. Australia remains undefeated in Olympic rugby competition for the last 108 years. They won gold in 1908 and has not participated again until the introduction of rugby sevens in Rio.
Australian Catherine Skinner was rewarded with Gold in a tense Women?s trap shooting final at Olympic Shooting centre in Deodoro. Ranked 13th in the world, the 26-year-old first-time Olympian got the better of New Zealand?s Natalie Rooney in the gold medal match, hitting 12 of her 15 targets to edge her opponent by a single clay. USA?s Corey Cogdell won the second bronze medal of her Olympic career after a shoot-off with Spain?s Fatima Galvez.
Men?s quadruple – Australia nabbed a silver medal in the men’s quadruple sculls, a first on day six of the Rio Games. The Australian team ? made up of Karsten Forsterling, Alexander Belonogoff, Cameron Girdlestone and James McRae, came into the race as favourites but the Germans surged to an early lead and maintained it during the 2000 metre race. ? were favourites for the gold medal, but missed out to Germany who defended their London 2012 title.
Men?s Four -The Australian crew of William Lockwood, Joshua Dunkley-Smith, Joshua Booth and Alex Hill won another silver in men?s four. Great Britain triumphed in 5.58.61, with Australia 1.83 seconds behind and Italy third.
3m synchronised springboard event – The unexpected medal for Australia was clinched by the pairing of Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith. Competing in the 3m synchro event, Australia sat in fifth place going into the final round. With a final score of 299.19 points the team got its first medal for Australia in 12 years in this event.
The Men?s archery team made Olympic history in Rio after winning bronze at the Sambodromo. Taylor Worth, Alec Potts and Ryan Tyack defeated China 6-2 in the bronze medal match of the men?s team competition to secure the nation?s first ever Olympic medal in a team event.
Canoe slalom (Bronze)
Jessica Fox won the Olympic bronze medal for Australia in K1 canoe slalom. The bronze medal adds to the silver Fox won as an 18-year-old at the London Olympics.