Day 3 Preview
Australia will be in action in 17 sports on the third day of competition at the Rio Olympic Games.
After a great first two days, where Australia has led the medal tally, there are many more medal prospects.
For a full list of Australian competitors in action check out the Day 3 schedule.
Day 3 (Monday, August 8)
HOCKEY – Women’s: Australia vs USA Rio time: 10:00, AEST: 23:00 Australia meet America in their second pool game. Ranked five, just two below Australia, US Ahas been on the rise. After a loss in the opening game to Great Britain, Australia will be keen to get its campaign back on track. Australia has won all three clashes against USA in Olympic history.
TENNIS – Singles: Sam Stosur AUS vs M Doi JPN and John Millman AUS vs K Nishikori JPN Rio time: Stosur 2nd on court and Millman 5th on court. Stosur and Millman have tough second round matches against two Japanese players, Misaki Doi and Kei Nishikori, both 2016 Wimbledon round 16 players.
WATER POLO – Men’s: Australia vs Hungary Rio time: 13:00, AEST: Tuesday 14:00 After a one-point loss in the opening game against host country Brazil, Australia will be keen to get its campaign back on track, but that will be a challenge against Sydney, Athens and Beijing Olympic champions Hungary. In six Olympic clashes, Australia has won a single game, in 1992.
CANOE SLALOM – Women’s: K1 heats Rio time: 13:10, AEST: Tuesday 02:10 A medal hope for Australia, Jess Fox, starts her K1 three round competition, where medals will be decided on day six. Australia has won three silver medals in this event, including one by Fox in London.
BASKETBALL – Men’s: Australia vs Serbia Rio time: 14:15, AEST: Tuesday 03:15 Australia’s second pool match is against Serbia, ranked five places above Australia. Following our tremendous first up win against France, we will be looking to continue our best start to a men’s Olympic tournament since 1996. Australia has lost its two Olympic matches against Serbia in Olympic history.
SHOOTING – Men’s: Trap Finals
Second Round Qualifying: Rio time 21:30, AEST 10.30
Finals: Rio time: 15:00, AEST: Tuesday 04:00
Adam Vella, the Athens bronze medallist, can on his day certainly win a medal. Teenager Mitchell Isles could be a surprise top-six finalist. Australia has won three medals in Olympic history.
RUGBY SEVENS – Women: Medal rounds
Rio time: semi-final 14:30 & medal matches 18:30, AEST: Tuesday semi-final 03:30 & medal matches 07:30After two wins and a draw in the Pool A games, Australia won its quarter-final yesterday against Spain 24-0. But their semi-final draw has thrown up a challenge for Australia. Despite winning their pool and quarter-final games the Australians now meet a very tough opposition in the semi-final in Canada. Over the last 12 months, Australia won the World Series, however, Canada defeated Australia in the last round of the series.
SWIMMING – Women’s: 100m backstroke Rio time: 22:30, AEST: Tuesday 11:30 Emily Seebohm heads into Rio as one of the favourites in both backstroke events, having won double gold at the 2015 World Championships. She will be pushing for gold in an event she was pipped in at the London 2012 Games. Madison Wilson also lines up in the event. Australia has never won this event in Olympic history.
SWIMMING – Men’s: 100m backstroke Rio time: 22:38, AEST: Tuesday 11:38 Mitch Larkin won the 100m-200m backstroke double at the 2015 World Championships and will be aiming to do the same in Rio. The world leader has a pair of Americans hot on his heels. He is joined in the race by fellow Aussie Josh Palmer. Australia last won this event in 1960.
WEIGHTLIFTING – Women’s 58kg Rio time: Group B 12:30 & finals 15:30, AEST: Tuesday Group B 01:30 & final 04:30 Tia-Clair Toomey, ‘the second fittest woman in the world’, starts her competition on Day 3 of the Games. Toomey, who placed second at the World Cross Fit Games in 2015 and 2016, competes in the 58kg division.
Other sports in action on day one are: Archery, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Equestrian, Judo, Rowing, Sailing and Tennis.