TOKYO OLYMPICS: Day 10 action, results

Published 12:30pm 30 July 2021

TOKYO OLYMPICS: Day 10 action, results
Words by Nick Crockford

Day 10 Rolling coverage

Water polo - Bronwen Knox

9.50pm: The Stingers will face South Africa in their last game in this round on Sunday night before the semi-finals begin, after going down to Spain 15-9 tonight.

The Aussies were in contention in the first two quarters, but struggled against strong defence in the third and fourth quarters and failed to capitalise on power play moments.

The win is Spain's third from four games, so far, at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Bronwen Knox, whose career started at North Brisbane Polo Bears in Albany Creek 20 years ago, scored one goal in the first quarter. 

Stingers' goals also went to Bronte Halligan, Hannah Buckling, Abby Andrews, Rowie Webster (2), Zoe Arancini, and Matilda Kearns (2).

Knox is the first Australian woman to play water polo at four Olympics and will be hoping the side can better their sixth place at Rio during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The Stingers face South Africa on Sunday at 8.50 (AEST.

Football - Teagan Micah

9.40pm: What a match and what a night for the Matildas - and former Redcliffe State High School student Teagan Micah.

Australia is through to the Olympic semi-finals for the first time with a nail-biting, nerve-wracking, but sensational 4-3 victory over Great Britain in extra time.

Micah, who grew up on the peninsula, was one of the heroes and arguably the Player of the Match, producing stunning saves from the first few minutes until deep into extra time.

It was then she produced the really big one - diving to her left to save a Great Britain penalty with the scores level at 2-2.

It was a crucial moment. Sixty seconds later Australia took the lead and extended it at the beginning of the second period of extra time.

Australia had taken the lead through Alanna Kennedy and were perhaps fortunate to lead 1-0 at half time. Britain hit back to lead with two minutes remaining when Sam Kerr struck.

Mary Fowler made it 3-2; Sam Kerr again for 4-2; Ellen White completed her hat-trick for Britain - 4-3 .... and that's how it finished.

The Tillies will play their Pool winners Sweden in the semi-finals on Monday at 9pm (AEST). The winner goes to the final and plays for gold or silver, the loser faces the second semi-final loser for the bronze medal. 

Women’s Rugby Sevens - Evania Pelite

8pm: Players from both the Australian and Fiji Island teams wept as the final siren blew on their match in the quarter final of the Women’s Rugby Sevens tournament at the Tokyo Olympics – for different reasons.

The Aussies – including former Deception Bay Raiders Rugby League Club junior player Evania Pelite - were reigning champions from the Rio Olympics five years ago, but were bested by the fledgling Fijians, whose Rugby Sevens program ironically began just five years ago.

The quarter final – delayed by half an hour because of bad weather - was a must-win for Australia, with victors progressing to the semi finals and the other side left dreaming of what might have been.

Pelite, still sporting a bandage on her head from the morning’s clash against the USA where she copped a blow to the back of the head, was fierce on the field, but it was not enough to keep Australia’s dream of back-to-back gold alive.

Fiji's win followed Australia's first loss of the tournament earlier in the day, when they were beaten by the USA in Pool C.

The Aussies showed plenty of speed and Faith Nathan’s try as the first half drew to a close saved the team from posting no score.

At the end of the first half the score stood at 14-5 in Fiji’s favour as John Farnham’s You’re the Voice blasted over the speakers at Tokyo Stadium.

Australia rallied at the start of the second, with Pelite strong in defence, but Fiji proved too strong, spelling heartbreak for the team.

Fiji takes on New Zealand in tomorrow’s semi-final.

Golf - Cameron Smith

6.25pm: Two dropped shots on the final hole dented an otherwise superb second round by Cameron Smith, who grew up in Bray Park, at the Tokyo Olympics.

After an opening round of even par 71, Smith climbed the leaderboard, starting with two birdies and carding four more in six holes between the 11th and 16th.

That was also either side of another lengthy interruption in play due to dangerous weather, as happened on day one. 

But a double bogey 6 on the 18th left Smith, whose career started at Wantima Country Club in Brendale, with a four under 67 and tied in 20th as 16 players still to finish their round due to the delay in play.

He is currently nine shots off the leader Xander Schauffele (-11), of the US who is world ranked five and second-placed Carlos Ortis, from Mexico (-10).

Smith is scheduled to tee-off at 9.14am (AEST) tomorrow in Round Three.

Swimming - Kaylee McKeown

1pm: Redcliffe-born Kaylee McKeown is into her second final of the Tokyo Olympic Games after finishing second in today's semi-final.

McKeown, who was at Australian Crawl Burpengary as a junior, was third after the first turn in the 200m Backstroke, second after the second turn and in front starting for the final length.

But Canadian Kylie Masse took first place in a finger-tip finish clocking 2 minutes 07.82 seconds to McKeown's 2.07.93 - both still had more than a second to spare in making the final.

McKeown will be joined tomorrow  at 11.35am (AEST) by fellow Aussie Emily Seebohm who is the fastest of the eight finalists after wining her semi-final today in 2:07.09.

Both made the 100m Backstroke final on Tuesday when McKeown won her first Olympic Gold medal.

Women’s Rugby Sevens - Evania Pelite

Noon:  The Australians have been ousted from the top of the Women’s Rugby Sevens table by the United States in a physically demanding match at Tokyo Stadium.

Former Deception Bay Raiders Rugby League Club (now Moreton Bay Raiders) junior player Evania Pelite was bundled from the field midway through the first half after a clash left her bleeding from the head, but returned to the pitch with two minutes to go to pass the ball to Sharni Williams, setting up the Aussies’ first try for the game.

Returning to the field for the second half, Australia, defending the gold medal they won in Rio five years ago, snatched the ball from the Americans, who were caught off guard and still disputing a penalty with the umpires.

Seizing the opportunity, Demi Hayes powered down the field to score Australia’s second try.

But the Americans fought back, with Alev Kelter slipping through a series of tackles before Cheta Emba broke through to score the team’s first try to take the score to 12-7.

A poor pass to Charlotte Caslick in front of the American goal saw the ball go to the US again, with Abby Gustaitis running it through for a try and Nicole Heavirland converting to take the final score to 12-14 and lift the US to the top of the table in Pool C

Australia take on Fiji in the second of the quarter-finals today at 7pm.

Australia finished the round in second place of Pool C, having won two games and lost one, scoring a total of 86 goals and conceding 24.

Fiji won two matches and lost one in Pool B, scoring a total of 72 goals and conceding 29.

The lowest-ranked four teams face off to determine their final placings, with Canada taking on Brazil at 5.30pm and Kenya playing Japan at 6pm.

New Zealand and ROC play the first of the quarter finals at 6.30pm, followed by Australia and Fiji at 7pm, the USA and Great Britain at 7.30pm and France and China at 8pm.

Semi-finals are tomorrow at noon with the bronze medal match between the losing semi-finalists at 6.30pm and the final, for gold and silver medals, at 7pm.

TOKYO OLYMPICS: Day 10 action, results
Redcliffe-born Kaylee McKeown. Picture Delly Carr Swimming Australia

Swimming – Kaylee McKeown

Kaylee McKeown’s quest for a second Olympic Games gold medal reaches the 200m Backstroke stage today at 12.35pm (AEST).

The Redcliffe-born 20-year-old eased through last night’s heats winning what has been described as her pet event in 2 minutes 08.18 seconds.

McKeown's speed down the final 50m proved decisive and took her through in the fastest qualifying time from the heats.

Pulling out of the 200m Individual Medley has given the former Australian Crawl Burpengary swimmer extra time to rest and prepare for the 200m.

But the competition will still be hot in this and the relays which bring the Olympic swimming schedule to a close.

Water Polo – Bronwen Knox

Australia is in pole position in Pool A of the women’s water polo competition, but face arguably their toughest test tonight at 8.50pm (AEST).

Second-placed Spain are next up for the Aussies who have already beaten Canada (8-5) and Netherlands (15-12). Spain ahve played a game more losing to the Dutch on Wednesday.

Bronwen Knox, who went to St Paul’s School at Bald Hills, was in inspiring form as the Stingers came from behind to beat the Dutch.

The veteran of four Olympic Games, who started and still plays at Albany Creek Leisure Centre for North Brisbane Polo Bears, will be a key figure again tonight in Australia’s penultimate Pool A fixture.

Victory would give them a foothold in Tuesday’s quarter-finals before their final pool match against bottom side South Africa on Sunday.

TOKYO OLYMPICS: Day 10 action, results

Golf – Cameron Smith

The Pine Rivers State High School graduate tees off in round two of the Olympic golf tournament at The Kasumigaseki Country Club at 9.14am (AEST) today. 

Cameron Smith, who is now based in Florida playing the US PGA Tour, will be looking to improve on his opening round of an even par 71 yesterday.

He briefly looked like moving up the scoreboard when reaching two under after eight, but dropped a couple of shots on the back nine.

Though still with 54 holes remaining in the tournament, Smith will be keen to make a move today and set himself up for the final two rounds.

The 27 year old, who is still a member of Wantima Country Club in Brendale where his career began, is eight shots off the lead.

The first group tees-off in the second round at 8.30am today.

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