Six Moreton Bay Region locals take on the world in Day 6 of Olympic action in Tokyo today. Stay tuned for our updates of how our locals fare.
Softball - Chelsea Forkin and Jade Wall
11.05pm: A home run from former Redcliffe Leagues Softball Association player Jade Wall at the bottom of the sixth inning wasn't enough to save the Aussie Spirit side from a 4-0 loss to Mexico at Yokohama Baseball Stadium tonight.
The Aussie team, which also included Redcliffe State High School HPE teacher Chelsea Forkin, has now been eliminated from the competition and Mexico will go on to play Canada for bronze tomorrow.
Tight pitching from Mexico's Dallas Escobeda and an inability to find gaps in the outfield made the difference, despite a change in pitcher for Australia from Kaia Parnaby to Ellen Roberts in the fourth inning.
It is the first time an Australian team hasn't won a medal at an Olympic Games and comes after the side spent seven weeks in Japan preparing for the competition.
The Mexican side beat Canada to qualify for their first Olympics, so tomorrow's bronze medal game will be a cracker.
Water Polo – Bronwen Knox
8.30pm: The Aussie Stingers have won a tight tussle with the Netherlands in the women's water polo tonight, in a seesawing clash that ended in Australia's favour 15-12.
Bronwen Knox, whose career started at North Brisbane Polo Bears in Albany Creek 20 years ago, scored two goals - one in the last minute to put the win out of the Netherlands' reach.
Her experienced defence was critical in stopping the Netherlands from scoring on a number of occasions. The fearless efforts of goal keeper Gabriella Palm were also key to the side's success.
Goals were also scored by Hannah Buckling (3), Abby Andrews (3), Zoe Arancini (2), Amy Ridge, Rowie Webster (3) and Tilly Kearns.
The Stingers will take on Spain on Friday at 8.50pm (AEST).
Men’s Skeet Shooting – Paul Adams
4pm: Paul Adams has bettered his performance at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, shooting 119/125 in qualifying to narrowly miss the finals this afternoon.
At Rio, the 29-year-old ended his campaign with 118/125, three points from qualifying.
In Tokyo, Adams posted perfect scores of 25 in the opening two rounds yesterday, followed by a 23 and then scores of 24 and 22 in today’s qualifying sessions.
The North Lakes shooter went into the games in fine form, having won his most recent tournament, the Queensland State titles, with a score of 120 out of 125 targets.
The 29-year-old theatre nurse at Peninsula Private Hospital started shooting at the age of 10 coached by grandfather, Ian.
He was taught the sport on the same .22 single shot rifle his grandfather learnt with.
Hockey – Renee Taylor
3.14pm: The Hockeyroos have pulled off a thrilling victory over China today, with a crushing 6-0 score line to record their second win at the Tokyo Olympics.
The win comes after China beat Japan in the first round, with a 4-3 victory over the hosts.
The Australia squad includes Renee Taylor, a former Redcliffe Leagues Hockey Club junior who predicted pushing the 2020 Olympic Games back a year, due to COVID, could work in Australia’s favour.
Ahead of her Olympics debut, Taylor said an extra year of preparation for the young side should pay dividends – and it seems she’s right.
While the end of the first quarter saw both teams scoreless, Emily Chalker blitzed early in the second with a goal 20 seconds in, followed by another less than six minutes later.
A purposeful Australian team stormed into the third quarter with a goal by Nicole Peris 30 seconds in, before play was stopped at the mid-point by an unfortunate clash between Chalker and China player Gu Bingfeng as they both pursued the ball with intensity.
The remainder of the quarter was without a goal, but the Aussies made up for it in the fourth, with a stunning three-goal blitz.
Amy Lawton set up the first goal of the final quarter, which was converted by Ambrosia Malone.
It was followed by a score from Stephanie Kershaw, who snuck the ball through between the goalkeeper’s legs.
The final Hockeyroos goal of the game came with just over two minutes to go with a blinder by Grace Stewart that was partially stopped by the goalie before making it through to cement the win.
Australia take on Japan (Pool B) on Wednesday at 7.30pm (AEST).
Swimming – Kaylee McKeown
1pm: Kaylee McKeown, who spent her formative swimming years at Australian Crawl in Burpengary, is through to the 100m Backstroke final tomorrow at 11.50am.
The 20-year-old finished second in today's semi-final in 58.11 seconds, just 0.02 seconds behind the winner Kyle Masse of Canada, with Australia's Emily Seebohm in third.
Redcliffe-born McKeown started well but was outside the top three at the turn. However, she hit the front half way down the home stretch and comfortably qualified for her first Olympic final.
Waiting for McKeown, Seebohm and Masse with be American Regan Smith who broke the Olympic record again in her semi, clocking 57.86 seconds.
That beat Kaylee McKeown's record of 57.88 seconds set in the final heat yesterday and was the fourth time in four Olympic races the record had been lowered!
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