More Personal Bests!

Saturday, August 11th, 2012 @ 7:06AM

I thought given we are just a few days out from the conclusion of the London Olympics, an update on my earlier blog post was required. Why? Because we have had so many remarkable results coming out of these games.

Building on our results from the Green and Gold Program I listed earlier in the week, here are a few more impressive moves from rank in previous international competitions to London 2012:
– Women’s Water Polo 4th – 3rd (Bronze)
– Women’s Basketball 5th – Bronze Medal Match coming up tomorrow;
– Women’s Match Racing Elliot 6  5th – Medal Contention, this is also tomorrow.
The Green and Gold program was designed to take 4th, 5th and 6th placed athletes to the podium.

Another interesting piece of analysis is the number of our athletes who have placed between 4th and 8th in their respective finals….
4th – 12
5th – 13
6th – 6
7th – 5
8th – 11
Total – 47
47 is a big number so it shows the depth of talent, and, as a friend of mine pointed out, you are doing pretty well to be in the top 8 in the world at anything! So a big shout out to all our athletes who’ve found themselves just outside the podium rankings. Congratulations! 
The final category I want to shine a spotlight on are the Personal Best and Olympic Records that have been achieved over the last week or so:
– Men’s Volleyball – Win against Poland – single best result at a benchmark event.
– Jeffery Horn –  64kg Boxing – Top 8
– Alicia Coutts – 100m Butterfly – 56.85 – Bronze medal
– Alicia Coutts/Cate Campbell/Brittany Elmslie /Melanie Schlanger -4 x 100 Freestyle Relay – 3:33.15 (OR) – Gold
– Christian Sprenger – 100m Breaststroke – 58.93 – Silver
– Emily Seebohm  – 100m backstroke – 58.23 (OR) – Silver
– Belinda Hocking – 100m backstroke – 59.29 – 7th in final
– Joshua Dunkley-Smith/Drew Ginn/James Chapman/Will Lockwood – Men’s Four – 5:47.06 (OR) – Silver
– Mitchell Larkin – 200m backstroke -1:56.82 – 4th in semi
– Josie Tomic/ Annette Edmondson/Melissa Hoskins – Women’s Team Pursuit – 3:16.935 – 4th
– Mitchell Watt – long jump – 8.16m – Silver
– Steve Solomon – 400m – 45.31(h) – 44.97 (s) -8th in final
– Genevieve LaCaze – 3000m steeplechase – 9:37.90 – 9th
– Lisa Weightman – Marathon – 2:27.32 – 17th
– Sally Pearson – 100m hurdles – 12.35 (OR) – Gold
– Michael Diamond – Trap Shooting – 125/125 – equalled the world record and breaking the Olympic record. Finished 4th in the final.

To catch up with our latest results regarding medals, go to the Australian Olympic Team’s official web site: . 

You can also follow the team’s progress on twitter @AUSOlympicTeam . If there is more than one event/match where Aussies are competing, I follow the action via this twitter account and often retweet results :-) 
Congratulations to everyone who has competed already, and best of luck to those still to come. Sincere thanks too, to the athletes I caught up with today at the village. It was terrific to hear first-hand how you were feeling after competing in London! 

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