Day 11 Olympic review: Stewart surges into kayak final
8 August 2012
Andrew Tilley from Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) reports on the latest action at the London 2012 Olympics with University of Sydney Olympians still in the hunt for medals in several sports.
Former SUSF Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship holder Murray Stewart bounced back to his best at the Olympics on Tuesday in the K4 1000m kayak event, following a tough day on Monday.
University of Sydney graduate Stewart finished sixth in his K1 1000m semi-final on Monday, but yesterday he combined with Tate Smith, David Smith and Jake Clear to show why the K4 1000m is Australia's biggest hope of success in the canoe sprint competition at Eton Dorney.
The Australian crew, ranked number two in the world, dominated their London semi-final, upsetting world champions Germany in their second race of the day and taking the early lead off the fast-starting Czechs to sprint home in 2:52.505.
"Yesterday was a tough day and it was more important then to do our job today," Stewart told Ninemsn. "The K4 has always been the priority and I'm stoked to be here with these boys."
The Australian quartet will go into the final looking to defeat Slovakia and Hungary, who earned immediate qualification by winning the opening heats on Tuesday morning.
Former Southern Design Sydney Uni Flames representative Belinda Snell and her women's basketball team mates have booked a semi-final showdown against the United States on Thursday: the team that has beaten the Australians in the past three Olympic finals.
Taking a three-point lead into the final period of their quarter-final against China, the Australians extended their lead to double digits to emerge as winners by 75-60.
University of Sydney graduate Matthew Butturini and his fellow Kookaburras will meet world number-two Germany in the men's hockey semi-finals after a 7-0 thrashing of Pakistan sealed top spot in their group.
The Kookaburras, who won their opening two matches stylishly before conceding late goals to draw their next two, produced their best performance against Pakistan, ranked seventh in the world.
Australia's Women's Match Racing sailing crew, which includes University of Sydney athlete Olivia Price, were back on the water on Tuesday for their first two quarter-final matches.
SUSF EAP scholarship holder Price and her crew of Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty went through the round robin undefeated, notching up a perfect 11 wins from 11 races.
The Australians are in the middle of a quarter-final against the Netherlands with the scores currently locked at 1-1. Price and her crew dominated the first race, leading from start to finish before the Dutch levelled the scores in race two.
The first crew to score three wins when racing resumes on Wednesday afternoon will go through to the semi-final.
"Every race is important, we take data from it and we take it into the next one," Price told Yachting Australia. "We'll keep doing business as usual for tomorrow and we'll just go racing."
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