Day 13 Olympic review: Super Stewart secures kayak gold at Eton Dorney
10 August 2012
Alumnus Murray Stewart has helped to win the sixth gold medal for Australia and the first for the University of Sydney at London 2012. Andrew Tilley from Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) reports on the latest action at the London 2012 Olympics.
Former SUSF Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship holder Murray Stewart has combined with his kayak team of Tate Smith, Dave Smith and Jacob Clear to win gold in the K4 1000m event at Eton Dorney, London.
Stewart, a University of Sydney graduate, and his team weren't distracted by a false start by their Hungarian rivals to start the race well and maintain their lead throughout before powering away near the finishing line to win clearly.
Roared on by a huge Hungarian contingent on the banks, the eight kayaks came through the last 100 metres with bodies straining forward, arms whirling, legs driving and water splashing everywhere as Australia prevailed.
The win was especially important for Stewart, who had dominated the Australian championships, qualifying for four boats and finishing second in four, but had struggled earlier in the week in the K1 1000, where he missed out on making the final.
"We knew if we could get a good start we had a really good chance," Stewart told news.com.au.
"It's definitely been the best bit of our race, the first 500m. So we just executed the game plan and came up with gold."
Despite sporting a gold medal around his neck and the satisfaction of knowing that he is an Olympic champion, Stewart's 2012 London Games campaign isn't over.
Tonight he will compete in the K1 200m event, where his confidence will be at an all time high.
Former Southern Design Sydney Uni Flames representative Belinda Snell and the Australian women's team will play-off for Bronze in London after a narrow 86-73 loss to the USA in their semi-final this morning.
The Opals pushed the reigning gold medallists (now on a 40 game Olympic winning streak) all the way, shocking the favourites to lead at half time, but were overrun late by their star-studded opponents.
The focus for Snell and her team will now turn to the bronze medal match where the Australians will face Russia on Sunday morning.
The Australian men's hockey team, featuring University of Sydney graduate Matthew Butturini, will face Great Britain in the bronze medal match after being defeated by the world's number two team, Germany, 4-2 in their semi-final overnight.
The Kookaburras appeared to be cruising at 2-1 up early in the second half, but Germany powered back - equalising off a midfield turnover - and then overrunning the Kookaburras with late goals to post a deserved win.
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