Burton Makes Medal Move

Posted on August 10, 2016 by

NSWIS sailor Tom Burton has made a significant move on day two of the Laser class competition, moving into fourth overall.

It puts the Sydneysider well within medal contention after two days of competition.

Burton made his big move in the opening race on day two, finishing second. He followed that with 10th, to be well placed.

He comes into his debut Olympics having won two word cup events in 2015. He was the silver medalist at the 2014 world championships.

On the whitewater, NSWIS athlete Ian Borrows has cruelly missed out on a place in the 10-man final of the canoe slalom C1.

He missed qualifying for the medal round by an agonizing 0.09 of a second.

“To be honest, I thought I paddled well. Maybe there were a couple of small mistakes that cost me two or three seconds,” Borrows told the AOC.

“I had two clear runs, which is a bit unlike me, so it was pretty good.”

The youngest member of Australia’s rowing team, NSWIS athlete Genevieve Horton, has missed out on the top three spot required to progress to the A-Final of the women’s double sculls.

Horton and partner Sally Kehoe were drawn in a tough semi-final against reigning Olympic champions Great Britain as well as dual World Cup winners Poland.

The duo sat comfortably in third throughout the first half of the race but were pipped by the French in the closing stages.

They will now row in the B-Final for world rankings.

Fellow NSWIS rower Chris Morgan also missed qualification for the A-Final in the men’s double sculls alongside David Watts.

In a heat which included the reigning world champions from Croatia, the Australians were well in contention at the halfway stage but were left in a battle for fourth as the powerful Norwegians and British pulled clear.

Boxer Daniel Lewis produced a great third round performance to progress to the second round in the 75kg middleweight division.

He is now a step closer to winning Australia’s first boxing medal in 28 years after defeating Poland’s Tomasz Jablonski.

He now takes on Uzbekistan’s No. 2 seed Bektemir Melikuziev on Friday.

The Australian women’s water polo team has made an early statement in Rio, crunching Russia 14-4 in a one-sided contest.

With NSWIS stars Bronwen Knox, Hannah Buckling, Holly Lincoln-Smith, Isobel Bishop, Keesja Gofers, Lea Yanitsas and Nicola Zagame all in action, the Aussies went on a goal-scoring rout.

Gofers landed three goals from as many attempts on the net while Bishop also added her name to the scoresheet.

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