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Wearn sailing for gold

Western Australia’s next hope of another gold medal currently rest with sailor Matt Wearn.

Wearn currently sits first after eight races in the one-man laser class after winning both of Thursday’s races.

He started the competition slowly on the first day of racing before he sailed up the leaderboard on day two with two second places and a fourth.

Wearn will complete two more races on Friday afternoon before the medal race on Sunday, which is worth double points, to decide the competition.

In the pool, WA’s Brianna Throssell and Tamsin Cook claimed a bronze as heat swimmers for the 4x200m freestyle relay team. In a sign of Australia’s depth, the team qualified first for the final by three seconds.

The highly fancied combination of Ariarne Titmus, Emma McKeon, Madi Wilson and Leah Neale were beaten by China and the USA, in one of the biggest shocks of the Games, with all three teams breaking the previous world record.

Throssell also swam in the heat of the mixed 4 x 100m medley relay helping Australia qualify for Saturday’s final.

Both hockey teams are well positioned heading into week two of the games as the Hockeyroos made their best start to an Olympics with four wins from as many starts.

A pair of one-nil wins over Japan and New Zealand have given them a prime opportunity to finish top of their pool, with their match against Argentina on Saturday to determine their quarter final opponent. West Australian Karri Somerville played a crucial role in defence during the tense final stages against the Black Sticks.

The Kookaburras have booked a quarter final match on Sunday after finishing top of Pool A.

They finished with four wins and a draw following a win over New Zealand (4-2) and a one-all draw with Spain. WA’s Tom Wickham scored a goal in both clashes.

At the basketball, the Boomers are two from two after wins against Nigeria (84-67) and Italy (86-83). West Australian Duop Reath, who recently signed with the Illawarra Hawks, has had limited court time in the first two matches.

The Opals had a disappointing start to their campaign losing to Olympic debutants Belgium 85 to 70.

Katie Ebzery is the sole West Australian in the squad and scored 11 points in the loss to Belgium.

The men’s water polo team were no match for Serbia going down 14-8 after Serbia raced to a 6-0 lead at quarter time. WA’s Andrew Ford and Aaron Younger scored one goal each for the Sharks.

In archery, WA’s Taylor Worth has moved to the final day of competition on Saturday. First-up, Worth will take on Turkey’s Mete Gazoz to progress to the quarter finals.

Ashley Maynard-Brewer and the Olyroos have missed out on a quarter finals berth after their 2-0 loss to Egypt on Wednesday night.

WA’s Storm Sanders is out of the tennis at Tokyo following a heart-breaking loss to the top seeds in the women’s doubles.

Sanders, partnered with Wimbledon champion Ash Barty, were knocked out 10-7 in a tiebreaker after their match against the Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova was tied at one set all.

Published: 12:20 30 July 2021

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