As you're reading this, the remaining carenvale confetti from the Olympics Closing Ceremony is being swept up in Rio De Janeiro. Finally, our sleeping patterns can return to normal. But, before the world moves on, Sport Story wants to know: how did our Australian women fare at the Rio 2016 Games?
Much has been made of the fact that, for the first time ever, the Australian Olympic team was made up of more female competitors than men. Of 422 athletes, 212 were women – representing 50.6% of the team. That alone is a win for the recognition of women in sport, but actual performance is even more important.
Of the our 29 medal haul at #Rio2016, 13 were won by Australian sportswoman or teams – fun fact, that includes one ‘mixed’ silver medal going to the Nacra 17 Sailing team, Lisa Darmanin and Jason Waterhouse.
Australian women made it to the finals of 44 events – and that is not counting some brutally close misses, the likes of sprinter Ella Nelson being 0.01 seconds shy of the 200m final at her debut Olympics.
We’ll let the (largely pessimistic) newspapers drag the performance of the 2016 Australian Olympic Squad if they must – we’re heartened by the fact that the Aussie sportswomen proved on the biggest international stage that they are performing just as well as their (equally impressive) male counterparts. And so many are leaving Brazil deservedly drained, but also inspired and re-energized…
Bring on the next four years, and #Tokyo2020!
AUSTRALIA’S FEMALE MEDALLISTS
Catherine Skinner – Trap Shooting
Kim Brennan – Single Sculls Rowing
Chloe Esposito – Modern Penthalon
4 x 100m Freestyle Relay
Lisa Darmanin (& Jason Waterhouse) – Nacra 17 Sailing
Madeline Groves – 200m Butterfly
4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
4 x 100m Medley Relay
Jessica Fox – Canoe Slalom K-1
Emma McKeon – 200m Freestyle
Anna Meares – Keiren Cycling
3m Synchronised Diving