Ash, Sally, and eight other disguised Australian leads are late in Tokyo

And so, finally, comes the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, also known as the 2020 Summer Olympics, also known as Tokyo 2020, also known as the Covid Games largely without fans or tourists, which are shameful games.

However – it’s the Olympics! And for two weeks, in the super-delicious Tokyo time zone (AEST less than 1 hour), we’ll be bonded and get into The Big O as we always do.

Because for all the ridicule, corruption, and cheating (Russian athletes will compete under the “Russian Olympic Committee” banner because their nation-state ran a doping program, you damned idiots) there’s still something wonderful about seeing eucalyptus and struggle on a world sporting stage.

Still cooler if we win!

Gracenote, Nielsen’s collegiate sports analytics group, predicts Australia will win 12 gold, 13 silver and 15 bronze to rank seventh overall after the USA, China and the Russian Olympic Committee, and one lead over Great Britain, which is pretty impressive in the illusion. Melbourne Cup appeal kind of way.

Regardless, we’ll hit above our weight, as always. Of course there are favorite swimmers for gold. There are contestants, bowlers, jumpers and a certain Wimbledon champion tennis player with a real show to bring home those beautiful gold bars.

Here are ten of our countrymen worth watching.

Our Ashes: Ashley Barty

Ash Party scored two goals in 2021: winning Wimbledon. Win the Olympic gold medal. It’s one of two and the pressure is off.

It’s “Our Ash” and “Aussie Ash,” all of that. There are expectations. She is now the manhunt, a double major champion, No. 1 in the world; They will all raise when you play it.

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However, she feels, from watching Barty perform brilliantly under pressure at the All England Lawn Tennis, after a decade on the Pro Tour, the 25-year-old has been able to find her best self when it matters most.

She had a weak groin on the way to Wimbledon and was able to fend off the pain and a disjointed readiness to go ahead and win. She has already won the French Open to go with several tournaments on the hard court (such as the Tokyo Championships) including the WTA title at Shenzen in 2019. No monkeys have brought her back to Japan. she is beautiful. go to her.

Missing link: Matisse Thybulle

Ben Simmons won’t represent Australia at the Olympics because he wants to “work on personal development” Do you think he might work on the three-point shooting in Tokyo but what do we know?

However, Matisse Thybulle is going to Tokyo, and he, a sports fanatic, is already very helpful. Thybulle is a 24-year-old defensive star for the Philadelphia 76ers and a dual native of Australia and America after spending seven years in Sydney from the age of two.

Able to fend off attack all over the field, he is athletic and skilled in attack and starred in Australia’s debut in a pre-Olympic test win 87-84 over Argentina.

With 15 points (including three from three three-pointers), four steals and three blocks, Boomers coach Brian Goorjian declared Thybulle “a piece that wasn’t there and a huge plus for us.” Andrew Bogut was watching TV and tweeted: “MatisseThybulle is legit!”

Terminator: Ariarn Titmus

The world record for women’s 200m freestyle is 1:52:98 and is held by Federica Pellegrini of Italy. It was set in 2009 and is the oldest established record in swimming because people were wearing super-buoyant “super suits.”

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Ariarn Titmus from Australia (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

And on June 14 of this year in Adelaide, Ariarn Titmus of Launceston came, as close as anyone could get to the Pellegrini mark, shyly touching the board at just 0:11 seconds. It was swimming that said – shouted! – To the amazing American Katie Ledecky, 24 (five Olympic gold medals, 15-time world champion, world record holder 400m, 800m and 1500m): The 200m freestyle in Tokyo will be an all-out war.

But it’s not like 20-year-old Titmus has been under the radar. In 2018, she broke the world record for the 400m freestyle at the World Short Course Championships. She is the current world champion in the 400m freestyle. They call it “show me”. Like The Terminator, she said of her Olympic trial time, “I can swim faster.”

Faster. the attacker. Ever: Kylie McKeown

The Olympic swimming trials in Australia and the United States were held on the same dates in June, which meant the American swimming world was waking up to confirming statements from Down Under. One such statement came from 19-year-old Kylie McKeown, who booked her seat on the plane to Tokyo by breaking the world record for the 100m backstroke.

It was a sign held by Reagan Smith from the USA who would be McKeown’s biggest competition in Tokyo. Smith still holds the world record for backstroke in the 200 metres. But McKeown is coming for that, too. And there will be milliseconds between these people in Tokyo. hook in.

Too Bad: Rohan Browning
In March of this year, Rohan Browning qualified for Tokyo by running the 100m in 10.05 seconds, a time that would have qualified him for the semi-finals of the blue reband event at Rio 2016.

More importantly, it qualified him to run the 100m in Tokyo, the first Australian to do so since flyer Josh Ross in 2004. Can he break ten seconds? You bet he can. In fact, he did, albeit unofficially due to tailwinds.

However, when you run 9.96 you are in the stratosphere. However, it’s pretty dense in that space since there were 20 people breaking ten seconds this year. However, his quest to break the ten rules and find himself in the Olympic 100m final will indeed be convincing. It’s 150-1 to win the gold medal. So was Stephen Bradbury.

Island King: Stuart McSwain

This fellow, according to all reports, can run like a hairy goat. From the scorching, lung-damaging speed of 1,500 meters to the sluggish endurance of 10,000 metres, Stewart McSweyn – who grew up running across large, windswept expanses on King Island – is Australia’s best long-distance runner since Craig Mottram. And he has a real chance to get gold in Tokyo.

The main fame is running the fastest mile (1609m) in the world in the past seven years. His time of 3:48.37 was also better than Mottram’s Australian record set in 2005 and was the fastest 22 miles ever.

In Monaco in early July he beat his best in the 1500 metres. He is one of the favorites to win the 1500m race in Tokyo. However, there are some Africans who of course have to live with them. In ominous news for McSweyn, world best man in the 1500m race Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya did not make the team because three other men beat him at home in the Olympic trials in Kenya.

McSweyn will also run in the 5000m and 10,000m events. Kenyans are doing well in those events, too.

Deadly Challenger: Sally Fitzgibbons

Surfing is an Olympic sport, and if you told 10-year-old Sally Fitzgibbons that she was surfing around Girwa Beach on the south coast of New South Wales, she would have looked at you wondering and then would probably believe you because she was only 10 years old.

Regardless, today she is a member of the Australian surfing team The Irukandjis Deadly in the Water featuring Fitzgibbons, Steve Gilmore, Owen Wright and Julian Wilson, who will compete for gold in the men’s and women’s events.

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Sally Fitzgibbon is ready to shred in Tokyo. (Getty Images)

Fitzgibbons are currently ranked number three on the World Surf League Tour, after being ranked number one during 2019. They’re beautiful. go to her.

Jumper: Brandon Stark

Brandon Stark is 188 cm (6-2) tall which makes him a relatively petite man in the high jump world where your standard body shapes tend to be extra tall, slim and angular.

Think praying mantis with motorized calves. Despite this, given his training weight of 71kg, Stark can launch himself over a bar located 2.36m off the ground, a feat he achieved when he won the International Hochsprung event in Eberstadt, Germany in 2018.

It was the best year for your star. He won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane (jumping 2.32m) and also in Brussels, Belgium, where he climbed 2.33m to win the Diamond League final. For 11 weeks he was #1, the highest ranked high jumper in the world.

Although he never surpassed the qualifying height of 2.33m for the Australian titles, he did so after a few months in Italy. Only three men rose by 3-4 cm this year. Starc (yes, he’s the brother of cricketer Mitch) has a good chance in Tokyo.

Tank Girl: Charlotte Caslick

The best player in the Rio Olympics’ Top Sevens rugby team is back once again to defend the gold medal he won in 2016.

Charlotte Caslick represents all that is good in Australian rugby. She is fast, agile, strong, skilled. It fit! Super Fit you have to play Sevens Rugby. And strong too.

She’s athletic with her tail flying behind her. Hundreds of thousands of girls (and boys) watched her do whatever she wanted in Rio and thought, “What about her?” This is what I want to be: strong. appropriate. Fast. And winning a gold medal for Australia in the bloody Olympics.

Kaslik has now played for Australia for eight years. I played rugby league for the Sydney Roosters. She is on the cover of Women’s Health magazine. She is 26 years old. It is a crusher.

Spear Girl: Kelsey Lee Barber

In 2019, Kelsey Lee Barber threw a spear farther than she had before. Three times she put the PBs in competition, culminating with a 67.70-meter throw at the Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern Athletics Meeting. This was the twelfth longest in history.

Then she went to Doha for the World Championships and she didn’t throw far. But he still won! World Champion! Kelsey Lee Barber. What about that? As of today, the 29-year-old is heading to Tokyo as the number one female javelin thrower in the world. We wish you good luck in blood.

And for all these people. Go all of them.

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