ⓘ Australia at the 2008 Summer Olympics

                                     

ⓘ Australia at the 2008 Summer Olympics

A total of 433 competitors competed for Australia at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The team was Australias second largest away team after the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, which included a team of 482 competitors. Australian athletes have competed in every Summer Olympic Games of the modern era.

In addition to competitors, 418 officials and 38 medical personnel were part of the Australian team. Australia competed in 26 of the 28 Olympic program sports; they failed to qualify in baseball and team handball. Australia also sent a mens but not a womens football soccer squad, and had two beach volleyball but no indoor volleyball teams competing.

                                     

1. Archery

Australia had two archers earn qualification spots at the 2007 World Outdoor Target Championships and three earn spots at the Oceania continental championship. David Barnes and Sky Kim earned the men two spots at the World tournament, with Michael Naray earning a third spot, and the team qualification at the Oceania competition. Jade Lindsey and Jane Waller were the qualifying women at the Oceania tournament.

In making its final selections, Australia selected Kim and Naray along with Matthew Gray for the mens team, and Waller and Lexie Feeney for the womens team.

Men Women
                                     

2. Athletics

Australia sent 40 representatives to compete in athletics events. 22 of these men competed in track events, ten in field events, seven in race walking, four in the marathons and one in combined events. The athletics did not start until the 15th of August, day seven of competition.

On day one of athletics, two finals were held but no Australians qualified to compete in either. On the second day of athletics, Australia won their first Olympic Medal for athletics in 2008. This person was Jared Tallent, an Olympic debutant, who competed in the mens 20 kilometre race walk. Tallent came third, only 15 second in front of fellow countryman Luke Adams who finished 6th. On the third day of competition, four Australians competed, three in medal events.

Key
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Note –Ranks given for track events are within the athletes heat only
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
Men Track & road events Field events Women Track & road events Field events Combined events – Heptathlon Notes
                                     

3. Badminton

Australia sent a team of six to Beijing. Stuart Gomez competed in the mens singles, while Erin Carroll competed in womens singles. Ross Smith and Glenn Warfe competed in the mens doubles and Tania Luiz and Eugenia Tanaka competed in the womens doubles.

                                     

4. Basketball

Australias mens basketball team qualified for the Olympics by defeating New Zealand in a best-of-three series to win the FIBA Oceania Championship 2007. The womens team automatically qualified as the reigning world champions after winning the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women.

Mens tournament

Roster

The following is the Australia roster in the mens basketball tournament of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Group play Quarterfinals

Womens tournament

Roster

The following is the Australia roster in the womens basketball tournament of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Group play Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal match
                                     

5. Cycling

Australia selected competitors in all four cycling disciplines – BMX, mountain biking, road racing and track racing. Mountain biker Chris Jongewaard lost his legal appeal to be included in the team after being excluded because of a car accident, involving another cyclist for which he was due to face court in late 2008.

Track

Sprint

* Qualified only in the first round

Pursuit Keirin Omnium
                                     

6. Equestrian

Australia selected a team of twelve equestrians to compete at the 2008 Olympics. Hayley Beresford, Kristy Oatley and Heath Ryan competed in dressage. Edwina Alexander, Laurie Lever, Peter McMahon and Matt Williams were selected for the jumping competition. Clayton Fredericks, Lucinda Fredericks, Sonja Johnson, Megan Jones and Shane Rose were selected for the three-day event.

Eventing

# - Indicates that points do not count in team total * Only three riders are eligible to qualify for the jumping final.



                                     

7. Fencing

Two fencers will represent Australia in Beijing. Jo Halls will contest the womens individual foil while Amber Parkinson will contest the womens individual epee.

Women
                                     

8. Field hockey

The Australian mens and womens field hockey teams both qualified for Beijing. The mens team won the bronze medal, while the womens team finished in 5th place for the tournament.

Mens tournament

Roster

The following is the Australian roster in the mens field hockey tournament of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Head Coach: Barry Dancer

Reserve:

Group play

The top two teams from each group advanced to the semifinals.

Semifinal Bronze medal match

Womens tournament

Roster

The following is the Australian roster in the womens field hockey tournament of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Head Coach: Frank Murray

Reserve:

  • Toni Cronk GK

Notes

Group play

The top two teams from each group advanced to the semifinals. Australia were eliminated on goal difference with China and entered the playoff for 5th/6th place.

Advanced to semifinals

Classification match for 5th/6th place


                                     

9. Football soccer

Mens tournament

Australias under-23 football team, commonly referred to as the Olyroos, qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Roster

The following is the Australia squad in the mens football tournament of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Head coach: Graham Arnold

* Over-aged player.

Notes Group play
                                     

10. Gymnastics

Australian gymnasts qualified for Beijing in all three categories: artistic, rhythmic and trampoline. Naazmi Johnston was the only rhythmic gymast to qualify. Ben Wilden was the only trampolinist selected in the squad and Samuel Simpson was the only male artistic gymnast but a full womens artistic gymnastic team of six qualified:

                                     

11. Modern pentathlon

Alexander Parygin, who won Olympic gold in Atlanta while competing for Kazakhstan, was initially due to be Australias only male competitor in the modern pentathlon. His qualification was overturned "on technical grounds" by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, when the Modern Pentathlon Association of Great Britain argued that he had failed to meet "eligibility criteria of 5.100 points at the relevant international competition, during the Olympic qualification period". Specifically, Parygin qualified for Beijing during a competition which lacked the equestrian event. There being no avenue of appeal, Parygin will not compete in Beijing.

Angie Darby made her Olympic debut as the only Australian female in the competition. Darby, having qualified in the same conditions as Parygin, had her participation in the Games open to question, but she eventually competed.

                                     

12. Rowing

For the first time, Australia qualified for every rowing event at an Olympics.

Men Women

Qualification Legend: FA =Final A medal; FB =Final B non-medal; FC =Final C non-medal; FD =Final D non-medal; FE =Final E non-medal; FF =Final F non-medal; SA/B =Semifinals A/B; SC/D =Semifinals C/D; SE/F =Semifinals E/F; QF =Quarterfinals; R =Repechage



                                     

13. Sailing

Australia competed in ten of the eleven sailing events.

Men Women Open

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race; CAN = Race cancelled; OCS = On the course side of the starting line; BFD – Black flag disqualification; DNF – Did not finish

                                     

14. Softball

The Australian softball team has qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics. The team selected to compete in the games is:

Group stage

The top four teams will advance to the semifinal round.

Semifinal

Preliminary final

                                     

15. Swimming

Australia sent 43 swimmers to Beijing. The mens team won 3 silver and 3 bronze medals, while the womens team won 6 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze medals and set 4 world records. The members of the swim team and their results were:

Men

* Competed in the heats only

Women

* Competed in the heats only

                                     

16. Table tennis

Australia has qualified both mens and womens table tennis teams for Beijing. Each team includes three competitors. The mens team is Kyle Davis, William Henzell and David Zalcberg. The womens team is Lay Jian Fang, Miao and Stephanie Sang Xu.

Mens singles Womens singles Team
                                     

17. Taekwondo

Four Australians have qualified for the Beijing Olympics. Ryan Carneli will compete in the mens under 58 kg division and Burak Hasan in the mens 58–68 kg division. Carmen Marton will compete in the womens over 67 kg division and Tina Morgan in the womens 57–67 kg division.

                                     

18. Tennis

Australia has qualified two men and three women for the singles competition in Beijing while two doubles pairs have qualified in each of the mens and womens draws. The team is:

Men Women
                                     

19. Triathlon

Five Australians were selected to compete in the triathlon at the 2008 Olympics. Courtney Atkinson and Brad Kahlefeldt will contest the mens competition while Erin Densham, Emma Moffatt and Emma Snowsill will battle it out for the womens title.

                                     

20. Volleyball

Beach

Two teams qualified for the Olympics: the womens team Barnett-Cook Tamsin Barnett and Natalie Cook, and the mens team Schacht-Slack Andrew Schacht and Joshua Slack.

                                     

21. Water polo

Australia participated in both the mens and the womens tournaments. The mens team finished in 8th place, while the womens team won the bronze medal. Australias squads included three sets of siblings: Jamie and Gemma Beadsworth, the Santoromito sisters and the Rippon sisters. Kate Gynther is also a stepsister of the Rippons. Bronwen and Emma Knox are unrelated.

Mens tournament

Roster

The following is the Australian roster in the mens water polo tournament of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Head coach: John Fox Group play

All times are China Standard Time UTC+8.

Classification round Classification semi-final Classification 7th–8th

Womens tournament

Roster

The following is the Australian roster in the womens water polo tournament of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Head coach: Greg McFadden Group play

All times are China Standard Time UTC+8.

Semifinal Bronze medal game
                                     

22. Weightlifting

Two Australians will compete in the weightlifting at Beijing. Damon Kelly will lift in the mens over 105 kg class and Deborah Lovely in womens over 75 kg class.

                                     

23. Wrestling

Four wrestlers represented Australia at the 2008 Games. None of them made it past the qualification round.

Key:

  • PP - Decision by Points - the loser with technical points.
  • VT - Victory by Fall.
  • PO - Decision by Points - the loser without technical points.
Mens freestyle Mens Greco-Roman Womens freestyle
                                     

24. Media coverage

In Australia, both the Seven Network and SBS TV provided television coverage of the games. Live web video streaming of selected events was provided by Yahoo!7. Radio station 2GB held the exclusive Sydney radio rights through the Seven Network, while in other capital cities commercial partners were joined by ABC Local Radio in providing radio coverage. Additionally, Telstra broadcast Sevens coverage and that of selected events to 3G mobile phones via the Next G network.

An estimated eight million viewers in Australia watched the televised broadcast of the Opening Ceremony, the largest number ever, surpassing that of the 2000 Sydney Olympics opening ceremony. Seven was the only network to televise the Opening Ceremony in Australia.

Seven has been criticised for broadcasting Australian Football League games in lieu of Olympic events with Australian athletes in contention for medals, as well as for the quality of their coverage in general. The network cited existing contractual obligations for their AFL scheduling. In response, the AFL made concessions to Seven that allowed more Olympics coverage to be broadcast in certain markets.

During the closing days of the games, Seven and the rival Nine Network engaged in a "bidding war" to secure athletes, particularly gold medalists, for exclusive contracts to appear on their respective programs. Stephanie Rice signed a $800.000 two-year contract with Seven, and as a result withdrew along with several other athletes from being filmed for Nines 60 Minutes hours before the show. Both networks are fighting for the lead in the Australian television ratings and, whilst Seven has broadcast the last several Olympics, Nine will be co-broadcasting with Foxtel the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

The International Olympic Committee later awarded Seven its Golden Rings Award for "Best Olympic Programme". The award is given for the best overall Olympic coverage.



                                     
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