The Olympics at a glance – Day 11

Written by KBardenhagen

Day 11 at Rio’s Olympic Stadium has seen Aussie athletes unsuccessful in nabbing a medal in the athletics.

Despite no medals, there have been encouraging performances across the board.

Brandon Starc made his Olympic debut, becoming the first Australian to compete in the men’s high jump final since 1996.

Starc jumped the opening height of 2.20m, but was unable to clear 2.25m.

Dani Samuels fell short of standing on the podium after placing fourth in the discus.

Australia has qualified for the women’s long jump final for the first time in 12 years thanks to Brook Stratton, who is the Australian record holder.

A final leap of 6.56m sealed Stratton’s spot in the final, which will take place tomorrow night at 9.15pm (Thursday 18 at 10.15am AEST).

Kim Mickle can say she put in her absolute all after her third and final attempt of throwing the javelin resulted in a dislocated shoulder.

Teammate Kathryn Mitchell saved the best attempt for last, securing herself a spot in the women’s javelin final after her third qualifying attempt. The women’s javelin final is on at 9.10pm Thursday August 18 (Friday August 19 at 10.10am AEST).

Ella Nelson may have missed qualifying for the women’s 200m by 0.01 of a second, but the 22-year-old ran a PB to finish third in the semi finals.

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