University of Sydney’s Thomas Whalan and Sam McGregor have helped Australia qualify for the Olympic quarter-finals of the men’s water polo for the first time since Sydney in 2000.
Needing a win against Greece to keep their Olympic campaign alive, the Sharks were impressive in their 13-8 defeat of Greece.
Australia’s shooting, a big problem for them previously in this tournament, improved and their goals came from 23 shots.
The two teams went goal-for-goal in the first quarter and Australia led 3-2.
Australia then steadily pulled clear, scoring 3-1 in the third term.
The Sharks will next play Serbia in a quarter-final on Wednesday.
In hockey, this morning’s 0-0 draw against Argentina has cost the Hockeyroos, containing Megan Rivers, a spot in the semi-finals.
The draw wasn’t enough to get Australia into the semi-finals, with a win the only way they could progress.
The Hockeyroos’ best chance came after just three minutes, when University of Sydney graduate and SUSF Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship holder Megan Rivers forced a good save from Argentine keeper Florencia Mutio.
From then on, Argentina, who needed only a draw to qualify as the top team in Pool B, were content to play a counter-attacking style and the Hockeyroos couldn’t find a way through.
It leaves Australia third in Pool B behind Argentina and New Zealand, and they now play a fifth versus sixth classification match on Friday to end their Olympic campaign.
Overnight, University of Sydney graduate and SUSF Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship holder Murray Stewart competed in the first of his three kayak events at the 2012 Games.
After making it through to the semi-final, and surging to the front of the race at the halfway point, Stewart was eliminated from the men’s K1 1000m.
Stewart has another two events to come – K4 1000m and K1 200m.
Tuesday 7 August
Kayak Sprint – Men’s K-4 (Quadruple) 1000m Heats (Heat 2)
Hockey – Men v Pakistan
Kayak Sprint –Men’s K-4 (Quadruple) 1000m Semi-finals
Murray Stewart (if he qualifies from his heat)
Sailing – Women’s Elliot 6m v Netherlands Quarter-final
Wednesday 8 August
Basketball – Women v China Quarter-final