Sydney Uni punch twice above their weight in Rio

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The University of Sydney’s 28 Olympians made up 6.63% of the 422 athletes in the 2016 Australian Olympic team, yet they won a staggering 13.79% (4 medals) of the total 29 Australian medals over the past seventeen days:

  • Chloe Dalton – Gold Medal – Women’s Rugby Sevens
  • Cameron Girdlestone – Silver Medal – Rowing, Men’s Quadruple Sculls
  • Sasha Belonogoff – Silver Medal – Rowing, Men’s Quadruple Sculls
  • Will Ryan – Silver Medal – Sailing, Men’s 470 class
  • Jess Fox – Canoe/Kayak – Bronze Medal – Women’s Single K1 Slalom
  • Katie Ebzery – Women’s Basketball – Quarter Finalist and 5th overall
  • Jenny Blundell  – Athletics – Women’s 1500m – Semi Finalist
  • Milly Clark – Athletics – Women’s Marathon – 1st Australian and 18th overall
  • Sally Kehoe – Rowing – Women’s Double Scull – Semi Finalist and 3rd in B Final for 9th overall
  • Georgie Morgan – Women’s Hockey– Quarter Finalist and 6th overall
  • Madeline Heiner Hills – Athletics – 7th place and Personal Best (PB) in 3000m Steeplechase Final, then 10th and PB in the 5000m Final
  • Murray Stewart – Canoe/Kayak – Men’s K1 Kayak– 4th in Final
  • Annie Rubie – Athletics– Women’s 400m – Semi Finalist and Finalist in the Women’s 4 x 400 Relay
  • Ella Nelson – Athletics – Women’s 200m – Semi Finalist and PB
  • Ed Jenkins, Pat McCutcheon & Tom Kingston – Men’s Rugby Sevens – Quarter Finalists and 8th Place Overall
  • Isobel Bishop, Hannah Buckling, Keesja Gofers, Lea Yanitsas & Nicola Zagame – Water Polo, Women’s- Quarter Finalists and 6th Place Overall
  • Rachel Neylan – Cycling – Women’s Road Race – 22nd Overall
  • Shelly Jenneke – Athletics – Women’s 100m Hurdles – 6th in Round 1 Heat
  • Jaime Ryan – Sailing, Women’s 470 class – 15th Overall
  • Johnno Cotterill – Water Polo, Men’s – 5th in Group A and 9th overall
  • Brendon Reading – Athletics – Men’s 50km Race Walk– 40th Place
  • Josh Clarke – Athletics – Men’s 100m – Withdrew due to injury concerns

If Sydney Uni were competing as a country in its own right, we would be the 80th largest country out of 206, equal with Indonesia and finish 45th on the overall medal tally.

At least one and often many of our Sydney University athletes competed on every single day of competition in Rio 2016. This sporting trivia highlights not only the large number of Sydney Uni Rio Olympians but the breadth of sports in which they participate – a testimony to the quality and large number of sporting clubs supported by Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness and the work of its Elite Athlete Program in helping our talented students realise and exceed their sporting potential.

Congratulations to all of our athletes who competed on the world stage with distinction.

Full competition report here.