The news wasn’t so good for the Boomers, however. They were well beaten by France and find themselves in the play-off for bronze. The final score was 75-52 with Andrew Gaze and Shane Heal contributing 10 each.
No luck for Australia’s men at the water polo
There would be no repeat of the women’s fairytale in the men’s draw. Australia were blasted out of medal contention on the back of a 7-3 defeat at the hands of a ruthless Yugoslavia.
The Sharks were at long odds to spring an upset against a polished and accomplished Yugoslav side and that’s exactly how things played out.
Australia had plenty of shots at a goal but were either off target or unable to pierce the defence. The Yugoslavs didn’t have the same problem, making their offence count after both sides had 21 shots on goal.
GOLD for the Hockeyroos
Go you good things – and good things they were. What a team. After eight years of dominating the sport, they get their deserved moment in the sun in front of roaring home fans.
The win came at the expense of old foes Argentina, who lost 3-1 and take silver. But this was all about the women in green and gold, who rose to the occasion and ensured there would never be a twist to the tale.
It was emotional for the entire team but extra-special for veteran Rechelle Hawkes, who joined Dawn Fraser and Andrew Hoy as the only Australians to have won gold at three consecutive Games.
History goes begging for Marion Jones as Dreschler soars
The American track star’s dream of five golds in Sydney has been buried. The long jump always looked her weak link and so it came to prove. Germany’s Heike Dreschler added another gold to her victory back in 1992.
Jones doesn’t have the natural hops or technique of someone like Dreschler and instead uses her blinding speed to propel her through the air. But that came at a price; sitting in bronze, she charged, leapt but it was another foul.
She could not progress up the podium. Italy’s Fiona May took silver behind Dreschler, whose leap of 6.99m propelled her into the history books.
An aptly named American leaps the highest in pole vault
Nick Hysong livd up to his name – the high part at least – when he powered himself to gold in the men’s pole vault. The American took gold at 5.90m. Countryman Lawrence Johnson and Russia’s Maksim Tarasov filled the minor medals.
The Australian pairing of Viktor Chistiakov and Dmitri Markov both missed at 5.90m and consequently missed a medal.
The great El Guerrouj is beaten in the 1500m final
It’s an upset in one of the jewels of the track!
Morroco’s Hicham El Guerrouj was beaten in the final of the 1500m in what will go down as one of the biggest boilovers at the track in these Games. El Guerrouj was hot favourite to win gold but was overhauled by Kenya’s Noah Ngeny in the final bounds.
Everybody was stunned bar the man himself. “I was not surprised,” Ngeny said. “I was fit, I was thinking of winning the gold medal.”
El Guerrouj had not lost a 1500m since 1996 and had not lost a race of any sort since 1997.