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Given Australia’s historic success in the Olympic swimming pool, the nation’s lack of a medal in the marathon swimming was an anomaly. Since the 10km discipline was introduced at the 2008 Olympics, not a single Australian has finished on the podium in the open water event.
But after Australia’s best-ever medal haul at an Olympic swim meet last week, Kareena Lee continued her nation’s success in the water with a bronze medal in the marathon swim on Wednesday. It was a remarkable swim by Lee, moving up through the field in a gritty effort in the latter stages to finish on the podium.
With a finishing time of 1:59:32 at the Odaiba Marine Park, Lee was barely two seconds off the winner, Ana Marcela Cunha.
Women’s park skateboarding: To the skate park! The first heat is done and Japan’s Yosozumi Sakura won with a score of 45.98, followed by Brazil’s Dora Varella (41.59) and Germany’s Lilly Stoephasius (38.37). There are four heats with five skaters in each heat. The top eight overall scores go through to the final – so you could win your heat and still not get to the final. Britain’s Bombette Martin (16.21) finished fourth and is unlikely to progress with 15 more skaters to come.
GB’s big hope, 13-year-old Sky Brown will compete in heat three. Here’s more on her story:
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