Cate Campbell admitted she choked at the Olympic Games.
Cate Campbell admitted she choked at the Olympic Games. Clive Rose

RIO 2016: Choking Aussies at Olympics

AUSTRALIA has had a reasonably successful Olympic Games in Rio so far, but it could have been so much better.

A number of our medal prospects did not perform at their best, in fact, you could say they choked.

Here we take a look some of those in Brazil.


Cate Campbell

The 24-year-old was the red-hot favourite for the 100m after going in as world record holder but after opening the Games by anchoring the gold medal swim in the 4x100m freestyle final and cruising into the individual final, she admitted she could not handle the pressure and ended up sixth.

Campbell called her performance the biggest choke in swimming history and she also missed a medal in the 50m freestyle splash.

Cameron McEvoy

The man they call the professor came into the Olympics as the man to beat.

He was the fastest over the 100m freestyle this year but ended up seventh in the final won by 18-year-old teammate Kyle Chalmers.

Just to add to his woes, McEvoy did not even make the final of the 50m freestyle.

Bronte Campbell

The younger of the Campbell sisters, the 100m freestyle world champion was expected to be among the medals and giver her older sibling a run for her money.

But the 22-year-old finished fourth.

She was also the world champion at 50m freestyle but missed the medals there too.

Emily Seebohm

A double champion at the world championships in Kazan a year before over 100m and 200m backstroke, Seebohm was expected to do well in Rio.

But after struggling in qualifying in the shorter distance, she finished seventh in the 100m.

Seebohm then went even worse in the 200m as she didn't even make the final.


Having beaten India in the champions trophy in the lead-up to the games and defeated the Dutch last year 6-1 in the world cup final, the world No.1 Kookaburras were raging favourites for gold.

But they lost two of their first three games in qualifying to set up another clash with the Netherlands in the last eight.

This time the Dutch turned things around to smash the Aussies 4-0.

The quarter-final defeat was worst showing at the Games in 56 years.


The Hockeyroos were the world No.3 team coming into the Games but struggled throughout the tournament.

They did beat Argentina but ended up sixth, the worst Olympic performance, after a 4-2 defeat to New Zealand in the quarter-finals.


The three-time silver medallists and two-time bronze winners were expected to give the USA a run for its money after three previous final defeats to the Americans.

The world no.2 Opals went unbeaten in the pool games but in the quarter-finals they unexpectedly got beaten by Serbia 73-71.



Fabrice Lapierre (men's long jump)

After winning the silver medal at last year's world championships and following that up with a second place at the indoor world championships in Portland this year, Lapierre was among the favourites for gold in Rio.

However, after two no jumps in his first two qualifying attempts, he could only manage a mediocre leap and did not make it through to the finals.

His jump was only good enough for 10th with only the top eight moving through to the finals.


South Australian Matthew Glaetzer was tipped to star at the velodrome after going into the Games as the world's fastest sprinter.

He got through to the bronze medal race but missed a medal.

He also had a poor keirin event, finishing in 10th spot.


Another team in with a chance of a medal after ranking fourth before the tournament in Rio.

But an early loss to France put Ed Jenkins' men in their first game had them in trouble and a big defeat to South Africa in the quarter-finals ended their tournament and they finished up in eighth.


The Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Shelley Watts, was rated a good chance to get a medal in Rio.

The Aussie was expected to beat Italian teenager Irma Testa in the first round but lost on a split decision.


The Stingers were a medal chance and were favourites going into their quarter-final with Hungary.

They were never behind in the game and at one point were 8-6 in front.

But they let their opponents back in and lost in the subsequent penalty shootout when Bronwyn Knox hit the post with her shot.


Here are some other moments where Australia had high hopes for our Olympians but it wasn't to be.

* Anna Meares (cycling): Defending Olympic sprint champion, finished 10th, worst Olympic result

* Annette Edmondson (cycling): Last year's world omnium champion, finished eighth

* Glenn O'Shea (cycling): Former men's omnium world champion, finished seventh

* Women's Quad Scull (rowing): Rated medal prospects, finished last in repechage, didn't make the final

* Women's Soccer: Rated medal prospects, ranked fifth in the world, knocked out in quarter-final. 


* Murray Stewart (men's kayak single 1000m): The fastest qualifier for the gold medal race led with 250m to go but was overtaken and relegated to fourth place.

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