UoM athletes storm Rio!

September 16 / 186

UoM staff and students only have to wait one more week until they can cheer for one of the University’s most accomplished athletes, as the Rio Paralympics are set to get underway on 7 September.

Commerce alumnus Dylan Alcott won a gold medal in wheelchair basketball at the 2008 Beijing Games, and a silver in London four years ago. Not happy to reach the top of only one sport, in Rio he’ll compete in wheelchair tennis, in which he’s currently ranked world No 1 player.

Engineering alumnus Barak Mizrachi will also be competing, making his Paralympic debut in the table tennis.

A long list of fantastic showings from the Olympics in Rio

A gold medal winning performance by star rower Kim Brennan has capped off a brilliant University of Melbourne Olympic showing.

Ms Brennan (nee Crow) is the world champion in the women’s single sculls and dominated her event to be crowned the toast of Australia’s Olympics effort. She was granted the honour of carrying the Australian flag at the closing ceremony.

The two-time Olympian and Arts/Law alumna was one of 15 athletes with University of Melbourne connections competing at this year’s Games.

The men’s four crew, including medical student and Australian Boat Race captain Josh Booth, and MU Boat Club member Will Lockwood won silver, with less than two seconds between hot favourites Great Britain. Fellow Boat Club member Karsten Forsterling also won a silver medal, alongside his quadruple scull teammates, coming second to Germany on Day 11 of competition.

There were a host of other memorable performances, with Arts alumna Mary Hanna and her horse Boogie Woogie finishing ninth in the dressage team event and 39th in the individual competition. At age 61 Ms Hanna became the oldest Australian Olympian to compete at the Games, in what was her fifth time representing Australia.

Back in June, science student and high-jumper Joel Baden was one of the surprise inclusions to the Australian team after clearing 2.29m in the final days of the qualifying period. But he wasn’t able to replicate the same dizzying heights in Rio, finishing 41st after failing to clear 2.22m to make it to the men’s final.

Three-time Olympian and MU Athletics Club member Lisa Weightman finished 31st in the women’s marathon – her first competition since giving birth to son Peter in 2015.

Other results included:

* Regan Lamble (Arts student) – finished ninth in the women’s 20km walk

* Sarah Banting (Medicine student) – finished fifth in the repechage of the women’s eight

* Jessica Morrison (Arts student) – finished fifth in the repechage of the women’s eight

* Jen Cleary (Science alumna) – finished fifth in the women’s quadruple scull

* Elena Galiabovitch (Medicine alumna) – finished 43rd in the women’s 10m air pistol

* Matthew Guest (Medicine alumnus, competing for Canada) – finished sixth in Pool B of the men’s field hockey

* Charlotte Sutherland (Agriculture alumna) – finished fifth in the repechage of the women’s eight

* Lucy Stephan (club member) – finished fifth in the repechage of the women’s eight

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