The University of Sydney sent a record 19 academic athletes to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Queensland’s Gold Coast, a dynamic mix of club-affiliated, current and former University of Sydney Elite Athlete Program members:
- Angus Armstrong (Athletics)
- Angela Ballard (Athletics)
- Rohan Browning (Athletics)
- Joshua Clarke (Athletics)
- Ian Dewhurst (Athletics)
- Katie-Rae Ebzery (Basketball)
- Madeline Hills (Athletics)
- Nicholas Hough (Athletics)
- Michelle Jenneke (Athletics)
- Nicola McDermott (Athletics)
- James Nipperess (Athletics)
- Larrisa Pasternatsky (Athletics)
- Joshua Ralph (Athletics)
- Anneliese Rubie (Athletics)
- Sarah Roy (Cycling)
- Belinda Snell (Basketball)
- Anja Stridsman (Boxing)
- Enid Sung (Rhythmic Gymnastics)
- Kane Townsend (Table Tennis)
The 21st Commonwealth Games ran from Wednesday, 4 April with the Closing Ceremony celebrated on Sunday, 15 April. The Games saw 70 nations and territories compete across 18 sports and seven para-sports.
The Games have proven a happy-hunting ground for Sydney University athletes with 17 selected to compete at the Games in Glasgow four years ago. Seven Sydney University athletes competed with distinction at Delhi in 2010, picking up five gold, seven silver and one bronze medal. On home soil in Melbourne 2006, Sydney University’s seven Australian representatives came away with an incredible six medals. Read a full wrap-up of our 2018 performance HERE.
Sunday 8 April (Carrara Stadium)
Men's 100m (Preliminary) 14:45 complete - Rohan Browning (ranked 3rd in heat with 10.29 to advance to semi finals) & Joshua Clarke (ranked 3rd in heat with 10.56, missing out on the semi)
Monday 9 April(Carrara Stadium)
Women's 400m (Preliminary) 10:30 - Anneliese Rubie complete - first in heat with 51.92; advanced to semi-final
Tuesday 10 April (Carrara Stadium)
Men's 800m (Preliminary) - 10:46 Joshua Ralph complete - finished 3rd in heat with 1:47.76; did not qualify for final
Wednesday 11 April (Carrara Stadium)
Women's 200m (Semi-final)20:10 - Larrisa Pasternatsky complete - finished 5th; did not qualify for final
Thursday 12 April (Carrara Stadium)
Women's 100m Hurdles (Preliminary) 10:50 - Michelle Jenneke complete - finished 4th in heat with SB 12.99 to qualify for final
Men's 4x100m Relay (Preliminary) 11:05 - Rohan Browning & Joshua Clarke complete - finished 2nd in heat with SB to qualify for final
Saturday 14 April (Carrara Stadium)
Women's High Jump (Final) 14:25 - Nicola McDermott complete - PB of 1.91m to win bronze
Rhythmic Gymnastics (Commera Indoor Sports Centre)- Enid Sung
Wednesday 11 April: Gymnastics Rhythmics Qualification & Group complete - total of 47.450 points to qualify for final & in the team event, won a bronze medal with Danielle Prince and Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva with a combined score of 120.800
Friday 6 April: Australia v Mozambique (Preliminary)21:00 complete - Australia def. Mozambique 133-53
Saturday 14 April: Women's Road Race (Final) - 07:45-11:15 complete - Sarah Roy finished 5th after a terrific performance
Boxing (Oxenford Studios) - Anja Stridsman
Wednesday 11 April: Women's 60kg Quarter Final complete - Anja Stridsman def. Sarita Devi (India)
Table Tennis (Oxenford Studios) - Kane Townsend, Group & Singles
Thursday 5 April: Men’s Team Group Stage (Preliminary) - from 12:00 & 18:30 complete - Australia def. Kiribati & Scotland
DAY 1 (5 APRIL)
Table Tennis: Kane Townsend has opened his 2018 Commonwealth Games account in the Men’s Teams Preliminary Rounds, which commenced Thursday, 5 April. Townsend was part of the Australian team that defeated Kiribati 3 matches to nil. Townsend partnered Heming Hu in the doubles to come out victors 11-8; 11-6 and 11-2 against the Kiribati pairing of N. Takooa and T. Miita. In a best of five matches, the last two singles contests were not required. Australia then took on Scotland in the evening round though Townsend was not selected for this encounter. Australia beat Scotland also, 3-0.
Cycling: Member of the former NSWIS Sydney Uni Road Cycling Team, Ashlee Ankudinoff, has taken gold as part of the Women's 4000m Team Pursuit. Her teammates included Annette Edmonson, Amy Cure and Alex Manly.
At the end of Day 1, Australia sits on top with the most number of medals won (15) including five gold, four silver and six bronze. England has won the most gold (six) and a total of 12 medals, followed by Canada with seven and Scotland with five.
DAY 2 (6 APRIL)
Table Tennis: With Kane Townsend cheering on from the sidelines this round, the Australian team of Heming Hu, Xin Yan and David Powell defeated Sri Lanka 3-0 (35-18; 54-43 and 49-33). Next up, Quarterfinal 3 on 7 April at 16:00 versus Nigeria.
Basketball: Australia defeated Mozambique in the Preliminary Round Pool A Match, 113-53, a big win to commence the Opals Commonwealth Games campaign. Belinda Snell had an oustanding game, shooting at 83% with 15 points, three of which were three-pointers. Katie-Ebzery also made an impact, shooting three points with four assists and a steal.
A big night in the pool sees Australia seated well on-top of the medal tally with 14 gold, nine silver and 13 bronze for a total of 36. England follows with 18 medals, Canada with 11 and Scotland with 10.
DAY 3 (7 APRIL)
Table Tennis: Kane Townsend again sat out of the Australian team's Quaterfinal match against Nigeria, with the green and gold going down to the Nigerians, 3-1. This marks the end of the team's Commonwealth Games campaign, with doubles to begin in three days.
Australia finished day three with a massive 58 medals (21 gold, 17 silver and 20 bronze) followed by England with 33 and Canada with 18.
DAY 4 (8 APRIL)
Athletics: Day four saw the long-awaited athletics competition begin at Carrara Stadium with Sydney University Athletics Club's Rohan Browning and Joshua Clarke competing in the men's 100m. In the preliminary event, Rohan Browning progressed to the semis, ranking third in his heat with a time of 10.29. Unfortunately Josh missed out, clocking 10.56. In the semi, Rohan again finished third with a time of 10.29 however narrowly missed out on the event final (despite recording the same finish time as second place.) The two athletes will look to go one better on Friday in the men's 4x100m relay.
Basketball: The Australian Opals won their second match of the Games, defeating Canada, 100-61. Belinda Snell had 10 points with two rebounds and an assist, while Katie-Rae Ebzery scored five points with three rebounds, three assists and two steals.
DAY 5 (9 APRIL)
Athletics: Another massive day at Carrara Stadium with both Nicholas Hough and Anneliese Rubie progressing to their respective finals. Hough qualified 6th fastest for the 110m hurdle final, running a season best of 13.46. Rubie ran a slick 52.32 to win her heat in what was a very stylish performance. In the evening, Madeline Hill finished 8th in the 10,000m final with a time 32:01.04.
Basketball: The Australian Opals have progressed to the women's semi-final to be held on Friday, 13 April following a 118-55 win over England. Katie Ebzery contributed seven points and Belinda Snell, three.
DAY 6 (10 APRIL)
Athletics: It was a phenemonal day for Sydney University Athletics Club, with athletes achieving a number of results to be proud of. See below for the breakdown:
- Men's 800m (Preliminary) - 10:46 Joshua Ralph complete - finished 3rd in heat with 1:47.76; did not qualify for final
- Men's 400m hurdles (Preliminary) 11:31 - Ian Dewhurst complete - finished 3rd in heat with 49.84; did not qualify for final
- Women's 200m (Preliminary) 12:48 - Larrisa Pasternatsky complete - finished in 23:55 to progress to semis
- Men's 110m hurdles (Final) 19:45 - Nicholas Hough complete - finished 3rd to win bronze with PB 13.38
- Women's T54 1500m (Final) 20:05 - Angela Ballard complete - finished 2nd with 3:36.85 to win silver
- Women's 400m (Semi-final) 21:32 - Anneliese Rubie complete - finished 3rd, running a PB of 51.51 to qualify for final
Australia sits at an impressive 131 medals, 50 of which are gold. England follows with 76. Full leaderboard HERE.
DAY 7 (11 APRIL)
Athletics: Anneliese Rubie finished 7th in her first international 400m final. The two time national champion and Olympic relay finalist contested what was arguably the strongest women's 400m Commonwealth Games final in history, running 52.02. Rubie will now turn her sights to the 4x400. In the women's 200m semi final Larissa Pasternatsky was 4th. Pasternatsky has had a phenomenal season running personal bests at 100 and 200 and making her debut in the green and gold of Australia at this meet.
Table Tennis: Unfortunately the Australian pair of Kane Townsend and David Powell were beaten in the Round of 32 by Singapore duo Yew En Koen Pang and Shao Feng Ethan Poh, 3-0 on Wednesday April 11. The game scores were 11-3, 11-8 and 11-7.
Rhythmic Gynmastics: Enid Sung scored a total score of 47.450 (13.450 hoop; 11.150 ball; 12.100 clubs; 10.750 ribbon) to qualify for the Individual All-Around Final. This score saw her and Australian teammates, Danielle Prince and Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva win bronze in the Rhythmic Gynmastics Team Final, producing a combined score of 120.800.
DAY 8 (12 APRIL)
Athletics: Michelle Jenneke ran a season best of 12.99 to make the 100mH final, while Angus Armstrong showed he will be a future force to be reckoned with a top-five finish (5th) in the Pole Vault, clearning 5.35m.
Rhythmic Gynmastics: Enid Sung came painfully close to claiming her second bronze medal in so many days, finishing the individual all-around final with 50.725 points, 0.775 points off third place.
Edging closer towards the end of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Australia remains ahead of the medal tally with 156 (63 gold, 46 silver and 47 bronze). Full leaderboard HERE.
DAY 9 (13 APRIL)
Athletics: In the men's 4x100m relay, Rohan Browning and Josh Clarke finished second in their heat with a season best to qualify for the final. Unfortunately the men's 4x400m relay team featuring Josh Ralph were given a DQ. James Nipperess finished 9th in the 3000m steeplechase, while Michelle Jenneke finished just outside of the medals in 4th with a time of 13.07.
Basketball: The Australian Opals are now 4/4, defeating New Zealand in their semi-final, 109-50. Guaranteed a medal, they will take on England in the gold medal match.
Boxing: Anja Stridsman is also guaranteed her first Commonwealth Games medal, defeating New Zealand's Troy Garton. She will contend for gold in Saturday's 60kg final bout against England's Paige Murney.
Rhythmic Gymnastics: In the individual apparatus finals, Enid Sung finished 4th in the hoop final, 8th in clubs and 6th in ribbon. More here.
DAY 10 (14 APRIL)
Athletics: In the women's High Jump, Nicola McDermott recorded a PB of 1.91m to win bronze. In the men's 4x100m relay featuring Rohan Browning and Joshua Clarke, the team ran a SB of 38:58 to finish 4th, while Anneliese Rubie in the Women's 4x400m, ran a SB (3:27.43) to finish 5th. The Women's 5000m saw Madeline Hills finish 10th with 15:46.92.
Boxing: In the Women's 60kg Final Bout, Anja Stridsman defeated Paige Murney of England to claim the gold medal.
Basketball: The Australian Opals defeated England, 99-55, to win the gold medal for Australia in women's basketball. The game marked Belinda Snell's last game for Australia after she announced her retirement at the representative level. She picked up 9 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists, while Katie Ebzery scored 6 with 6 rebounds and 7 assists.
Cycling: Sarah Roy finished an impressive 5th in the women's road race, maintaining a top-five position through each split and throughout the entire 112.2km circuit (six laps of the 18.7 kilometre circuit around Currumbin Beach).
READ A FULL WRAP-UP HERE.