Congratulations Monash Olympians!

Now that the Olympics has come and gone for another 4 years we would like to take a moment to congratulate all of our Monash students who competed at the games in Rio. This year saw 10 athletes compete in a wide range of sports from Taekwondo to Rowing, seeing Monash University well represented.

Archery
Alec Potts (Bachelor of Business)
Alec competed in both the Men's Individual and Team events for Archery. The Individual event saw Alec just missing out in advancing to the next stage losing to Bernardo Oliveira from Brazil 6-4 in the 1/32 eliminations. The team event saw Australia win against France (5-3) in the quarterfinals and lose to the Republic of Korea (6-0) before moving onto the bronze medal match against China. Australia won 6-2 against China seeing Australia, and Alec, win the bronze medal.

Athletics
Linden Hall (Master of Dietetics) - 1500m
Linden put in a strong effort in the women's 1500m coming 4th in her heat with a fantastic time of 4:11.75. Unfortunately she missed out on a finals spot coming 8th in her semi-final with a time of 4:05.81.

Badminton
Mathew Chau (Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Commerce) - Men's Doubles
Sawan Seasinghe (Bachelor of Business Information Systems) - Men's Doubles
The dynamic duo of Mathew and Sawan teamed up together to compete in the Men's doubles. Unfortunately they were knocked out of the preliminary rounds losing to Chinese Taipei (2-0), Russian Federation (2-0), and Republic of Korea (2-0).

Leanne Choo (Bachelor of Interior Architecture) - Mixed Doubles
Leanne played exceptionally in the Mixed Double's Badminton but unfortunately was knocked out in the Group Play Stage, losing to Indonesia (2-0), Malaysia (2-0), and Thailand (2-0).

Rowing
Joshua Dunkley-Smith (Bachelor of Arts) - Men's Four
Joshua and the Australian team were strong competitors throughout the games. The Men's Four came first in their heat with a time of 5:54.84, as well as coming first in their semi final with a time of 6:11.82. The final saw a tough contest but Joshua and his team mates came away with the silver medal.
Karsten Forsterling (Bachelor of Engineering) - Men's Quad Scull
Karsten and the Australia team came out in force during the Men's Quad Scull winning their heat with a time of 5:50.98. The final saw a very close race with Karsten and his team mates winning the silver medal.

Shooting
Laetisha Scanlan (Bachelor of Communications) - Trap
Laetisha was off to a strong start in the Women's Trap Shooting coming first in the qualification round with a score of 70. Unfortunately she just missed out on a spot in the final coming in 5th with a score of 10 in the semi final. We also loved Laetisha's pre games warm up with Hamish and Andy!

Table Tennis
Heming Hu (Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Education)
Heming played valiantly but was unfortunately knocked out in the first round losing to Hong Kong, China 3-0

Taekwondo
Caroline Marton (Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Arts (Hons) & Masters of Laws) - 57kgs
Caroline fought spectacularly but she unfortunately missed out on progressing to the next round losing to Nikita Glasnovic from Sweden (4-0)

Well done to everyone who competed in Rio you all did a fantastic job, and congratulations to all for representing Monash and Australia with pride!