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Aussie athletes claim victory across the globe

20 May 2019

SUMMER SPORTS: Australia's athletes continued their strong run of success, finding the podium at several events over the weekend and pushing for more this week.

The hits kept coming for tennis superstar Ash Barty, who teamed up with Victoria Azarenka to take out the Italian Open  doubles title in Rome, Italy.

The unseeded team collected their first WTA doubles title together, after claiming a 4-6, 6-0, (10-3) finals victory over No.8 seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands.

The Australian athletics team also backed up their performance after last week’s IAAF World Relays with Olympic Champion Sally Pearson running her fastest time in 15 months at the Seiko Golden Grand Prix and long jumper Brooke Stratton claiming gold.

Defending Diamond League Champ Brandon Starc also had a great start to the Shanghai Diamond League placing fourth overall.

Divers Anabelle Smith and Maddi Keeney continued the Aussie onslaught, winning gold at the FINA Diving World Series in London. Impressively, the duo have medalled at every stop of the World Series (five in total) and finished second overall for the entire series.Keeney also claimed an individual gold in the women's 3m along with a silver with synchro partner Dom Bedggood in the mixed 3m.

The Bali Surfing Pro saw Steph Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Bronte Macaulay and Nikki Van Dijk all proceed to the quarterfinals for the women, with competition continuing today, while Wade Carmichael and Adrian Buchan earned the men's places in the quarters.

Australian sailors and siblings Nathan and Haylee Outteridge booked their place in the Nacra 17 Medal Race at the European Championships in Weymouth with sailing to continue today.

Brothers Will and Sam Phillips also secured a finals place for the Aussies, in the 49er Medal Race, with several other Aussies posting strong results.

Australian Taekwondo sent 11 athletes to represent the country at the Manchester World Taekwondo Championship, with Bailey Lewis and Jack Marton placing in the top eight and Safwan Khalil, Stacey Hymer and Reba Stewart cracking the top 16.

Aussie shooters Laetisha Scalan and Matt Schiller built on James Willett’s bronze performance earlier in the week at the ISSF World Cup Shotgun, placing fifth overall in the mixed event.


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