The Friday Australian Olympic Update

At least our ladies are good at basketball; plus a couple more medals.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

The Opals continued their good form at the Olympic tournament by defeating Russia 70-66 in a game which featured the first ever women’s dunk in an Olympic basketball game.

Liz Cambage slammed one home on a fast break after she collected a pass from guard Kristi Harrower, took a step and threw it in over an opponent. It was also the first in-game dunk of her career.

The 203cm Australian also found time to drop 198cm Russian Natalya Vieur with a cheeky elbow.

The No.2 ranked Aussies are now 2-1. They dropped their opening game to France in overtime.

To the rowing, Aussie women’s pair Brooke Prately and Kim Crow won silver in the double sculls.

The duo was beaten by Great Britain who has won 23 straight meets over a two year span.

Pratley announced after the race that she was moving on from an 11-year rowing career and was actually fortunate to race in London- she hurt a rib bone two months out from the competition.

The four man Aussie scull team of Dan Noonan, Karsten Forsterling, Chris Morgan and James McCrae claimed third behind Germany and Croatia on Friday.

The Kookaburras hockey team drew 2-2 with Argentina, but really missed an opportunity to blow their winless opponent away, missing attempt after attempt.

Finally, sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell have both qualified for the 50 meters freestyle final. Cate was struck out earlier this week with gastro but appears over the worst now.