Australian athletes at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Possible Aussie Medalists

The Australian Olympic Committee is predicting 37 medals from the Australian athletes in Rio. Of these they are expecting 13 of them to be gold. It’s quite a talented Australia team in Brazil at the moment so don’t be too surprised if the AOC is being conservative and the medal count is closer to 47 than it is to 37. The gold medal tally may also be one or two more than expected.

14 Gold from 48 medals wouldn’t be too unrealistic.


Jared Talent - Australian athletes
Jared Talent. Photo by Franz Richter (CC BY-SA 3.0)

With the late withdrawal of sprinter Joshua Clarke, there will now be 60 Australian athletes in the athletics team. One of our gold medal chances is Jared Talent who will be competing in the 50km Walk.

Talent crossed the line in second place at the London Games, but due to the disqualification of Russian Sergey Kirdyapkin in March this year, he was belatedly promoted up the podium and awarded the gold. On 17 June 2016, 1460 days after his London 50km race, Tallent was presented his gold medal on the steps of the Victorian Parliament.

Also on the radar are long jumpers Fabrice Lapierre and Olympic debutant 23-year-old Brooke Stratton. In March of this year, Stratton broke the Australian long jump record held by Bronwyn Thompson since 2002.

The Opals and the Boomers both qualified for Rio 2016. Between them 24 Australian athletes will be representing the country. The United States will start favourites in both the men’s and the women’s competitions but the Australian women will be pushing them all the way even without Lauren Jackson. The Boomers too are in with a medal hope.

Jessica Fox - Australian athletes
Jessica Fox. Photo by Agência Brasil Fotografias (CC BY 2.0)

Jessica Fox is one of 16 Australian athletes in Rio for the canoe and kayak events. As an 18-year-old at the London Games she picked up silver in the K1 event. Fox is definitely one of Australia’s gold medal chances in the K1 Slalom. Spain’s Maialen Chourrant, Slovakia’s Jana Dukatova and the Czech Republic’s Katerina Kudejova will be thereabouts.

The men are also serious medal hopes. Ken Wallace and Lachlan Tame will be among the medals for the K2 1000m sprint, and again in K4 1000m.

31 Australian athletes will represent our cycling program in Rio. Sam Willoughby and Caroline Buchanan are right up there for gold in their BMX events. Others expected to podium are Anna Mears in the Keirin, Matthew Glatzer in the Individual Sprint and Annette Edmondson in the women’s Omnium. The men’s and women’s Team Pursuit and the women’s Team Sprint are also medal chances.



The men’s team failed to qualify for the Olympics but the Matildas did and have a squad of 18 Australian athletes. It will be difficult for the women, particularly since they lost their opener against Canada, but they are still definite medal contenders.

The men’s and women’s hockey teams qualified for Rio and will be represented by 32 Australian athletes. The Kookaburras are definitely in with a chance for gold in the men’s competition but they will need to hold off Germany and the Netherlands.

In the women’s competition the Netherlands are going to be hard to beat but the Hockeyroos is a medal hopeful.

Kim Brennan - Australian Athlete
Kim Brennan

The rowing team consists of 29 Australian athletes. The Mens Quad Sculls is a definite gold medal opportunity as is Kim Brennan in the Women’s Singles Sculls.

Rugby Sevens
The men’s rugby team will probably find it difficult in Rio but the women are looking good for a medal. 24 Australian athletes will make up the rugby squads.

Matthew Belcher and William Ryan are heavily backed for gold in the Men’s 470. The eleven Australian athletes in the rowing team also include 49er partners Vico Delle Kart and Nikolaus Resch, and Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen. Both these partnerships are medal chances along with Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin who will compete in the Nacra. Individually, Tom Burton should medal in the Men’s Laser.

18 Australian athletes are in Rio to compete in the shooting events. James Willett has an excellent chance for gold in the Men’s Double Trap while Warren Potent is in the mix for a podium finish in the 50m Rifle Prone.



Cameron McEvoy - Australian Athletes
Cameron McEvoy (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Just 39 Australian athletes make up the swimming team for Rio, eight less than London. In 2012 Australia ended with one gold, six silver and three bronze medals. The “toxic culture” of the 2012 swimming team is now history and Australia is looking forward to a haul to match Beijing 2008 which was 6 gold, 6 silver and 8 bronze.

Our best chances for gold in Rio will be Cameron McEvoy (100m freestyle), Mitch Larkin (200m backstroke), Cate Campbell (100m freestyle), the women’s 4x100m Freestyle and the women’s 4x100m Medley.

Apart from the likelihood of multiple medals for McEvoy, Larkin and Cate Campbell, other swimmers from this strong looking squad are threatening to make an impact on the medal table, including the men’s relay teams.

Tennis will be tough with the big names from other nations in Rio, but Sam Stosur could be the one to podium from the 11 Australian athletes competing.

Six Australian Athletes will be competing in the triathlons in Rio. Debutant Ashleigh Gentle has been performing well enough to suggest she may sneak in a medal.

Volleyball (Beach)
There will be four Australian athletes making up two teams at the Rio Beach Volleyball competition – Louise Bawden and Teliqua Clancy, and Maria Fe Artacho del Solar and Nicole Laird. The Brazilians on home soil will be hard to beat but Bawden and debutant Clancy make grab a medal.

Water Polo
26 Australian athletes will compete in the men’s and women’s water polo in Rio. The men look like they may struggle, but it won’t be wrong to expect the women to medal in this event.



The Australian Team

All the Australian Athletes selected for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Alice Ingley
Alec Potts
Ryan Tyack
Taylor Worth


Liam Adams
Joel Baden
Dane Bird-Smith
Damien Birkihead
Jenny Blundell
Peter Bol
Alana Boyd
Melissa Breen
Monica Brennan
Zoe Buckman
Milly Clark
Rhydian Cowley
Matt Denny
Cedric Dubler
Chris Erickson
Henry Frayne
Ryan Gregson
Linden Hall
Ben Harradine
Alex Hartmann
Madeline Hills
Tanya Holliday
Chelsea Jaensch
Michelle Jenneke
Selma Kajan
Genevieve LaCaze
Regan Lamble
Fabrice Lapierre
Kurtis Marschall
Luke Matthews
Sam McEntee
David McNeill
Kim Mickle
Kathryn Mitchell
Morgan Mitchell
Victoria Mitchell
Ella Nelson
Eleanor Patterson
Hamish Peacock
Brendon Reading
Jeff Riseley
Kelsey-Lee Roberts
Brett Robinson
Josh Robinson
Anneliese Rubie
Dani Samuels
Caitlin Sargent
Michael Shelley
Ben St Lawrence
Brandon Starc
Brooke Stratton
Jared Tallent
Rachel Tallent
Jessica Thorton
Patrick Tiernan
Jessica Trengove
Lisa Weightman
Eloise Wellings
Lauren Wells
Scott Westcott

Matthew Chau
Hsuan Yu Chen
Leanne Choo
Robin Middleton
Sawan Serasinghe


David Andersen
Cameron Bairstow
Aron Baynes
Andrew Bogut
Ryan Broekhoff
Nat Burton
Elizabeth Cambage
Matthew Dallavedova
Katie-Rae Ebzery
Cayla George
Chris Goulding
Laura Hodges
Joe Ingles
Rachel Jarry
Tessa Lavey
Kevin Lisch
Damian Martin
Patty Mills
Leilani Mitchell
Brock Motum
Erin Phillips
Stephanie Talbot
Penny Taylor
Marianna Tolo


Daniel Lewis
Shelley Watts
Jason Whateley

Stephen Bird
Ian Borrows
Daniel Bowker
Alyssa Bull
Alyce Burnett
Jacob Clear
Lucien Delfour
Riley Fitzsimmons
Naomi Flood
Jessica Fox
Martin Marinov
Murray Stewart
Ferenc Szeksardi
Lachlan Tame
Ken Wallace
Jordan Wood


Ashlee Ankudinoff
Georgia Baker
Jack Bobridge
Scott Bowden
Caroline Buchanan
Patrick Constable
Amy Cure
Anthony Dean
Rohan Dennis
Alex Edmondson
Annette Edmondson
Gracie Elvin
Katrina-Lee Garfoot
Simon Gerrans
Matthew Glaetzer
Nathan Hart
Rebecca Henderson
Michael Hepburn
Melissa Hoskins
Daniel McConnell
Anna Mears
Stephanie Morton
Rachel Neylan
Glen O’Shea
Richie Porte
Lauren Reynolds
Callum Scotson
Amanda Spratt
Bodi Turner
Sam Welsford
Sam Willoughby


Domonic Bedggood
Brittany Broben
Kevin Chavez Banda
James Connor
Maddison Keeney
Grant Nel
Esther Qin
Anabelle Smith
Melissa Wu

Chris Burton (Olympics)
Sam Griffiths
Mary Hanna
Scott Keach
Kelly Layne
Kristy Oatley
Lyndal Oatley
James Paterson-Robinson
Shane Rose
Stuart Tinney
Edwina Tops-Alexander
Matthew Williams


Laura Alleway
Mackenzie Arnold
Tameka Butt
Ellie Carpenter
Stephanie Catley
Larissa Crummer
Lisa De Vanna
Caitlin Foord
Katrina-Lee Gorry
Michelle Heyman
Elise Kellond-Knight
Alanna Kennedy
Samantha Kerr
Chloe Logarzo
Clare Polkinghorne
Kyah Simon
Emily Van Egmond
Lydia Williams


Marcus Fraser
Scott Hend
Minjee Lee Zappelli
Susan Oh


Blake Gaudry
Larrissa Miller
Danielle Prince

Daniel Beale
Madonna Blyth
Edwina Bone
Andrew Charter
Christopher Cirello
Jane-Anne Claxton
Matthew Dawson
Timothy Deavin
Jamie Dwyer
Kirstin Dwyer
Matthew Gohdes
Blake Govers
Fergus Kavanagh
Jodie Kenny
Mark Knowles
Rachael Lynch
Karri McMahon
Georgina Morgan
Gabrielle Nance
Edward Ockenden
Simon Orchard
Georgie Parker
Brooke Peris
Casey Sablowski
Kathryn Slattery
Emily Smith
Grace Stewart
Matthew Swann
Glenn Turner
Jacob Whetton
Tristan White
Mariah Williams


Jake Bensted
Eoin Coughlan
Miranda Giambelli
Katharina Haecker
Joshua Katz
Nathan Katz
Chloe Rayner


Modern Pentathlon
Chloe Esposito
Max Esposito


Fiona Albert
Olympia Aldersey
Sarah Banting
Alexander Belonogoff
Joshua Booth
Kimberley Brennan
Jennifer Cleary
Joshua Dunkley-Smith
Madeline Edmunds
Karsten Forsterling
Cameron Girdlestone
Molly Goodman
Rhys Grant
Alexandra Hagan
Jessica Hall
Alexander Hill
Kerry Hore
Genevieve Horton
Sally Kehoe
Alexander Lloyd
William Lockwood
James McRae
Christopher Morgan
Jessica Morrison
Lucy Stephan
Charlotte Sutherland
Spencer Turrin
Meaghan Volker
David Watts

Nicole Beck
Charlotte Caslick
Emily Cherry
Cameron Clark
Tom Cusack
Chloe Dalton
Gemma Etheridge
Allan Fa’alava’au
Con Foley
Ellia Green
Lewis Holland
Henry Hutchinson
Ed Jenkins
Nick Malouf
Pat McCutcheon
Jesse Parahi
Shannon Parry
Evania Pelite
John Porch
Alicia Quirk
James Stannard
Emma Tonegato
Amy Turner
Sharni Williams


Matthew Belcher
Tom Burton
Lisa Darmanin
Iain Jensen
Jake Lilley
Nathan Outteridge
Jaime Ryan
Will Ryan
Carrie Smith
Ashley Stoddart
Jason Waterhouse


Paul Adams
Blake Blackburn
David Chapman
Keith Ferguson
Elena Galiabovitch
Will Godward
Jennifer Hens
Mitchell Iles-Crevatin
Aislin Jones
Warren Potent
Daniel Repacholi
Jack Rossiter
Dane Sampson
Letisha Scanlan
Catherine Skinner
Adam Vella
James Wilett
Lalita Yaulleuskaya

Matthew Abood
Jessica Ashwood
Bronte Barratt
Josh Beaver
Georgia Bohl
Bronte Campbell
Cate Campbell
Kyle Chalmers
Tasmin Cook
Alicia Coutts
Brittany Elmslie
Blair Evans
Thomas Fraser-Holmes
Madeline Groves
Chelsea Gubecka
Jacob Hansford
Belinda Hocking
Mack Horton
Grant Irvine
Mitch Larkin
James Magnussen
Travis Mahoney
Cameron McEvoy
David McKeon
Emma McKeon
Taylor McKeown
Jack McLoughlin
Keryn McMaster
David Morgan
Leah Neale
Kotuku Ngawati
Jake Packard
Joshua Palmer
Jarrod Poort
James Roberts
Emily Seebohm
Daniel Smith
Brianna Throssell
Madi Wilson


Synchronised Swimming
Hannah Cross
Bianca Hammett
Danielle Kettlewell
Nikita Pablo
Emily Rogers
Christina Sheehan
Amber Rose Stackpole
Amie Thompson
Deborah Tsai

Table Tennis
Henming Hu
Jian Fang Lay
Dave Powell
Melissa Tapper
Chris Yan
Sally Zhang


Safwan Khalil
Carmen Marton
Caroline Marton
Hayder Shkara


Daria Gavrilova
Sam Groth
Christopher Guccione
Thanasi Kokkinakis
John Millman
John Peers
Anastasia Rodionova
Arina Rodionova
Samantha Stosur
Jordan Thompson


Ryan Bailie
Erin Densham
Ryan Fisher
Ashleigh Gentle
Emma Moffatt
Aaron Royle


Volleyball – Beach
Maria Fe Artacho del Solar
Loiise Bawden
Taliqua Clancy
Nicole Laird


Water Polo
Zoe Arancini
Gemma Beadsworth
Isobel Bishop
Hannah Buckling
Richard Campbell
John Cotterill
Joel Dennerley
Mitchell Emery
George Ford
Jarrod Gilchrist
Keesja Gofers
Rhys Howden
Joe Kayes
Browen Knox
Holly Lincoln-Smith
Glencora McGhie
Nathan Power
Aidan Roach
Ashleigh Southern
James Stanton-French
Joel Swift
Kelsey-Lee Wakefield
Rowena Webster
Lea Yanitsas
Aaron Younger
Nicola Zagame


Simplice Ribouem
Tia-Clair Toomey


Talgat Ilyasov
Ivan Popov
Sahit Prizreni



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