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Week One in Rio

[Posted: 15 Aug 2016]

Week one of the Rio Games was an exciting week for Curtin, with 20 of the competing athletes representing Australia being current Curtin University students or recent graduates. Find out what happened during the week with our Curtin athletes!

Day One 

Men's Hockey

Day one of the Olympics in Rio saw the Australian men's hockey team with a narrow 2-1 win over New Zealand. They fell to a surprise defeat to Spain in their second Pool A contest in on Sunday evening, going down 1-0. Visit the WAIS website to find out more

Australia’s men faced two big encounters in the upcoming days with Belgium on Tuesday and Great Britain on Wednesday in matches that will go a long way to determining the final positions in Pool A. Visit WAIS. 

Women’s Hockey

The Hockeyroos lost their opening fixture on day one with a 2-1 to Great Britain. The group must now look ahead to their next match with the USA on day two of the Games. Visit WAIS for more about the game against Great Britain. 

Men’s Water Polo

The Australia men’s water polo team suffered a disappointing 7-8 loss to hosts Brazil, in their opening fixture. Australia's next up against Hungary on day three of the Games. Visit WAIS.

Rowing, Single Scull

Curtin graduate, Rhys Grant, a qualified civil engineer, headed out strongly in heat five to earn second place and ensure his name would be included on the quarter final start list.  

Quarter finals for the men’s single scull will be contested on Tuesday evening. Visit WAIS.

Cycling, Women’s Road Race

Curtin student, Amanda Spratt, was Australia’s top finisher in a brutal women’s road race at Copacabana Beach which saw the treacherous course once again prove a major factor in deciding the Olympic champion. Spratt finished 15th overall, four minutes behind eventual winner, Dutch rider, Anna van der Breggen. Visit WAIS.  

Day two

Women's Hockey

The Australian women's hockey team went down to the USA 2-1, with an excellent goal from Curtin's own Kathryn Slattery, still not being enough to pull them back.

Men's Water Polo

The Australian men's water polo team produced a spirited comeback to earn a 9-9 draw with nine time Olympic champion, Hungary on Day three.  

Still to come are group matches against Japan, Serbia and Greece and are looking up to record wins to qualify ad avoid a difficult match-up in the cross overs.

Day three

Men’s Hockey

The Australian Men’s team went gone down on day three against world number six side Belgium in a 1-0 loss. The result saw Australia laying fourth in the six team pool on three points after three matches, with the top four set to progress to the quarter-finals. Their next clash will be against Great Britain on Wednesday, 10 August at 8:30 pm, 11 August, 7:30 am Perth time.

Women’s Water Polo

The Australian women’s water polo team kick started their Rio campaign with a dominant 14-4 win over Russia on day four. Curtin student alumni and third time Olympian Gemma Beadsworth, scored two goals for the Australian team and fellow team mate and Curtin student alumni, Glencora McGhie came out scoring one goal.
Australia competed against Italy on Thursday, 11 August at 10:20 am, (9:20 pm Perth time).

Rowing, Single Scull

WA rower and Curtin alumni Rhys Grant, has safely earned passage to the semi finals of the men’s single scull at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games after finishing second in the first quarter final on day four to book his spot ready for his race on Thursday 11 August.

Day four

Men’s Hockey

The Australians defeated Great Britain 2-1 in an epic final quarter battle with one of the two Goals scored  from our very own Curtin student, Aran Zalewski.

With one pool match left to play, against Olympic hosts Brazil, their quarter-final destiny is in their own hands. Australia faced Brazil at 8:30 pm on Friday, 7:30 am Perth time, Saturday.

Women’s Hockey

The Hockeyroos found some form to post their first win of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on Day five of the competition after recording a 6-1 victory over India, with a goal from each of our Curtin students Kathryn Slattery, Jane-Anne Claxton and Georgie Parker.

Australia completed its group stage fixtures with matches against Argentina at 5:00 am Friday morning Perth time and a clash with Japan on Sunday morning at 6:30 am.

Men’s Water Polo

Australia recorded a hard fought 8-6 win over Japan to register their first win of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on Day 5 of the competition, with promising performances from our Curtin Business School students Aaron Younger and Joel Swift.

Australia faced gold medal favourites Serbia at 9:10 pm Perth time on Saturday evening, with Greece following at 1:10 am on Monday evening.


WA sailor and Curtin student Carrie Smith and her crew Jaime Ryan, held 12th position overall after the opening day of competition in the women’s 470. Racing continued on Day 6 with two more races in action at 12.05 am Friday and 1:30 am Friday, Perth time.

Day five

Women's Hockey

Australia defeated the world number two side Argentina with a 1-0 victory. Curtin student, Emily Smith secured the win scoring the goal early in the third quarter moving Australia into third place in the pool.

"Scoring for Australia is awesome but when it's at the Olympics in such an important match it was even more exciting," Smith said.

Australia will take on Japan Saturday night at 7.30 pm for their fifth and final match before finals begin on Sunday 14 August, 6.30 am Perth time.

Women's Water Polo

The women's water polo team went down to their Italian rivals in a tight loss 7-8 last Thursday morning. Italy took an early lead finishing the first quarter 2-4. Australia made a comeback as they headed into the final quarter with scores tied 6-6. Curtin student and Olympic debutant, Zoe Arancini scored one goal contributing to Australia’s final score, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough for them to take the win.


21 year old Curtin students, Carrie Smith and Jaime Ryan, placed 17th in their fourth race for the Women’s Two Person Dinghy. The girls had a tough day posting 11th in the first race of the day and later experiencing a capsize seeing them finish in 17th place.

Despite the athletes getting the boat up quickly, Ryan said the kite was tangled which made the rest of the race hard for them. The two will took off for race five at 1:15 pm, 13 August 12:15 am, Perth time.