South Australians Do Australia Proud At Rio 2016 Olympic Games

South Australians Do Australia Proud At Rio 2016 Olympic Games

South Australia Minister for Recreation and Sport Leon Bignell

Congratulations To South Australia’s Olympic Athletes

Victor P Taffa

Recreation and Sport Minister Leon Bignell has congratulated all South Australian athletes who competed at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games during the past two weeks.

“South Australians always excel in international competition, and we saw that again during the Olympic Games in Rio.” Minister for Recreation and Sport Leon Bignell said.

50 South Australian athletes, including 34 current South Australian Sports Institute scholarship holders, competed on the world stage and contributed to Australia’s 29 medals.

There were 9 medal-winning athletes from South Australia, bringing home a total of 11 medals.

  • Kyle Chalmers,
  • Jared Tallent,
  • Jack Bobridge,
  • Alex Edmondson,
  • Callum Scotson,
  • Anna Meares,
  • Alexander Belonogoff ,
  • James McRae,
  • Alexander Hill.

18-year-old swimmer Kyle Chalmers won three medals, a gold medal in the men’s 100 m freestyle, and bronze in both the 4 x 100 m freestyle and 4 x 100 m medley relays.

“Kyle Chalmers’ gold medal in one of the highlight events of the Olympic swimming program, the men’s 100 metres freestyle, has captivated the world. He’s only the fourth Australian to win this event.” Mr Bignell said.

Jared Tallent won silver in the 50 km walk making him a medallist in that event at three consecutive Olympics.

“50 km race walker Jared Tallent won South Australia’s final medal of the 2016 Olympics with a Silver medal to go with his London Olympic Gold, this is in addition to the Bronze and Silver medals he took home from Beijing.” Mr Bignell said.

South Australia had multiple medallists in both the rowing and cycling. Jack Bobridge, Alex Edmondson and Callum Scotson won silver medals in the men’s team pursuit.

Australian Olympic Team flag bearer Anna Meares became Australia’s most decorated Olympic cyclists after she won the bronze medal in the women’s Keirin.

“Anna Meares is now Australia’s most decorated Olympic cyclist and once again she proved in Rio that she is a champion on and off the bike.” Mr Bignell said.

In the rowing, silver medals went to Alexander Belonogoff and James McRae for the men’s quadruple sculls and Alexander Hill in the men’s coxless four.