BALLARAT’S James Marburg is preparing for his second Olympic rowing final.
The Melbourne-based Marburg and Brodie Buckland last night qualified for the men’s pair final.
The Australians qualified with a third in a semi-final.
Marburg is already an Olympic medallist.
The former St Patrick’s College student claimed silver in a four at Beijing in 2008.
Marburg and Buckland have lane one in the final, which is scheduled for tomorrow night at 7.20pm (AEST).
3 Great Britain
4 New Zealand
FORMER Ballarat Grammar School student Tom Swann, of Mulwala in southern New South Wales, was a member of the men’s eight which last night finished sixth in the final.
The Australians crossed the line within a length of gold medallist Germany and 0.69 seconds of bronze medallist Great Britain.
Canada took silver.
TASMANIAN-based Ballarat veteran Anthony Edwards chases a fourth Olympic medal in the lightweight four final tonight about 7pm.
3 Great Britain
5 South Africa
AUSTRALIA’S women’s basketball campaign is back on track after a 67-61 win over Brazil overnight.
Former Ballarat Lady Miner Rachel Jarry played key minutes (17:36) in a tight game.
She finished with two points and four rebounds, but her contribution was significantly more than these statistics show.
Australian captain Lauren Jackson led the scoring with 18 points.
With two wins and a loss, the Opals now play Russia, which is unbeaten after two games.
The top four teams in the group qualify for quarter finals.
The Ballarat flavour in the Opals camp does not stop there.
Assistant coach Peter Buckle is originally from Ballarat, having grown up in the city and taken up coaching before embarking on a WNBL career.
ATLANTA Olympics gold medalist Russell Mark tackles his sixth Games campaign in the men’s double trap today.
Qualification is at 6pm (AEST), with the final from midnight.
“TEAM BALLARAT” RESULTS
Men’s eight final
Germany (gold) 5:48.75, Canada (silver) 5:49.98, Great Britain (bronze) 5:51.18, United States 5:51.48, Netherlands 5:51.72, Australia 5:51.87
Men’s pair semi-finals
1 – New Zealand 6:48.11, Italy 6:55.82, Canada 6:56.47
2- Great Britain 6:56.46, France 6:58.87, Australia 7:02.12
Women’s group game
Australia 67 d Brazil 61