Tokyo Olympics 2021: Why head coach Rohan Taylor is bullish about swim team’s medal chances


Australian swimming’s senior coaches have witnessed far too many heartbreaking upsets in the past to fall into the trap of making any bold predictions, but there is a quiet confidence about the way the team is shaping up for this year’s Tokyo Olympics.

It’s still early days with the Games more than two months away and the national selection trials four weeks from now, but there are enough positive signs to suggest Tokyo could be one of Australian swimming’s most profitable Olympics.

“For me, when I look across the board and see where are our opportunities, we’ve got quite a lot of opportunities to be on the podium,” national head coach Rohan Taylor said.

“And then, when you’re on the podium, you’re a better chance of converting to gold.

“We haven’t been able to maybe do that in the last couple of Olympics. I think maybe there were some missed opportunities.”

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Few would disagree that the team hasn’t lived up to expectations at the last two Olympics but statistically, the Dolphins are already in great shape for Tokyo, with the national trials still to come.

Everyone is expected to go faster at the trials because Australia’s best swimmers have all been in heavy training since emerging from the lockdown, but the United States has also not held its trials yet, so the rankings could fluctuate next month.

As things stand right now though, three Australians, Kaylee McKeown (100m backstroke, 200m backstroke, 200m individual medley and 400 individual medley), Emma McKeon (100m freestyle) and Elijah Winnington (400m freestyle) are all currently ranked No. 1 in the world in their events.

There are also plenty of others ranked in the top three including Cate Campbell, Ariarne Titmus, Mitch Larkin and Zac Stubbletty-Cook, while several others, including Rio champions Mack Horton and Kyle Chalmers, haven’t revealed their hands yet because they’re ting to peak when it matters.

“From my perspective, we have a lot of opportunities. We’ve always had opportunities but it’s about converting the opportunity into performance at the Olympics,” Taylor said.

“We know that 86 per cent of all medals are won from the top five in the world going into the meet. So we need to get in there. Then we’re in there with a chance.

“Fifty per cent of the golds are won by the first ranked swimmer going into the event. We want to be in that 50 per cent in as many top fives so we have more chances to win medals.”

Australia won 10 medals, including three golds, at the 2016 Rio Olympics but almost doubled those numbers at the last world championships in 2019 so has high hopes for Tokyo.

Australia’s women are once again expected to provide the lion’s share of the medals, along with the relays, which have been increased to seven this time following the inclusion of a mixed medley.

Australia’s men have mostly been struggling this season, barring a few exceptions, before Stubbletty-Cook gave the team a big lift ahead of the cut-throat trials.

He won the 200m breaststroke at the Sydney Open on Sunday in 2:07.00, a time that catapulted him to second on the world rankings to remind his teammates how quickly things can turn around.

“It does wonders for the confidence, knowing that all the hard work in training, that comes down to just over two minutes’ work in the race is certainly paying off and we are on the right track,” he said.

THE AUSSIE SENDING SHOCKWAVES THROUGH WORLD SWIMMING

Australia’s new teenage swimming sensation Kaylee McKeown came within a whisker of breaking another world record after an equipment malfunction almost derailed her latest assault on the history books.

The 19-year-old once again showed why she is quickly emerging as one of Australia’s best medal hopes for this year’s Tokyo Olympics with another head-spinning performance in the lead up to next month’s national trials.

McKeown had already stolen the show at the Sydney Open – the last warm-up event before the trials – by winning four gold medals, including two that were an blink of an eye away from breaking world records.

The Queenslander came within just 0.06 seconds of breaking the 100 metres backstroke world record on Saturday, then 24 hours later she missed the 50m backstroke mark by 0.18.

Even more incredible was that her close shave with the 50m backstroke world record came just 30 minutes after she had won the final of the 200m individual medley, one of the most exhausting races in swimming, in 2:08.73, the fastest time in the world this year.

And if that wasn’t dramatic enough, when she jumped back in the pool for her surprise crack at the 50m record, she had to climb straight back out of the water and take a seat on the blocks because the starting ledge in her lane was broken.

Unflustered by the unexpected postponement as officials went to fetch a replacement foot ledge from a storeroom, McKeown made a flying getaway when the race did start, bursting off the blocks in just 0.57, then motored down the length of the Sydney Olympic pool to stop the clock at 27.16.

She just missed the world record, held by China’s Liu Xiang Liu, by a fingernail but still managed to post a new Australian and Commonwealth record – her third in three remarkable days that has sent shockwaves through the swimming world.

McKeown now heads to next month’s Olympic trials in Adelaide as the red-hot favourite to qualify for the Australian team in the 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke and 200m individual medley.

She is currently ranked No. 1 in the world in all three individual events and could also be included in up to three relays in Tokyo, the women’s medley, the mixed medley, and the women’s 4x200m freestyle, which Australia is the early favourite to win gold in with the likes of Emma McKeon and Ariarne Titmus involved.

McKeown told News Corp she doesn’t plan to enter the 200m freestyle heats at next month’s trials but national head coach Rohan Taylor said the in-form teenager remains in the mix because every swimmer who makes the team for Tokyo is a candidate for the relays.

“When we pick the team, we have a number of relay only potential selections (but) we have people in the team who can fill spots and we consider that,” Taylor said.

“So if Kaylee and others have posted 200m free times, we can consider them … everybody on the team has an opportunity.”

Australia’s newest swim sensation has blown her cover

Nothing raises the expectations around young Australian swimmers more than a close shave with a world record.

Especially just before an Olympics, as teenage sensation Kaylee McKeown is suddenly finding out.

Thanks to the pandemic, the Queenslander has managed to keep a low profile in the build up to Tokyo, but not much for longer.

Most Australians may not know who she is just yet, but McKeown’s cover is about to be blown wide open if her jaw-dropping performances in the pool this season are anything to go by.

In the lead-up to the most anticipated Olympics in history, the 19-year-old from the Sunshine Coast has climbed to the number one ranking in the world in not one, not two, not three but four different events.

That doesn’t mean she’s a sure bet to win any gold medals because she’s going up against some of the most ferocious competitors in swimming history, but it has ensured her days out of the spotlight are numbered.

“My coach’s words are ‘fly under the radar’ but if you’re feeling vanilla you’ve got to go for it,” McKeown said.

“You’ve only got one shot at swimming, it’s a short career, so why not put up the best you can when you can.”

True to her word, McKeown’s been doing just that, setting the fastest times in the world this season in 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke, 200m individual medley and 400m individual medley.

A double silver medallist at the 2019 world championships, she broke the 200m backstroke world record at last year’s Australian short-course championships and at the Sydney Aquatic Centre on Saturday, she came within 0.06 seconds of breaking the 100m backstroke world record when she stopped the clock at 57.63.

“I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t expecting to come out and do that,” she said.

“When I looked at the time, I was like ‘surely not. Oh s**t’.”

McKeown’s performances haven’t gone unnoticed by her rivals.

American Regan Smith, who currently holds the world records for both 100m and 200m backstroke, sent the Australian a private message to tell her she was impressed.

McKeown’s coach Chris Mooney was also pleased, even though he knows one of the prices for sporting excellence is all the extra attention that brings.

“This is new territory for us, too, so we‘re definitely learning on the run, but it’s important to keep a lid on it and get back to the grind, because we haven’t got the job done yet,” he said.

“We‘re tracking well, we’re training well but we’re not doing anything more than what we need to do, we’re just doing our job.”

Mooney is already familiar with the suffocating pressure that the Olympics bring. He coached McKeown’s older sister Taylor to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she finished fifth in the 200m breaststroke final and won a silver medal in the medley relay.

Kaylee is seven years younger than Taylor but Mooney said he knew from the first time he started training her that she was up to the physical and mental challenges heading her way.

“She’s just not scared of pain. She takes her body and her mind and she punches through pain barriers like no one else that I’ve ever seen in my life,” he said.

“And God, she’s been training well over the last eight weeks.

“She’s no nonsense, she knows her job. She‘s the postman, she always delivers and the fact that there’s no fuss about the girl is really, really pleasing.”

Perhaps too good for her own good, McKeown has already had to make one agonising sacrifice – ditching the 400m individual medley from her Olympic plans, even though she’s currently more than two seconds faster than anyone else in the world this season.

The reason, her coach says, is she’s playing the odds without recklessly gambling.

The 400m individual medley is such a physically gruelling event that entering it will harm her chances in her other three races, so it makes sense to focus on the two backstroke distances, the shorter medley and the relays.

“One day we’ll test ourselves, we’ll find an event, whether it’s the Commonwealth Games or world championships and try to do the Iron Cross, which is the 400 IM, the 200 IM, the 100 back, the 200 back,” he said.

“But because it’s the Olympics and we’ve put a lot into this one, we’re focused on the events that we think we can be successful in because physiologically, it just takes too much out of you to be at peak performance for the other events.

“We‘re going to go there trying to win, so you’ve got to give yourself every chance and focus on controlling the controllables because this is going to be a very challenging Olympics.”

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AFL Round 10 Odds and Premiership, Brownlow Medal Betting Preview – 2021


The game of musical chairs at the head of TAB’s Rising Star market continues with Greater Western Sydney midfielder Tom Green charging to the top line of betting after the weekend’s action.

A 24-possession game against Richmond saw the Giants midfielder tighten from $7 into $4 and assume favouritism from Adelaide’s Lachlan Sholl, who is out to $6 after spending two weeks at the head of market.

Cody Weightman was the long-odds mover, plummeting from $101 into $51 after eye-catching display in the Western Bulldogs’ win over Port Adelaide, while one-time favourite Errol Gulden, who was as short as $3 in the early rounds, is out to $21 following news he will spend six weeks on the sidelines due to injury.

In Brownlow Medal betting, Marcus Bontempelli ($4.50), Christian Petracca ($5) and Dustin Martin ($5) remain the market leaders after all being among their team’s best in Round 9, while Cam Guthrie had his price slashed from $34 to $17 after 36 touches in Geelong’s win over St Kilda.

TAB RISING STAR MARKET

$4.00    Tom Green (GWS)

$6.00    Lachlan Sholl (Adel)

$7.00    Nik Cox (Ess)

              Chad Warner (Syd)

$9.00    Luke Jackson (Melb)

              Tom Powell (NM)

              James Jordon (Melb)

$11        Mitch Georgiades (Port)

$13        Riley Thilthorpe (Adel)

$15        Harrison Jones (Ess)

$21+      Others

TAB BROWNLOW MEDAL MARKET

 

$4.50    Marcus Bontempelli (WB)

$5.00    Dustin Martin (Rich)

              Christian Petracca (Melb)

$10        Jackson Macrae (WB)

$11        Hugh McCluggage (Bris)

$13        Travis Boak (Port)

              Sam Walsh (Carl)

$17        Nat Fyfe (Frem)

              Clayton Oliver (Melb)

              Max Gawn (Melb)

              Cam Guthrie (Geel)

              Ollie Wines (Port)

$21+      Others

TAB AFL PREMIERSHIP MARKET

 

$5.00    Melbourne

$5.50    Western Bulldogs

$6.00    Geelong

              Richmond

$7.00    Port Adelaide

$8.00    Brisbane

$12        West Coast

$17        Sydney

$34        Greater Western Sydney

$81        St Kilda

$101      Carlton

$151      Fremantle

$201      Adelaide

              Collingwood

              Essendon

$251      Gold Coast

$1001   Hawthorn

              North Melbourne

AFL Rd 10 MARKETS

 

Brisbane             $1.40

Richmond           $2.90

Carlton                $1.30

Hawthorn           $3.40

Geelong              $1.07

Gold Coast         $8.00

Adelaide             $5.75

Melbourne        $1.13

West Bulldogs   $1.30

St Kilda                $3.40

Fremantle          $1.85

Sydney                $1.95

GWS                    $1.90

West Coast        $1.90

Collingwood       $3.30

Port Adelaide    $1.32

Essendon            $1.33

North Melb        $3.25



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Can Carlton Blues’ Sam Walsh win the Brownlow Medal in 2021?


Sam Walsh is playing just his third season in the AFL.

But he has starred on multiple occasions for Carlton and showed his talents again on Sunday in the Blues’ win over Essendon.

This week on the Real Footy podcast, Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Greg Baum discuss the Blues and their young star, arguing that he has to be a contender for the Brownlow Medal this season.

And after a tough couple of weeks the Blues answered some of their critics by beating the Dons. Harry McKay has been a big contributor up forward, kicking five goals again in round seven. McKay’s contract is up at the end of the season, and though there may be some back and forth about the terms of his contract, there is good news for Blues fans: not only is he doing his negotiating on the field, there don’t seem to be offers coming from other clubs.

Meanwhile, the Demons are 7-0 after overcoming a tougher than expected test against cellar-dwellers North Melbourne. But they have a problem brewing. Up until now, their back line has set them apart in the race for premiership favouritism. But now they have lost Adam Tomlinson to injury, what will they do with their structure? Should Tom McDonald move back to defence? Who will come in to the team? And how important is it that Jake Lever and Steven May stay in their current roles?

The Bulldogs’ unbeaten run ended on Friday night at Richmond’s hands. They have a back line problem, but how worried should they be? And is moving Aaron Naughton the solution? The other lesson we learnt from Friday night is that the Tigers are still the benchmark. Their victory was signature Richmond: a comeback without Dustin Martin and a hamstrung Trent Cotchin. Plus, Shai Bolton is proving even more a star with every game he plays.

Meanwhile, the Pies have North Melbourne this weekend, whose percentage (49.2) is the worst after seven rounds since the 1955 Saints. At 1-6, the Pies are “one loss away from a crisis”. Are they playing Steele Sidebottom in the wrong position? Plus, Roos coach David Noble will coach against his son John this weekend – and the senior Noble will have a stern message for his match committee.

Plus, the Saints rebound, and what a difference a ruck makes, why Port Adelaide shouldn’t be worried after losing to Brisbane, and we remember Frank Costa, the former Geelong president who died on the weekend.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett says Latrell Mitchell should not have been suspended at all after four-week ban ruins Dally M Medal hopes


Bennett said the club had prepared for Mitchell to be hit with a grade-one charge for the Nofoaluma incident, in which the Rabbitohs fullback made contact with the Tigers winger’s head as he attempted to smother a kick before Daine Laurie’s try. Mitchell had his back turned at the time he made contact. Bennett said there was no malice in the incident.

Mitchell was placed on report as a result of the contact. He had carryover points, which meant he risked a four-game ban if he fought the charge at the judiciary and lost.

“People want to see these players and if they deserve suspension, I’m fine with that, but none of those three incidents deserved a suspension.”

Wayne Bennett

“It didn’t look great, but the end result there was no damage done to the player,” Bennett said. “Why did it go from a grade-one fine to a four-week suspension? There’s no way they can justify that.

“We would have accepted a grade one, and we expected it to be honest with you. I understand there’s things they want out of the game. People want to see these players and if they deserve suspension, I’m fine with that, but none of those three incidents deserved a suspension.”

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South Sydney officials were privately fuming Mitchell was charged for sliding in on Garner after a Tigers try, claiming there were other incidents on the weekend that were at least comparable – and if not worse – which didn’t attract match review committee charges.

Mitchell’s judiciary charges overshadowed one of the craziest finishes to a regular-season match in history, as Tigers No.7 Luke Brooks raced more than 100 metres to touch down as South Sydney players celebrated Tom Burgess’ golden point match winner at the other end.

The NRL bunker gave the green light to Burgess’ try as the competition heavyweights scraped past a gallant Tigers 18-14.

Bennett has switched winger Alex Johnston to fullback for the trip to the Gold Coast, with Jaxson Paulo coming on to the flank. Dane Gagai will start on the other wing and Steven Marsters has been added to the centres after veteran Josh Mansour suffered a hamstring problem.

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Australia’s Milly Tapper targeting Tokyo Paralympics medal in table tennis


She is ranked number three in the world.

She is a Commonwealth Games gold medallist, a world championships bronze medal winner and is now on target for a podium finish in Tokyo.

Milly Tapper will head to her third Paralympic Games in August with a history of achieving her goals.

“I find it quite fun to set myself goals and it’s always nice if you do get to check them off,” Tapper said.

“The last one I really want to check off is a medal at the Paralympic Games … we’ve been working very hard towards that.”

Tapper competed at the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio in 2016, becoming the first Australian athlete to achieve that feat in the same year.

“That came about as a childhood dream, to try and compete in table tennis for Australia,” she said.

Tapper initially only competed in able-bodied competition and was crowned Australian junior champion six times.

She was born with nerve damage in her right arm, resulting in Erb’s palsy. She has never considered it a disability.

“As I went through the years I tried qualifying about two or three times for the Olympics and missed out, several Commonwealth Games and missed out, then 2012 was my first Paralympic Games,” Tapper said.

“[That] Helped in terms of progress in international results and then come 2016 it was a very successful year for me — I qualified for both the Olympics and Paralympics and made it a dream come true.”

Tapper has a knack for making things sound easy, but the reality was very different in 2016.

“It was definitely pretty hectic,” she laughed.

“When I actually got to stop and switch off, that was when I really did feel it … thankfully I’ve got great people around me that help manage that.

“In the moment it is exciting, and you sort of just keep riding with all the adrenaline that comes with the Games.”

In Tokyo, Tapper’s focus will be solely on the Paralympic Games, where Australia will be taking its largest table tennis team in history, with 11 athletes having already qualified.

In the Class 10 classification in which Tapper competes, she is currently ranked number three in the world behind Poland’s Natalia Partyka and Australian teammate Yang Qian.

“I’ve done everything, given the circumstances as well over the last year, to put myself in the best position to [win a medal],” Tapper said.

“We’ll get over there and compete and see how we go, but regardless of the result I’ve absolutely loved in particular the last two years of training and preparation.”

With the assistance of an Australian Institute of Sport grant, the team has been able to train on eight newly purchased San-Ei tables, the same as those they will use in Tokyo.

“It definitely does make a difference … there’s been a lot of adjusting to that,” Tapper said.

“Some [tables] can be faster so the ball might slide through, or slower and the ball will stop, so it’s really good we have the opportunity to adjust.

“Everyone’s different in terms of their style and what they prefer … I would say [these tables] are slower so there’s an adjustment particularly for me.

“For example, the ball won’t come through, it will stop, so I need to remember to move forward more.”

The squad’s former tables will be donated to community groups, potentially enabling the next Milly Tapper to emerge.

“I started when I was eight years old in primary school at lunchtime sport for fun, so now I’ve been competing for close to 23 years,” Tapper said.

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Gumnut Patisserie beats 5,000 competitors to win prestigious Royal Easter Show President’s Medal


A country patisserie that designed some of its own equipment, produces near-zero waste, and invests heavily in apprentices has won the President’s Medal at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Gumnut Patisserie from the Southern Highlands of New South Wales beat 5,000 entries judged by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW to win Australia’s premier food award.

Owner Tracy Nickl is proud of his company’s win.

The medal is considered Australia’s premier food award due to the rigour of the judging process and the spread of entries across Australia.

Sustainability a key criteria

Judge Michael Bullen said Gumnut were judged the best tasting product in their category but also do an incredible job at producing a sustainable product by reducing waste to just one per cent by using green power, use specialised equipment, and looking for solutions to waste problems.

Gumnut Patisserie has won the President’s Medal at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.(

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“They focused on how they could batch mix with much less waste and on where their raw materials come through and how they can minimise that just-in-time use,” Mr Bullen said.

He said the company developed their own water recycling system for some European-designed equipment that did not have it, bought new ovens that use just one third of the energy, and installed a 50-kilowatt solar energy system for renewable energy.

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Gumnut Patisserie has trained some of Australia’s best pastry chefs.(

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The judge said they also invest a lot of time in training apprentices.

Aquaculture prominent

Two seafood companies made the list of five finalists, including Gold Coast Marine Aquaculture and Yumbah Aquaculture in Portland, Victoria.

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Green lipped abalone grown in aquaculture made it to the finals of the President’s Medal at the Sydney Royal Show.(

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Aquaculture has grown rapidly in Australia as wild fisheries globally are under threat, but there are also significant issues with land based fisheries as well.

Yumbah grow green lipped abalone in beds using seawater that is then filtered and pumped back out to the ocean.

Reducing water use

Two wineries are also on the list of finalists, and both are working hard to reduce the amount of water they use.

On average it takes three litres of water to make a litre of wine, but Shottesbrooke Chardonnay in the Adelaide Hills has reduced that to just 1.5 litres.

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Yumbah Aquaculture are using seawater to grow abalone and returning it clean to the ocean.(

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Mr Bullen said they custom-built a recycling system at the winery and used the water to grow trees after the water had been cleaned.

Just-in-time watering at the Heathcote winery near Bendigo, Victoria, saw them reach the finals, and enabled them to maintain production during the drought.

Finalist pate maker Julianne’s Kitchen from Hornsby in Sydney was recognised for their employment of local staff.

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Tokyo Olympics: Australian rugby’s gold medal defence takes blow, Ellia Green, Emma Tonegato, Chloe Dalton


Australia’s gold-medal sevens defence at Tokyo’s Olympics has taken a blow, with three of John Manenti’s best racing the clock to be fit for July’s Games.

Gold medal winners Emma Tonegato, Chloe Dalton and Ellia Green have all recently gone under the knife, with the former at biggest risk of missing the event.

Tonegato, who scored in Australia’s gold medal success over New Zealand in 2016 at Rio, required surgery on her left-shoulder following an accident at an internal trial.

“She’s going to be racing the clock,” head coach Manenti told foxsports.com.au.

Australia’s gold medal winners Ellia Green (left) and Chloe Dalton (right) are racing the clock to be fit for their Olympic defence. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: AAP

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Rare Zulu war medal heads for auction


A rare military campaign medal awarded to a British soldier at the famous Battle at Rorke’s Drift in South Africa, is expected to fetch thousands of dollars when it goes to auction in Sydney next week.

The battle was immortalised in the hit 1964 movie, ‘Zulu’, starring Michael Caine, which depicted how a small British force, outnumbered 40-to-one, held off thousands of Zulu warriors.

Their feat was marked by the award of 11 Victoria Crosses (VC) to Rorke’s Drift defenders – the highest military award in the Commonwealth.

A small contingent of 150 British troops held off a Zulu army of three to four thousand men at Rorke’s Drift. (Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville)

Seven of those were awarded to soldiers of the 2nd/24th Foot, South Welsh Borderers regiment – the most VCs ever given for a single action by one regiment.

A campaign medal awarded after the battle to Lance Sergeant John Key, of the 2nd, 24th Foot Regiment, will go under the hammer in Sydney next week.

Sydney auction house Noble Numismatics said medals awarded to the Rorke’s Drift defenders are highly sought after and have been sold for as much as $356,000.

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The John Key medal is in a collection of Anglo-Zulu War medals that is estimated to sell for at least $80,000.

The sale will be held at the Dixson Room, State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney, from Tuesday, March 23 to Thursday, March 25.

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Weitering caps rise with maiden Nicholls medal


“Last year, we asked Jacob to take the next step as a key defender and a leader. He not only welcomed that responsibility, he thrived on it,” Teague said.

“What is great about Jacob is how much he cares about making us a better football club. He pushes himself to compete and beat his opponents, he pushes his teammates to be better, leading from the front with his work ethic and his actions.

“He is now reaping the rewards of his hard work as we’ve seen, and as a football club we couldn’t be prouder to have Jacob crowned our 2020 John Nicholls medallist.”

Weitering averaged 11.1 disposals and 4.3 marks per game last year, while he repeatedly curbed some of the game’s best forwards in a year when he was also selected in the 40-man All-Australian squad.

Fellow backmen Liam Jones and Lachie Plowman completed the top five in the medal count, while co-captain Patrick Cripps, a three-time winner, finished ninth in a year when he battled injury and didn’t have his typical impact. Co-captain Sam Docherty finished seventh, completing a strong season upon returning from his latest serious knee injury.

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Walsh enjoyed a fine year on the wing and through the midfield, while Curnow was typically robust in the contest.

Meanwhile, North Melbourne pair Todd Goldstein and Jed Anderson have been sent for scans after each was hurt in Friday’s intra-club clash at Arden Street.

As Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley watched on with interest, Goldstein clutched his ribs after a heavy hit in the third quarter, while Anderson left the field in the first term with a calf injury. The Kangaroos open their home-and-away campaign against Port Adelaide at Marvel Stadium in four weeks.

Richmond premiership star Dion Prestia is in a race to be fit to face Carlton in round one, having hurt his hamstring.

CARLTON’S TOP 10 IN 2020

Jacob Weitering (137 votes)
Sam Walsh (126 votes)
Ed Curnow (103 votes)
Lachie Plowman (95 votes)
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Eugene Goodman and other US Capitol officers on course to receive Congressional Gold Medal


US Capitol Officer Eugene Goodman has been singled out for his efforts to save politicians during the January 6 riots, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she will sponsor legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to officers.

Ms Pelosi said officers who protected the Capitol deserved to be awarded the honour, as they were “martyrs for our democracy”.

Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was one of five who died after the January sixth attack, and more than 70 other officers were injured.

Congress commissions gold medals as its highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions.

At least two-thirds of the House and Senate must co-sponsor Congressional Gold Medal legislation before it is considered in a committee.

“Their accepting this award brings lustre to this medal,” Ms Pelosi said.

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Footage details the moments Officer Eugene Goodman lead the mob away from the chamber.

The legislation comes after another video of Officer Goodman’s heroism during the riots was made public during the impeachment trial of former-president Donald Trump.

Officer Goodman became a national hero after video shot by Huffington Post reporter Igor Bobic showed his response to rioters climbing the stairs near an entrance to the US Senate chamber.

With no other officers to be seen, he guided rioters away from the chamber.

The mob followed him into a room where other officers were waiting.

New footage has now show Officer Goodman guiding Republican senator Mitt Romney out of harm’s way.

Mr Romney said seeing the images of police officers fighting off violent insurrectionists brought tears to his eyes.

“That was overwhelmingly distressing and emotional,” he said.

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New footage reveals the moment an angry mob broke into Capitol Hill.

Asked about the video in which Officer Goodman tells Mr Romney to turn around, the senator said he did not know the identity of the officer until footage was shown during the impeachment trial.

“I look forward to thanking him when I next see him,” he said.

“I was very fortunate indeed that Officer Goodman was there to get me in the right direction.”

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