“All these folks ready within the stadium … I could not communicate, I did not know the place to go.”
Requested if she wanted something, Saville’s reply was pure desolation. “A gun to shoot myself.” This felt like a second we’ll keep in mind for a protracted, very long time.
However elsewhere – the enjoyment of victory! Inside hours of one another, Jenny Armstrong and Belinda Stowell received the ladies’s 470 class occasion, adopted by Tom King and Mark Turnbull within the males’s equal.
These have been Australia’s first gold medals in crusing since 1972 – and the primary ever by an Aussie lady. What higher place to do it than the wonderful Sydney Harbour?
Freeman upstaged as Jones does the dash double
It appears like the entire nation remains to be on a excessive after Cathy Freeman’s 400m gold the opposite day. However Australia’s latest hero needed to swimsuit up once more for the 200m – the place she was upstaged by American Marion Jones, who has spent most of her week supporting her shot-putter husband CJ Hunter as he denied doping allegations.
Jones claimed the win in 21.84 seconds, making her the primary Olympic athlete in 12 years to do the dash double. Freeman completed again in seventh place, with Melinda Gainsford-Taylor sixth.
“There was some robust competitors on the market,” was the sum complete of Freeman’s post-race evaluation.
Perec breaks her silence
Nonetheless on Cathy, and her nice rival Marie-Jose Perec – who, you may recall, fled Sydney simply earlier than the Olympics – has detailed her Australian expertise in an interview with French sports activities newspaper L’Equipe.
“There wasn’t a day that I wasn’t tracked like an animal, actually,” she mentioned. “Folks made threatening gestures. A number of instances I went to a grocery store and every time there have been issues. I used to be actually afraid, that is what made me depart.
“The one factor I’m 100 per cent positive of is that I’ll by no means once more set foot over there.”
We’ll see if she sticks to that. As for Freeman’s instantly-famous win within the 400m? “I feel I’d have run lower than 49 seconds,” she mentioned – feedback which drew a reasonably robust rebuke from Australian head coach Chris Wardlaw, who mentioned Perec was “not right here and never related, and she or he is just not value commenting on.”
Ciggie-smoking, pizza-eating legend claims silver
Sticking with the world of athletics, and Australia has a brand new cult hero: ‘Leaping’ Jai Taurima, who claimed silver within the males’s lengthy bounce.
The 28-year-old is the rarest of items. He smokes a pack of cigarettes a day, eats pizza twice per week, spends hours upon hours taking part in video video games and as soon as vomited on the Prime Minister’s garden in Canberra after what Herald author Roy Masters described as an “night of celebration”.
Taurimo took the lead together with his second-last bounce of eight.49m, however was overtaken on the dying by Cuba’s Ivan Pedroso.
Boomers beat Italy however Hockeyroos lose on penalties
It was a blended evening for a few of Australia’s workforce sports activities contingent. The Kookaburras – the boys’s hockey workforce – have been overwhelmed 5-Four on penalty strokes by the Netherlands after a Zero-Zero draw within the semi-final.
Poor Brent Livermore took the ultimate penalty, however his effort was batted away by Dutch ‘keeper Ronald Jansen, and he crumpled to the bottom in despair.
Our basketballers additionally had a nervy end however managed to provide you with the products in a 65-62 conquer Italy within the males’s quarter-finals. Veteran Andrew Gaze was the principle man for Australia with 22 of his 27 factors coming within the second half, together with two free throws with 11 seconds on the clock to get the hosts residence. The Boomers will now tackle France within the semis.
Vince is a sports activities reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.