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Congrats 4 x medallist @JaredTallent #Silver #AUS champion on so many fronts @7olympics #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/Mha5lCUPQL

— Jim Wilson (@JimWilsonTV) August 19, 2016

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With four athletics finals on day fourteen of the Games, Australians are set to feature in all four of them.

It’s a big day for the Tallent family today as both Jared and Rachel race in Olympic competition on the same day.

Jared Tallent (SA) has the chance to create Australian Olympic history today in the 50km race walk which kicks off at 21:00 (AEST) – a medal will take him past Stan Rowley (three bronze in 1900) as Australia’s most decorated male track and field athlete at the Games. If he wins, he joins Shirley Strickland (80m hurdles 1952/56) to win back-to-back gold medals.

Tallent will be joined by veteran Chris Erickson (Vic) who races in his third straight Games but for the first time in his preferred 50km event. The 34-year-old will be search for a top 10 finish to better his best international result which came with a 16th at the world championships in Moscow in 2013.

Brandon Reading (ACT) will line up against his coach – Chris Erickson – in his Olympic debut. He smashed his personal best by 24 minutes at the selection race in December to make the team and will be in just his third journey over the 50km distance.

Our Aussie walkers complete their Games with a full contingent in the women’s 20km walk. Tanya Holliday (SA) is the 7th fastest Australian of all-time and joins Regan Lamble (VIC) and Rachel Tallent (VIC) is the race for a top 20 finish. Lamble returns after finishing 16th in London, whilst Tallent gets to race at the Games for the first time, she was in Beijing as a 16-year-old to watch Jared win silver and bronze.

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