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Evening session in Rio (Friday morning in Australia)

Damien Birkenhead will return for the first final of the evening session in the shot put.

Cedric Dubler completes the last two events in the decathlon – javelin and 1500m. The 21-year-old has been working on his 1500m so is hoping for a big finale, in search of a top ten finish.

The semis of the men’s 1500m will be a cutthroat affair and the in-form Ryan Gregson will have Australia on their feet, willing him home with that trademark finishing kick.

Gregson’s best of 3:31.06 from 2010 stands as the Australian record, and his recent form certainly suggests he is back in PB shape. After his first round run, Gregson alluded to the challenges that have impacted him in recent years.

“I’ve been through a lot of setbacks the last 5 years. I don’t really talk about it so no-one really knows it’s been going on. But I just put my head down and had faith that I have another opportunity.”

That opportunity is now here, and Gregson has his sights set firmly on making the final in his second Olympic Games.

Australia has a proud history in this event, dating back to Edwin Flack winning gold in Athens in 1896 and the great Herb Elliot emulating this feat in Rome in 1960. Despite this, we haven’t had a finalist for 40 years, sinceGraham Crouch in 1976. Will 2016 be the year?

The women’s javelin qualifying yesterday delivered highlights and lowlights, and of the Special K’s as they are affectionately known – Kim Mickle (WA), Kathryn Mitchell (Vic) and Kelsey-Lee Roberts (ACT), it was only Mitchell who progressed to the women’s javelin final.

This is Mitchell’s second consecutive Olympic javelin final, an achievement only matched by Louise McPaul (1992 and 1996 where she won silver).

I’m in good shape and have been throwing well all year. I needed to be in the final and I’m there, so a new competition starts on Thursday (Rio time),” Mitchell said after qualifying.

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