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Evening session in Rio (Saturday morning in Australia)

Two-time Commonwealth champion Alana Boyd (Qld) made easy work of the pole vault qualifying round with a 4.55m clearance to progress to the final in eighth, but will require a big effort in the women’s pole vault final.

This is Boyd’s third Olympic Games, and second time in the final having finished 11th in London in 2012. The 32-year-old set a new Australian record of 4.81m in July, and will be hoping to replicate that same form to put herself amongst the world’s best contenders.

The Australian women’s 4x400m team hits the track for the sudden-death heats, looking to advance straight to the final. The team will be led by individual 400m representatives Morgan Mitchell (VIC) and Anneliese Rubie(NSW) who both made the semi-finals. Jess Thornton (NSW) had a great world under 20 champs last month, producing a new PB and a 4th place in the final. Monica Brennan (VIC), Caitlin Sargent (QLD), and Lauren Wells (ACT) would be expected to be the choice for the fourth spot.

Madeline Hills (NSW), Genevieve LaCaze (VIC) and Eloise Wellings (NSW) will race in the final of the women’s 5000m. All three of these athletes have been in sensational form at these Games, with Wellings placing 10th in the 10,000m final, and Hills seventh and LaCaze ninth in the women’s 3000m steeplechase final. Can our Aussie trio do it again in the women’s 5000m final?

The day concludes with the excitement of the men’s and women’s 4x100m relay finals.

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