AUSTRALIA’S RISING STARS
(Swimming) Rising star? More like proven medal winner, but given that she is just 17 and has shaved 12 seconds off her 400m time in two years, the winner of the 400m and 800m freestyle double showed there is still boundless potential to be tapped.
Pool legend Tracey Wickham believes Titmus will be at her peak at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
As tough as fellow Launceston sporting star David Boon, she is made for the high pressure world of Olympic sport.
(Basketball) Dubbed “the future of the Opals” by coach Sandy Brondello, the gifted 18year-old looks made for the big time following her seamless transition to international basketball. If Liz Cambage is the new Lauren Jackson then Magbegor is the new Cambage. One great player does not make a team so Magbegor’s development is crucial for the Opals.
(Cycling) At 19, he is only just old enough to ride for Australia due to a quirky age rule but he helped Australia snatch a world record in the team pursuit with a cavalier performance.
Such is his maturity and leadership ability that he is already being called the team captain even though he is the baby of the side.
(Walking) The heart-wrenching disqualification of Claire Tallent masked the stunning emergence of this 20-year-old from Melbourne in just her third attempt at the 20km event.
She won gold. She was just a few metres behind Tallent, who was disqualified, to stamp herself as a walker with an Olympic future.