AUS­TRALIA’S RIS­ING STARS

The Western Star - - SPORT - Robert Crad­dock

Ari­arne Tit­mus

(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.

Ezi Mag­be­gor

(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.

Kel­land O’Brien

(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.

Jemima Mon­tag

(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.

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