Aussie Medal Hopes Day 1

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Stephanie Rice won 3 gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Picture: Michael Dodge/Herald Sun
Stephanie Rice  appears to be Australia’s best hope of a gold medal on the opening day of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where she will be looking to defend her title in the Women’s 400m Individual Medley. The 24 year old is the fifth fastest woman in the event this year, but has a strong pedigree at major meetings having collected a bronze medal at both the 2009 and 2011 World Championships in addition to her victory in the event in Beijing.

Australia’s Women’s 4 x 100m Freestyle relay team is expected to be in the mix for a medal in the final, while youngster Thomas Fraser-Holmes  is an outside medal chance in the Men’s 400m Individual medley against superstars Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps.

The first cycling gold medallist will also be crowned on the opening day of the Games, with Australia sending out a five man squad. Matt Goss  is considered the nation’s best hope of a medal in the event having finished on the podium on five occasions during the recently completed Tour de France. 

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