Aussie Gold Rush in London?

Picture: Getty Images/Vladimir Rys
Australia won gold in the Women's 4 x 200m freestyle relay in 2008. Picture: Getty Images/Vladimir Rys
Australia’s 410 strong Olympic team heads to London with hopes of collecting another bumper medal haul and finishing in the top five nations on the medal table. Although our swimming team will struggle to maintain the incredibly high standard that it has set over the past decade or more, they should still collect several gold medals. World 100m freestyle champion James Magnussen  and triple Beijing gold medallist Stephanie Rice are likely to lead the charge, with the latter fancied to retain her title in the Women’s 200m individual medley.

World 100m hurdle champion Sally Pearson  is still favourite for the event despite suffering a shock defeat at the Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace, but Steve Hooker  faces a tough task capturing gold in the pole vault again after his 2008 heroics.

There are high expectations for our sailing team – led by multiple world champion Tom Slingsby  in the Laser class – and rowing team, which collected two gold medals four years ago. Drew Ginn – who won gold in 1996, 2004 and 2008 – is part of the Men’s Four  team that is expected to challenge Great Britain after ending their dominance of the event at the Munich World Cup in June.

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