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Boomers make a big statement in Rio

AAP logoAAP 17/08/2016 By Paul Mulvey and Steve Larkin

Australia's basketballers have stood up where others fell to make a serious statement about their Olympic gold medal chances.

The in-form Boomers were expected to be troubled by Lithuania but thrashed the world's third ranked nation 90-64 in their quarter final on Wednesday.

Australia collected no medals on day 12 of competition - the only prospects were women's long jumper Brooke Stratton, who finished seventh, and in the men's 470 sailing, which was postponed a day because of insufficient winds.

Australia remain with seven gold, eight silver and nine bronze but the Boomers are just one win away from a gold medal match, probably against the United States.

"We now believe," centre Andrew Bogut said after dismantling Lithuania.

"We believe we can beat teams. I've been in teams before when you say all that, but there's that doubt still there. But we believe we can beat teams, so we come in with that mindset.

"We want to go as far as we can go. The goal for us has always been the gold medal."

They dominated the Lithuanians from the outset, with Matthew Dellavedova nailing three three-pointers in the first quarter, while Patty Mills led the scoring with 24 points.

As other Australian teams in Rio have crashed at or before the quarter-finals, the basketballers have a chance of matching the women's rugby gold medallists.

Meanwhile, kayakers Lachlan Tame and Beijing gold medallist Ken Wallace entrenched themselves among the medal favourites in the men's K2 1000m with a strong semi-final victory at Lagoa Stadium.

Wallace said the two hit-outs gave him confidence about their form.

"The most nervous race at the Olympic Games is always the first one," he said ahead of Thursday's final.

The BMX competition opened up on Wednesday with Australia's medal hopes Sam Willoughby and Caroline Buchanan both riding well in seeding runs.

Buchanan qualified second quickest in the women, while London silver medallist Willoughby was the third-fastest in the men's, giving them good gates for Thursday's quarter-finals.

In the first round of the women's golf tournament, Australia's Minjee Lee birdied three of the last four holes to card a two-under 69 to sit tied 11th, four shots behind clubhouse leader Inbee Park.

Fellow Australian Su Oh carded an even-par 71.

Edwina Tops-Alexander and Matt Williams have qualified for the final round of the individual showjumping competition as they eye Australia's first Olympic medals in the equestrian discipline.

But weather again intervened at the sailing with Mat Belcher and Will Ryan's chase for gold in the 470 class pushed back to Thursday due to a lack of wind.

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