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Meares in tears, teams crash

AAP logoAAP 15/08/2016 By Paul Mulvey

Anna Meares has led a list of brutal, emotional Olympic exits in Rio on another day without an Olympic medal for Australia.

After four Olympics and six medals, Meares had to face the ignominy of a ride-off for ninth to 12th in the women's sprint in her last race in Rio, and most probably of her Olympic cycling career.

Australia's flagbearer ended up 10th and in a flood of tears, admitting it wasn't the way she wanted to leave the Games.

"I have to admit that's pretty brutal, riding off for ninth to 12th, it only happens at the Olympics," she said.

She won the sprint in London, but said she had nothing left in her legs after a three-event campaign in Rio which produced a bronze in the keirin.

Meares says she'll wait a week before deciding whether to ride on.

Tears also flowed at the water polo and hockey as Australia's women's teams both crashed out in the quarter-finals.

The water polo women suffered Australia's second penalty shootout heartbreak of the Games, following the soccer team's dramatic loss to Brazil last week.

Australia and Hungary were locked at 8-8 at fulltime and, going straight to a shootout, the Hungarians won the cut-throat thriller 5-4 after Australian captain Bronwen Knox missed her shot.

Australia had led at each break and were 8-6 ahead late in the final quarter, but couldn't hold on.

Vice-captain Rowie Webster rued the penalty shootout as a bad way to end such a crucial match.

"You fight for four quarters and then it comes down to slotting a goal," she said.

"The one player feels bad for letting the team down but that's not the case; it's a team sport."

The Hockeyroos have followed the men's team out of the Games in the quarter-finals, going down 4-2 to arch rival New Zealand.

Meanwhile, former world champion Dani Samuels has held her nerve to power into the women's discus final.

Samuels needed to throw at least 62m on her final throw to guarantee a spot in Tuesday's final (0020 Wednesday AEST) and responded with a big throw of 64.46m.

Australians Madeline Heiner-Hills and Genevieve LaCaze both finished in the top 10 in the women's 3000m steeplechase.

Australia will have two medal chances at the sprint kayak finals on Tuesday after Murray Stewart qualified fastest for the K1 1000m final, while Alyssa Bull and Alyce Burnett advanced in the K2 500m.

A guaranteed sailing medal on Monday was put on hold when the final race of the Laser was put back a day due to a lack of wind.

Tom Burton goes into the medal race on Tuesday in second place, 10 points behind Tonci Stipanovic, but needs to finish five places ahead of the Croatian to snatch the gold.

Australia's 49er sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen put themselves back into medal contention, climbing to third overall after three good races on Monday.

But, at 33 points behind New Zealand leaders Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, the best they could hope for is silver.

Stuck on six gold medals for two days, Australia sits in ninth place on the medals table.

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