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Top five will be tough says Chiller

AAP logoAAP 14/08/2016 By Paul Mulvey

Team boss Kitty Chiller admits a top five finish will be tough to achieve as Australia's Olympics splutter along at the halfway mark.

The men's hockey team is the latest to epitomise Australia's Rio Olympics - world champions, world No.1, hot favourites. No medal.

They were humiliated 4-0 by the Netherlands in Sunday's quarter-final to continue Australia's men's hockey curse.

The Australians hold every major title in hockey except the Olympic crown, just as they did before the 2012 Games in London where they finished with bronze.

"It's only the cauldron of the Olympics that really tests," coach Graham Reid said.

"The Olympic Games is a different pressure."

Flagbearer and cycling great Anna Meares came close to joining them out of the Games when she survived a repechage to reach Monday's second round of the women's sprint, the event she won in London.

Matthew Glaetzer lost his bronze medal ride-off in the men's sprint to give Australia its first day in Rio without a medal.

Six gold medals after nine days of the Games has Australia sitting ninth on the medals table and requiring plenty of shocks in the second week to meet its aim of 16 gold.

But chef de mission Chiller still sees hope in week two, in which she says Australia historically wins 5.6 gold medals, which would still be well short of the 16 expected for a top five finish.

"It's the Olympic Games, it's damn tough here," Chiller said.

"It's going to be a stretch and we've said that all along that top five and 15-16 gold medals ain't going to be easy. And we've seen that.

"It's always been an aspirational goal, we still have the potential to get there or get close to it."

She said the team is at least well placed to top its eight gold in London 2012, Australia's worst Olympic performance in 20 years.

"We're in a miles better place than we were in London," she said.

"We've got four gold medals more, and three overall medals more than we were in this place in London with some very exciting prospects coming in week two."

She's pinning her hopes on a couple of gold medals from sailing, while the men's sprint canoe K4, BMX rider Caroline Buchanan, 50km walk defending champion Jared Tallent and show jumper Edwina Tops-Alexander are all capable of gold.

Annette Edmondson is a medal chance in the women's omnium in track cycling, while the women's water polo team represents the best chance for gold among the team sports.

Tom Burton will sail for gold in the Laser on Monday but needs to finish five places ahead of Croatia's fleet leader Tonci Stipanovic.

Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin had been leading the standings in the Nacra 17 class but a disastrous final race in which they finished 17th dropped them to fourth overall going into Tuesday's double-points medal race.

In the men's 470 class, Mat Belcher and Will Ryan are still in second place with three races to go.

Marcus Fraser slipped from third overnight to tie for fifth in the golf tournament won by Justin Rose.

At the athletics, Brandon Starc has qualified for Tuesday night's high jump final (Wednesday AM AEST).

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