UPDATE Australia has fallen to third place on the medal tally at the end of day two, but finished another promising day in Rio with two bronze medals and a gold.
Late on Sunday night local time, the men’s 4×100 metre relay team in the pool came third, despite expectations that they could take gold.
Earlier in the day, Olympic debutant Catherine Skinner won the gold medal in the women’s trap shooting at the Rio 2016 Games. The Victorian hit 12 of 15 targets, one more than her opponent in the gold-medal match, and described the win as “surreal”.
Skinner progressed through the semi-final shooting 14 of 15 targets to finalise her place in the final match.
The 26-year-old Victorian – barely mentioned in pre-Games medal speculation – displayed nerves of steel after being down by two shots against New Zealander Natalie Rooney going into the final round.
The win brings Australia’s medal tally to three gold and three bronze.
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“It’s one of those things that you say in the mirror before it all happens going ‘yeah it’s going to happen, it will!’ But at the moment it really happened? It’s really hard to describe just how surreal this is,” Skinner said.
The win makes her Australia’s fifth gold medallist in trap shooting.
Barely an hour after that result came another green and gold bolt – divers Maddison Keeney and Annabelle Smith took bronze in the pool.
Keeney and Smith catapulted their way into medal contention with a final dive scoring 71.10 to jump from fifth to third in the synchronised 3m springboard diving.
The remaining bronze medal came in the 4x100m freestyle relay.
James Magnussen, James Roberts, Kyle Chalmers and Matthew Abood narrowly pipped Russia for third place, as Michael Phelps led the United States to the gold medal.
Australia have collected three gold medals and the bronze in the first two days in Rio.