Australia’s men’s hockey team secured a medal after a thrilling win over Germany – along with the ballet-dancing Australian boxer who is also sure to win at least a bronze
- The Australian hockey team the Kookaburras defeated Germany to take the last medal win
- The Kookaburras will play for the gold medal against Belgium on Thursday evening
- Australian boxer Harry Garside also walks away with a medal on Thursday
- Garside fights Cuba on Thursday and the winner fights for gold on Friday
- Australia’s first boxing medal in 30 years since ‘Spike’ Cheney’s silver in Seoul
- Read the latest Olympic news in Tokyo, including schedule, medal table and results here
The Kookaburras play in the men’s hockey final at the Olympics after beating Germany 3-1.
World No.1 Australia will compete against Belgium for the gold medal in Tokyo on Thursday evening.
Tim Brand and Blake Govers were on target in a pulsating semi-final, scoring on either side of German Lukas Windfeder’s equalizing goal.
Lachlan Sharp took the win 90 seconds before time on a break from Kookaburras.
It means Australia will play its first Games final since 2004 in Athens, the only time they have won Olympic gold.
Lachlan Sharp (pictured) of Australian men’s hockey team the Kookaburras celebrating their semi-final victory against Germany
The game started at a furious pace and the Kookaburras struck after seven minutes when Govers chose to take the air route.
Flynn Oglivie brilliantly brought the ball down for Brand to poach his fifth goal of the competition at close range.
Australia’s joy was cut short, however, as Germany reacted from a penalty corner within three minutes.
Windfeder is one of the best in the business in such situations, beating Oglivie’s attempt to level the goal line.
Tom Wickham’s outburst provided Oglivie with a shot that pushed German goalkeeper Alexander Stadler over a post.
World No. 1 the Kookaburras (photo) will play for gold on Thursday when they take on Belgium
Andrew Charter was also busy on the other side of denying Timm Herzbruch twice and keeping Windfeder out.
Australia regained the lead four minutes before half-time when Govers pushed into a low penalty corner.
It was Govers’ 96th goal in 110 international appearances and his seventh at the Tokyo Games.
Govers was thwarted from another penalty corner by a brilliant stop by Stadler before Germany began to dominate.
Constantin Staib came close in the last quarter, but Australia defended for their lives and sealed the goalless victory in the German net.
Wickham went ahead and crossed to Sharp to put the finishing touches on an empty goal.
Australian boxer Harry Garside (pictured) has won an Olympic medal, 30 years since ‘Spike’ Cheney’s light welterweight silver in Seoul 1988
India and Germany will play for the bronze on Thursday morning.
This is because Harry Garside is assured of Australia’s first Olympic boxing medal in over 30 years, and possibly the country’s first gold, after the lightweight Kazakhstan defeated Zakir Safiullin in a thrilling split-decision quarter-final in Tokyo.
The qualified plumber, 24, will add at least a Games bronze to his 2018 Commonwealth gold as both semi-final losers in boxing take third place.
Garside won 3-2, splitting each round 3-2 between the five judges, a frenzied final round that made its way to the shock of the brave Kazakhstani, who is 10 years his senior.
Garside, who has turned ballet into his training regimen to improve his footwork and balance, let out a roaring “yes, come on” when the decision had its way.
Australia has not won an Olympic boxing medal since Grahame ‘Spike’ Cheney’s light welterweight silver in Seoul 1988.
Featherweight Skye Nicolson, who played a rendition of ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie’ from the stands during the final round of Garside on Tuesday, came desperately close when she lost a split decision in the Tokyo quarter-finals last week.
Australia’s final live boxing hope in Tokyo will face Cuba’s two-time world champion Andy Cruz on Friday, the winner fighting for gold on Sunday.
Cruz won impressively in the previous 4-1 fight against Wanderson de Oliveira of Brazil.