Weekend Write up: Six Straight for Dylan Alcott
Monday, 03 February 2020
Tennis titles, triple rainbows, national debuts and international retirements highlight the weekend in VIS sport.
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Wheelchair Tennis | Six in a row for Dylan Alcott at Melbourne Park
Dylan Alcott has proven to be unbeatable at Melbourne Park in 2020, winning his sixth consecutive Australian Open singles title.
Alcott took down the world number 2 Andy Lapthorne in straight sets 6-0, 6-4, and sent his competitor a clear warning that his Paralympic gold would not be up for the taking in August this year.
In front of a roaring 8,000-strong crowd in Rod Laver Arena, Alcott said he played his “best ever tennis” to claim the win.
“This feels awesome. I’m really proud of how I played, and in fact it’s the best final I’ve ever played,” said the 29-year-old.
The victory was also extra sweet for Alcott, after suffering a defeat from his British Rival at the US Open, while trying to win a calendar Grand Slam in New York last year.
Cycling | Petricola’s Triple Rainbows in Canada
It was a triple Canadian treat for Victoria's Emily Petricola who stunned the 2020 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Milton by winning three rainbow jerseys in one day.
Petricola, 39, took gold in her pet event, the individual pursuit, before storming to win the scratch race gold only two hours later, which in turn secured her overall victory in the omnium.
"Today was a pretty unbelievable day, I still can't believe that it has worked out like this!" said Petricola, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis twelve years ago at the age of 27.
Petricola opened her 2020 Track Worlds campaign by finishing just two tenths off a second off the 500m time trial podium in fourth, before taking second in the 200m time trial (not a World Championship event). Notably, Canada's Kate O'Brien won gold in both events in world record time.
Unfortunately, Alistair Donohoe (VIC) was unable to defend his C5 individual pursuit crown after crashing in his qualifying heat after clipping a foam pad. Although only suffering abrasions after sliding on the boards, Donohoe was unable to finish his heat and did not progress to the finals.
Donohoe found redemption however on the final day of competition when he stormed to the scratch race gold.
Hockey Men’s | Kookaburras put Great Britain to the sword in Sydney
The Kookaburras have produced a scintillating attacking display to thrash Great Britain 5-1 in their FIH Pro League match in Sydney to move up to third position on the table.
The Kookaburras victory complimented the previous day having fought back from two goals down to secure an incredible 3-1 penalty shootout win against Great Britain after scores were locked 4-4 at full time in their FIH Pro League encounter at the Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre.
The Kookaburras had looked in complete control throughout the first half, with debutant Nathan Ephraums lively in attack.
The 20 year old fashioned three decent early chances, one an impressive reverse stick effort that tested the reflexes of Great Britain goalkeeper Harry Gibson.
Hockey Women’s | Hockeyroos awarded the points after match cancelled
The Hockeyroos have taken maximum points from their two FIH Pro League encounters against Great Britain after persistent lighting and thunderstorms saw Sunday’s second match cancelled.
After an initial 45 minute delay because of lightning with six minutes to go in the second quarter and Great Britain leading 1-0, the players returned to complete the first half only for the match to again be halted a minute before the second half was set to resume.
A lengthy delay ensued as the storm continued until the FIH Chief Executive Officer eventually made the decision to abandon the game, meaning it is considered cancelled.
As stipulated in the FIH regulations, if one of the two matches played between two teams is cancelled prior to the commencement of the fourth quarter, the winner of the other match will receive double points.
Thus the Hockeyroos come away from the weekend with the maximum six points after winning Saturday’s match 2-1.
Athletics | Robinson breaks the Australian half marathon record
Brett Robinson has broken the Australian half marathon record at the Marugame Half Marathon with 59:57.
Rowing | Two-time Olympic medallist Karsten Forsterling retires after 20 year rowing career
Olympic silver and bronze medallist and former World Champion, Karsten Forsterling, has announced his retirement from rowing.
Forsterling represented Australia at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, as well as multiple World Rowing Championships in a rowing career that has spanned over two decades.
Para-Triathlon | Naess backs up gold with silver
VIS’ Kate Naess backed up last weekend Oceania Championship victory In the PTS5 Women with a second at the 2XU Triathlon series in Elwood.
Last week, Næss (nee Doughty) had a solid hit-out ahead of next month’s Devonport World Paratriathlon Series, notching up her first win of the season with a time of 01:13:12.