Athletics SA members have performed very well at the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.
Leading the South Australian charge was reigning Olympic Champion, Jared Tallent, who produced a stirring performance in the 50km walk to clinch the silver medal after leading between 40km and 48km. The result secures Jared's status as Australia's most successful track and field athlete at the Olympic Games.
19 year old debutant, Kurtis Marschall, performed exceptionally well in the pole vault qualifying, finishing with a clearance of 5.60m. This placed Kurtis in 10th position in his group and 15th overall in qualifying. With the top 12 advancing to the final, Marschall missed qualifying on a countback.
Also making her Olympic debut was Tanya Holliday in the 20km race walk. Tanya finished in 26th position with a time of 1:34:22.
Dual Olympian, Jess Trengove, overcame a preparation plagued with injury to finish in 22nd position in a time of 2:31:44. Trengove improved on her 38th position from London 2012.
Brisbane based long jumper, Chelsea Jaensch, finished 10th in her qualifying group with a best leap of 6.41m to finish 10th in her group and 17th overall on debut. Also now based in Brisbane is Henry Frayne who qualified for the long jump final before producing a best jump of 8.06m to finish in 7th position.
Attention now turns to the upcoming Paralympics.