A morning gold rush on Wednesday saw Australia equal its most successful Olympic day for first place finishes ever.
In a single hour of day five of competition, Australia won three gold medals.
The first came courtesy of the women’s fours rowing crew which finished ahead of the Netherlands and Ireland.
Minutes later, Ariarne Titmus continued her dominance in the pool with a win in the 200m freestyle.
The men’s fours rowing crew of Alexander Purnell, Spencer Turrin, Jack Hargreaves and Alexander Hill set a new Olympic record to finish an extraordinary hour of competition.
Australia also added four bronze medals to its tally yesterday, with podium finishes in the men’s road cycling individual time trial, the men’s 4×200 freestyle relay and both the men’s and women’s quadruple scull squads.
It’s the fifth time Australia has won three golds in a day, with similar hauls in 2004, 1956, 2000 and 2008.
Australia last won three gold medals in a single day on day 10 of the Beijing Games, with two wins in the sailing and one in the triathlon.
Our most successful Olympic day ever was day 8 of the 2004 Athens games, when Australia won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals.