Olympics: Golf Makes Games Return As Aussie Teen Stars In Pool

Olympics: Golf makes Games return as Aussie teen stars in pool

RIO DE JANEIRO,(APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 11th Augst,2016) - Golf prepared to make its controversial return to the Olympics on Thursday after another dramatic day in the pool which saw Australia's new teenage sensation Kyle Chalmers win the blue riband 100m freestyle gold. Brazilian professional Adilson da Silva was due to hit the first Olympic golf shot for 112 years at 7:30 am (1030 GMT) on a Rio course that has a caiman crocodile or two hiding among the traps. The world's top four players -- Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy -- have all controversially stayed away citing fears about the Zika virus, already raising doubts about the sport's future in the Games but making for a wide open field. "It's great they have given an exemption to the gold medal winner to the four majors," said reigning Masters champion Danny Willett, among this week's favorites. On Wednesday, Chalmers, the 18-year-old swimming sensation, became the first Australian in 48 years to win the prestigious 100m freestyle.

The teenager hit the wall in 47.58 seconds, just 22 hundredths ahead of Belgium's Pieter Timmers and American Nathan Adrian, the 2012 champion, who took bronze. Chalmers is the first Australian to win the 100m free since Mike Wenden in Mexico City in 1968.

But he did not realize it had been so long. "I actually had no idea about that to be honest with you," he said. "I'm someone that probably doesn't follow swimming too much. "I kind of stay away and follow basketball and soccer and football.

I know that we've been beaten a few times." His victory came as American Katie Ledecky sealed her third gold medal of the Games, anchoring the United States team home in the 4x200m relay. She already has the 200m and 400m freestyle titles in Rio.