Birkdale’s Coutts hauls most medals 

Dana Vollmer, left, of the United States congratulates Birkdale’s Alicia Coutts after Australia won silver in the 100m medley relay behind the US on Sunday. US swimmer Missy Franklin congratulates Leisel Jones while US’s Allison Schmitt and Emily Seebohm hug after the race. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images Silver medallists, from left, Emily Seebohm, Leisel Jones, Alicia Coutts and Melanie Schlanger celebrate on the podium after the medal ceremony for the 100m medley relay final on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Wellington Point gymnast Larrissa Miller puts in a strong performance on the uneven bars in the artistic gymnastics women’s team qualification on Day 2.

BIRKDALE’S Alicia Coutts will bring home five Olympic medals the highest won by a swimmer at the London Games.

Her medal haul also equals the Australian record held by Ian Thorpe and Shane Gould for the most medals at a single Olympics.

After helping Australia win its only gold of the games so far in the 100m freestyle relay, Alicia won bronze in the 100m butterfly, silver in the 200m individual medley and silver in the 200m freestyle relay.

She won her fifth medal, another silver, in the 100m medley relay – the last women’s event in the pool on Sunday morning.

She was swimming with Emily Seebohm, Leisel Jones, and Melanie Schlanger, and the team was coming fourth at the halfway point but made ground on Alicia’s butterfly leg.

The United States won the gold in a world-record time and Japan claimed the bronze.

The Americans clocked 3:52.05 seconds, eclipsing China’s former record of 3:52.19, with Australia finishing in 3:54.02.

Another Redland athlete who put in an outstanding performance at the Olympics in the first week was Wellington Point’s gymnast Larrissa Miller.

Unfortunately, her dazzling performance on the uneven bars garnering her the best score of 14.025, was not enough to stop her team being eliminated.

The Aussie women’s gymnastics team bowed out from the final round of the teams competition after qualifying 10th on July 30.

The Volleyroos, led by Capalaba’s Thomas Edgar, had to defeat the world No.3 seeds Poland in this morning’s match to keep their quarter-finals alive.

The Aussies, ranked No.22, have won only one of their four matches, losing to Argentina 0-3, Bulgaria 0-3 and Italy 2-3.

Edgar played a leading role in pushing the Volleyroos to beat hosts Great Britain 3-0.

Australia must beat Poland and rely on other results to advance.

Ormiston College’s James Connor will compete in the 10m platform event which starts at 4am on Saturday, August 11.

Also on Saturday, at 6pm, Nathan Deakes, whose parents own the Di Mati Coffee House in Cleveland, will take to the track for the 50m race walk.

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