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Don’t miss @gengen_lacaze and @madheinerhills tonight 12:15am AEST in the 3000m steeplechase final #rio2016

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First up, speedster Ella Nelson (NSW) enters her first Olympic Games with a brilliant streak of domestic performances behind her. Nelson ran the fastest 200m by an Australian woman since Melinda Gainsford-Taylorat the Sydney Olympics in 2000, with 22.53 in Canberra in February.

At 22-years-old, Nelson is a youngster on the rise, and has shrugged off a hamstring injury in May but hasn’t lead in any races prior to Rio.

Our steeplechasers Madeline Hills (NSW) and Genevieve LaCaze (Qld) will race in the women’s 3000m steeplechase final after fighting their way through the opening round.

“It was a messy race,” LaCaze said of her round one effort two days ago.

“I was just talking to myself in my head and saying stay calm, don’t panic, don’t get anxious, because people are stepping on my heels, I’m stepping on people’s heels, at the water jump I landed on top of a girl’s back, I was being piggy-backed,” she said.

Australia has never had a finalist in the women’s steeplechase, so history is already made no matter the result.

Evening session in Rio (Tuesday morning in Australia)

Dani Samuels (NSW) is making her third Olympic Games appearance in the women’s discus throw qualifying and is a genuine chance to finish on the podium in Rio, with two Olympic finals on her resume already. Add to that, gold from world youth, world junior, Commonwealth Games, world university and world championships – that is some resume.

At 28, Samuels is now at the peak of her powers and is ready for the next step in Rio.

Lauren Wells (ACT), one of Australia’s team leaders in Rio, opens her second Olympic campaign in the women’s 400m hurdles after making the semis in London four years ago. If this nine-time national champion is at her best, she can set her sights on a spot in the final, but first, a tough first round waits.

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