Clark: We are a genuine medal chance

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by Chris Ford

Men’s star Cameron Clark has heaped pressure onto his side, saying they are a genuine medal chance in Rio.

The Aussie men finished fourth in the World Series despite failing to win a tournament this season, although they did make two final appearances.

“We see ourselves as a genuine medal chance and we won’t be happy with anything less,” Clark said.

“We are really confident going into these Games and we’re putting a lot of pressure on ourselves to perform.”

“There is no reason for us not to be confident.”

Unlike the Women, it’s been a turbulent 12 months for the Men’s Sevens after the shock resignation of Head Coach Geraint John in August last year, as well as the continual talk of Wallabies making the hop to the abbreviated format of the game.

“I think the group is definitely settled at the moment, we were reasonably happy with our year,” Clark said.

“Friendy (Andy Friend) has been great as a Head Coach.” 

“Over the last couple of years, it’s been chopping and changing with our coaching staff so it is good to have stability there.”

The Men have enjoyed a quiet build-up into their Olympic campaign, settled after a two-week camp south of Rio de Janeiro.Australian Men determined to take home a medal from Rio. Photo: ARU Media

“I think it has been good for us down here,” Clark said.

“It’s a bit more relaxed and we can focus on our group a bit more which I think is good.”

“We have had the Russian fencers (staying at the same hotel), the Swedish football side and Dutch hockey team so there is a bit going on at the moment.”

“Henry Hutchison is looking after Wally (the team mascot) and Wally went missing for the night, the Swedes stole him.”

“They have all been a great bunch and everyone is excited to be here and it’s all been a bit of fun.”

Australia Men’s Olympic campaign

Wednesday 10 August (12am AEST) against France

Wedneday 10 August (5am AEST) against Spain

Thursday 11th August (12.30am AEST) against South Africa