One medal missing for Sevens superman

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by Chris Ford

He’s been likened to Clark Kent - the secret identity of Superman - more times that he can count and Australia captain Ed Jenkins knows he has the chance to be a real-life hero at the Rio Olympics.

A Gold medal has so far eluded Jenkins, who took home a silver and a bronze from the Delhi and Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

“There is one (medal) that is missing,” Jenkins said.

“To walk away with the Gold medal here would be very special and a lifetime achievement.”

Australia’s chances lie heavily with the 30-year old who has been a standout performer on the World Series circuit for the past few years.

Jenkins’ side have flown under the radar leading into Rio though with Fiji, New Zealand and South Africa considered the Gold medal fancies. 

“There is not a single team in the Olympics that we haven’t beaten this year so if we produce the goods for six games then we will be walking away with the Gold medal,” Jenkins said. 

“We can definitely do it. There is a strong belief amongst this group and we have come a long way this season.”

Australia finished fourth in the 2015/16 World Series and while they didn’t win any of the ten tournaments, they did make it to the final on two occasions.

“We have had some great performances this year, we have just been pipped at the post with a few seconds throughout the World Series,” Jenkins said.

“This is by far the strongest squad we have named on paper heading into this tournament.

“That’s been the plan all along and it’s obviously been a disruptive season with the change of personnel amongst different tournaments.”

The Australian team have now moved into the Athletes’ Village after ten days south of Rio de Janeiro, with their first game on day four of the Games.

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