TEAM BOSS: Olympic Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller is proud of the number of women representing Australia in Rio.
TEAM BOSS: Olympic Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller is proud of the number of women representing Australia in Rio. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Women outnumber men in Olympic team for first time

OLYMPICS: The late entry of the women's eight rowing crew to the team for Rio means Australia has, for the first time, more females than males competing at a Summer Olympics.

With a ban imposed on 22 of the 28 Russian rowers named for the Games, the inclusion of the Australian crew takes the team numbers to 212 women and 207 men.

Kitty Chiller, Australia's first female Chef de Mission, noted Australia had fielded more females (31) than males (29) at the 2014 Winter Games in Russia and said it was a proud achievement to reach a stage where there were more females than males in the Summer Olympics team too.

"It's a very strong statement. It shows that women's sport is genuine sport,” she said at a press conference in Rio yesterday.

"It is elite competition just as much as the males' has been over time.

"It's about time that the female athletes were given the credit and the recognition and the accolades that they so richly deserve.”

The team of 419 is the fifth largest Australian team at an Olympics, behind Sydney (632), Athens (482), Beijing (435) and Atlanta (424).


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