Drunken rower Josh Booth will pay for smashing two shop windows in a bid to avoid criminal charges as his exploits reflect Australia's stumble through the Olympic Games.
Just as Booth thought he was breaking into his own home 17,000 kilometres away when he smashed the windows in Egham, Australia's team chiefs are also blindly optimistic, still believing in a top five finish in the medals table.
Deputy chef de mission Chris Fydler even says Australia can catch Great Britain which had won five gold medals after six days of competition, compared to Australia's one.
Fydler is counting on Australia winning gold in track cycling and rowing, two sports set to be dominated by Britain, although there's realistic chances of success in sailing where four Australian crews are leading the way.
"GB had a good day yesterday, we have good days ourselves still to come," Fydler told reporters on Friday.
"We would like to beat the British team, that's still a goal of ours.
"We haven't changed our goals to be in the top five. We have some work to do, but there's some great opportunities in rowing, cycling, athletics, sailing.
"There's plenty of opportunities for us to catch the GB team yet."
After a slow start, Britain could end up with as many as 20 gold medals, while Australia may be lucky to reach double figures, especially after a dismal return from the pool.
Early Friday morning Australia even slipped behind New Zealand on the medal table after they won a second gold in the men's pair rowing.
Fydler said the Australian Olympic Committee was also engaged in damage control away from the medals table, liaising with Surrey police in a bid to ensure Booth avoids criminal charges.
Booth will make a personal apology to the two shopkeepers whose windows he smashed and will pay STG1400 ($A2,100) to repair the damage.
"We feel confident that we can work with those police to avoid those charges for Josh," Fydler said.
Booth went out drinking in the small town of Egham, near the Eton Dorney rowing venue southwest of London, after his eights crew finished sixth in their final on Wednesday.
He was disorientated on his way back to the team's accommodation and thought he was breaking into his Melbourne home when he smashed the shop windows.
Booth's colleagues Kim Crow and Brooke Pratley did their best to restore rowing pride on Friday morning, winning silver in the women's double sculls, while Karsten Forsterling, Daniel Noonan, Christopher Moran and James McRae took bronze in the men's quad sculls.
One of Australia's hottest gold medal favourites, the men's hockey team had a slight stumble on Friday, drawing 2-2 with Argentina.
The Kookaburras remain unbeaten after three matches, but will rue their failure to take better advantage of having 24 shots at goal to Argentina's seven, and coughing up a 2-0 halftime lead.
Teenager Jessica Fox won silver in the women's slalom K1 on Thursday, bettering her French mother who won bronze at the 1996 Games and British father who finished fourth in 1992.
Anna Meares and Kaarle McCullough won Australia's first cycling medal of the Games on Thursday night, taking bronze in the women's team sprint.
Archer Taylor Worth bowed out in the quarter finals after being beaten by seventh seed Dai Xiaoxiang of China in a sudden-death shoot-off.
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