At present in a nutshell: Staff GB choose up their first medals – however Andy Murray and Jade Jones see their hopes dashed.
Tomorrow’s key moments: there’s an enormous morning of swimming finals within the pool, the lads’s triathlon begins on the morning time in Tokyo, and the rugby sevens will get underneath method.
Listed here are among the most eye-catching headlines from an extremely busy day of sport in Tokyo. Australia’s 4x100m girls’s freestyle relay staff smashed their own world record in the process of picking up the country’s first gold, whereas the US picked up six medals within the pool, together with a gold and silver one-two with Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland within the males’s 400m particular person medley. Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus progressed to arrange a 400m freestyle closing conflict tomorrow morning. Tunisia’s 18-year-old Ahmed Hafnaoui pulled off the swimming shock of the day, profitable gold within the males’s 400m freestyle.
Staff GB claimed their first medals with a bronze for Chelsie Giles in the judo, adopted by Bradly Sinden selecting up silver in a hard-fought taekwondo final against Uzbekistan’s Ulugbek Rashitov. Sinden was bitterly disenchanted, saying: “It was my gold medal to provide away. We’re right here to get gold, anything just isn’t what we’re right here to have fun. Perhaps ultimately I’ll recover from it.”
Elsewhere, China’s Li Fabin won a weightlifting gold with a unique one-legged lift style nicknamed the “flamingo”, Naomi Osaka progressed in the tennis, and the IOC warned athletes against breaching Covid protocols by hugging on the podium, though it can permit them to take off their masks for 30 seconds for a photograph alternative. World No 1 Jon Rahm will miss the golf tournament having tested positive for Covid, as will Bryson DeChambeau of the US.
We’ll draw a discrete veil over this article speaking up Andy Murray’s probabilities yesterday. He withdrew from the men’s singles with a quad strain, though the two-time Olympic champion will proceed to play within the doubles. It was Jade Jones’s exit that brought about probably the most shockwaves for Staff GB, although. Jones said she was “absolutely gutted”, however it was a heart-warming success for the IOC’s Refugee staff.
Jones was going for a report third gold within the taekwondo, however lost her opening contest to Kimia Alizadeh. Alizadeh received bronze for Iran in Rio in 2016, however this 12 months, having denounced the Iranian authorities, and sought refugee standing in Germany, she is collaborating within the refugee staff. She confronted Jones after profitable an emotionally charged preliminary bout in opposition to Nahid Kiani of Iran.
There was an astonishing victory for Austria’s Anna Kiesenhofer in the women’s road race cycling. She attacked in a breakaway from the beginning of the 137km race then rode alone out entrance for the final 40km. Annemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands completed second. With Kiesenhofer up to now out forward, and no race radio within the Olympics, the Dutch pre-race favorite appeared to suppose she had received when she crossed the road for silver. Italian Elisa Longo Borghini took bronze.
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With out discovering her finest type at this time, Simone Biles nonetheless progressed via qualifying in pursuit of six extra Olympic golds. The US softball staff, in the meantime, booked their spot in opposition to Japan for Tuesday’s 8pm closing. As for the men’s basketball team, nonetheless …
The medals are going to begin coming thick and quick over the subsequent couple of days, particularly within the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. However Tom Dart asks for us, is Tokyo the Olympics the place USA’s swimming empire crumbles? He writes:
Dressel might nicely win gold in three particular person occasions in Japan, however he mirrored on what the US staff has misplaced in addition to what the approaching days might deliver. Ryan Lochte, Matt Grevers and Nathan Adrian, with 15 Olympic golds between them, didn’t qualify for Tokyo. Then there’s – or somewhat, isn’t – the now-retired Michael Phelps, who picked up 5 of his profession 23 Olympic titles in Rio 5 years in the past.
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I haven’t talked about the equestrian sport a lot, however dressage has steadily been going via qualifier rounds. At present Charlotte Dujardin and her horse Gio had been considered one of solely 4 mixtures to attain over eighty factors, and progressed to the medal rounds later within the week. Carl Hester and En Vogue went via as nicely.
The hockey groups each have match-ups tomorrow. The lads face Belgium at 1.30am UK time, and the ladies face South Africa on the considerably friendlier UK time of 10.30am. The ladies lost their opener to Germany at this time. The lads opened with a win over South Africa yesterday.
Additionally beginning tomorrow is Tom Daley within the diving. Our Donald McRae has profiled him as the teenage sensation turned crocheter competes in his last Olympics. And with the athletics beginning later within the Video games, Tom Lamont has interviewed the fastest woman Britain has ever seen, Dina Asher-Smith.
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I really feel like in addition to cursing Murray, I additionally put the whammy on Ash Barty yesterday. Having written that Naomi Osaka would begin her match as quickly as Barty had distributed with Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo, that didn’t the truth is occur. Barty lost in straight sets, making 55 unforced errors within the course of. Sorry, Ash.
Australia’s males received their basketball opener in opposition to Nigeria convincingly 84-65. Italy are up subsequent for them on Wednesday.
🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵 The hosts and past
The organising committees gamble on together with the game in these Video games paid off because the very first ever Olympic skateboarding medal went to Yuto Horigome. He grew up in Tokyo and discovered to skate there, the place the exercise is usually appeared down on. In truth, any guests to the Ariake City Sports activities Park discovered themselves confronted with some DIY “skateboarding banned” indicators posted on the perimeter fence to dissuade anybody from emulating the athletes inside.
Sister and brother Uta and Hifume Abe each received judo gold for Japan. He received the lads’s 66kg and she or he received the ladies’s 52kg inside an hour of one another.
China stored piling on the golds too, with Chen Lijun becoming a member of Li and Zhihui Hou with a weightlifting gold. France additionally picked up their first gold, with Romain Cannone profitable within the particular person males’s epee fencing competitors on Sunday. Lee Kiefer of the US took gold within the particular person girls’s foil.
And are the host viewers warming as much as the video games? It might have set low viewing figures within the US, however Friday’s opening ceremony was probably the most watched TV programme in Japan for a decade.
Do you know?
Tokyo was supposed to be the host of the 1940 Video games, which had been cancelled because of the second world struggle. When the town did first host the Olympics in 1964, it was the primary time they had been held in Asia.
Key occasions for Monday 26 July
Mountain bike biking and rugby all have their first days on Monday, and there are medals accessible in *attracts deep breath* archery, creative gymnastics, canoe slalom, mountain bike biking, diving, fencing, judo, capturing, skateboarding, swimming, desk tennis, taekwondo, weightlifting and the lads’s triathlon,
All occasions are listed right here in native Tokyo time. Add an hour for Sydney, subtract eight hours for York, 13 hours for New York and seventeen hours for San Francisco. I’m wondering if I ought to give you some type of jaunty jingle to assist us bear in mind this 🎶
🌟 If you happen to solely watch one factor: 6.30am Triathlon – it’s the males’s particular person competitors, with the medals on the finish of it. Please notice that is an unusually early begin time due to the Tokyo warmth, so within the UK that’s on at 10.30pm and you’ll watch it with a pleasant mug of cocoa earlier than mattress. Jonathan Brownlee received bronze in London, silver in Rio. Along with his elder brother Alistair absent, can he go one higher and seize gold? 🥇
8.30am-12.25pm Skateboarding – it’s the girls’s avenue contest on Monday 🥇
9.00am-7pm Rugby sevens – there are pool video games all through the day, beginning with Rio gold medallists Fiji in opposition to the hosts. Staff GB face Canada at 9.30am and Japan at 4.30pm. For Australia it’s Argentina at 10.30am and Korea at 6pm.
9.30am Archery – the lads’s staff competitors begins with Staff GB, and US and Australia all concerned within the quarter-final eliminations spherical. The ultimate shoudl be round 4.40pm 🥇
10am-9.45pm Taekwondo – there’s extra taekwondo all through the day, with the ladies’s -67kg and males’s -80kg having their finals from 9.30pm
10.30am-12.05pm Swimming – an enormous early session within the pool. The ladies’s 100m butterfly closing begins it off, with Sweden’s world and Olympic report holder Sarah Sjoestroem defending her title. At 11.12am Adam Peaty defends his 100m breaststroke title. Straight after that’s the girls’s 400m freestyle closing, and the session finishes with the lads’s 4x100m freestyle relay 🥇
2pm Canoe slalom – the lads’s semi-final and closing ought to take a few hours to get via 🥇
2.50pm-3.50pm Capturing – the skeet capturing concludes with each the ladies’s and males’s finals 🥇
3pm Diving – Tom Daley is with Matty Lee within the males’s 10m synchro occasion 🥇
3pm Mountain bike biking – this leads off with the lads’s cross-country. Tom Pidcock options for Staff GB 🥇
7pm Inventive gymnastics – Monday is the lads’s staff competitors 🥇
You will discover our full interactive occasions schedule here, which additionally updates with dwell scores and outcomes all through the day like a bit of mini-liveblog. It’s a factor of surprise.
Because it stands
The medal desk because it stood at 10.15pm in Tokyo
1 🇨🇳 China 🥇 6 🥈 1 🥉 4 complete: 11
2 🇯🇵 Japan 🥇 5 🥈 1 🥉 0 complete: 6
3 🇺🇸 USA 🥇 4 🥈 2 🥉 4 complete: 10
4 🇰🇷 South Korea 🥇 2 🥈 0 🥉 3 complete: 5
5 ◽️ Not Russia 🥇 1 🥈 4 🥉 2 complete: 7
6 🇮🇹 Italy🥇 1 🥈 1🥉 3 complete: 5
7 🇦🇺 Australia 🥇 1 🥈 1 🥉 1 complete: 3
7 🇫🇷 France 🥇 1 🥈 1 🥉 1 complete: 3
Get in contact?
Can we discuss timezones for a second? I’ve had some suggestions. Angus Forsyth messaged to recommend that I simply put all of the occasions in both Japanese time or GMT all through and go away it at that. Matt Barnard requested that every thing be on Manchester time. And somebody known as Wendy mailed yesterday asking for the precise reverse, that I put (JST/AEST/BST/EDT/PDT) all over.
What I’ve been making an attempt to do is persist with JST within the occasion listings, after which often spelling out native time if I’m going to level out that one thing will make significantly late evening viewing the UK or watch over your morning covfefe in New York. I think there isn’t a one-size suits all resolution, however I’m to listen to what works finest for you.
There’s one thing else you may assist me with as nicely. As we all know Russian athletes are competing as Not Russia, or formally because the “Russian Olympic Committee”. They aren’t allowed to make use of the Russian flag on the Video games. Ought to I be utilizing the Russian flag in my emoji medal desk? Or one thing else? What do you suppose?
You will get in contact with me at [email protected], and I’ll see you on the identical time tomorrow. Till then, take care and keep protected.
The final phrase
We come collectively not less than yearly and prepare collectively for a full week. We push one another and we problem one another, however we do this in a very supportive method. There’s no malice, no animosity in the direction of each other. I believe that has spoken volumes. – Cate Campbell, girls’s 4x100m freestyle relay Olympic champion for Australia.