IT’S Day 10 of the Tokyo Olympics – and Team GB are back on the medal trail.
And finally today we get the track cycling underway at the Izu Velodrome, with Laura Kenny & Co beginning their quests for gold.
Also coming up tonight we’ve action from the men’s 1500m as Josh Kerr goes for Team GB, while Jazmin Sawyers goes in the long jump.
Team GB were back in the medals on Day 9, but there wasn’t one for sprinter Zharnel Hughes who false started in the 100 metres final, which was won by unfancied Italian Marcell Jacobs.
Max Whitlock has RETAINED his Olympic title after a sensational routine on the pommel horse.
While Charlotte Worthington put in the performance of a lifetime to stun American Hannah Roberts in the BMX freestyle, winning gold after scoring 97.50.
- Start times: Athletics 1am, track cycling from 6am
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British pair Deborah Kerr and Emily Lewis are scheduled to race in the canoe sprint at 1:30am (UK time).
The two stars will compete in the K1 200m heats for a place in the all important final…
Other British hopefuls include Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey, competing in the sailing 49er FX medal race at 6:33am.
And 2016 silver medallist Jack Laugher and team-mate James Heatly are hoping to dive to glory in the 3m springboard preliminary round at 7am.
Scot Laura Muir begins her bid for Olympic glory today as the 1500m qualifying takes place at 1:35am (UK time).
The 28-year-old is a European champion at that distance and has also picked up two medals at the World Indoor Championships.
Muir certainly has the CV to challenge at the Tokyo Games…
It’s not too long until the action gets underway in Tokyo!
Team GB are currently sixth in the Olympic medal table with TEN golds and 32 medals overall.
China are currently leading the way with 24 golds (51 overall), while the US are in second with 20 golds (59 overall).
Japan are in third with 17 golds (31 overall) and Australia are just behind the host nation with 14 golds (31 overall).
The Russians make up the top five with 12 golds (44 overall), meaning just three nations have more medals than the Brits.
Superb effort so far, Team GB!
There’s plenty to be decided today across the Olympic Park in Tokyo, with Team GB on the cusp of more history.
We’ll bring you all the medals as they drop, as well as live commentary from 1am of a packed athletics schedule.
Track cycling returns later on Day 10 in Tokyo, with power couple Laura and Jason Kenny both in action.
Jason has competed at three Olympic Games during his career, 2008 in Beijing, 2012 in London and 2016 in Rio.
The 33-year-old has won a staggering SIX gold medals in that time, with one silver medal to add to his collection.
Laura meanwhile has competed at two Olympic Games.
She won her first two gold medals in London nine years ago, topping the Omnium and the Team Pursuit events.
The 29-year-old then went on to repeat her success in 2016.
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But Team GB are out of the women’s competition after losing their quarter-final with Australia.
Here are the remaining fixtures:
Monday August 2 – Women’s semi-finals
- United States vs Canada – 9am UK (5pm Japan)
- Australia vs Sweden – 12 noon UK (8pm Japan)
Tuesday August 3 – Men’s semi-finals
- Mexico vs Brazil
- Japan vs Spain
Thursday August 5 – Women
- Women’s bronze medal match – 9am UK (5pm Japan)
Friday August 6 – Women and Men
- Women’s gold medal final – 3am UK (11am Japan)
- Men’s bronze medal match – 12 Noon UK (8pm Japan)
Saturday August 7 – Men
- Men’s gold medal final – 12.30pm UK (8.30pm Japan)
HIGH JUMP EXPLAINER
The Olympic high jump ended in incredible fashion with Qatari Mutaz Essa Barshim and Italian Gianmarco Tamberi tied in first place.
Three jumpers cleared a height of 2.37m – Qatar’s Barshim, Italy’s Tamberi and Belarussian Maksim Nedasekau.
However Barshim and Tamberi finished the competition with identical records as they both cleared every jump at the first attempt before failing all three attempts at 2.39m.
The presiding Olympics Games official then approached the jumpers and initially offered them a jump-off, before Barshim asked: “Can we have two golds?”
To their delight, the official informed them that that would be within the rules if they both agreed not to jump again.
FLY THE FLAG
Team GB’S BMX stars Beth Shriever and Kye Whyte arrived home to heroes’ welcomes at Heathrow.
The pair won gold and silver medals respectively at the Olympics.
STICK IT IN YER DIARY
Team GB are going for glory in field hockey at the Tokyo Olympics, five years after claiming the women’s gold in Brazil.
Great Britain’s won the event last time out at Rio 2016, after going all the way, beating Holland on penalties in a final shoot-out.
But can they win it again? The Brits face Spain in the quarter-finals tomorrow at 1pm (UK time).
Here are the women’s fixtures in full:
- Germany vs Argentina (1.30am)
- Australia vs India (4am)
- Netherlands vs New Zealand (10.30am)
- Spain vs Great Britain (1pm)
- Semifinal (WQF1 vs WQF2)
- Semifinal (WQF3 vs WQF4)
- Bronze medal match (LSF1 vs LSF2)
- Gold medal match (WSF1 vs WSF2)
‘MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS’
Team GB Olympic hero Adam Peaty has revealed he will take a break from swimming.
Peaty has won two gold medals at Tokyo 2020 and is going to take a break for several months to protect his mental health.
He said: “You’ll see people who are falling off, who go all the way through ISL [International Swimming League] and all the way through World Cups and by the time they get to Paris.
“You’re seeing it in all sports now. You’re seeing it with Simone Biles, you’re seeing it with Ben Stokes, mental health matters and it is about getting the balance right at that elite level.
“The amount of time that has been taken away from me with my partner and my boy – he doesn’t know it – but I want to make that time up. I’m going to enjoy it and recover.”
WHITLOCK THANKS FANS
Gymnast Max Whitlock has thanked his supporters after the Team GB star retained his pommel horse crown.
The 28-year-old now has three golds at the Olympics, boasting six medals in total.
In terms of Brits, only Bradley Wiggins (eight), Chris Hoy (seven) and Jason Kenny (seven) have more Olympic medals than Whitlock.
Team GB super-heavyweight Boxer Frazer Clarke is into the semi-finals after his French Mourad Aliev opponent was disqualified for excessive use of his head.
Multiple head clashes between the fighters saw Clarke bleeding above both eyes, with the 26-year-old Frenchman eventually disqualified.
Aliev sat inside the ring for half an hour after the bout in protest against the decision.
He said: “I sat down to protest against the unfairness for me.
“I prepared for these Games for four years. I really wanted to fight against the injustice, so that was my way to show that I don’t agree with that decision.”
THAT’S WHAT IT MEANS
Seeing the reaction of some competitors after winning gold at Tokyo 2020 is one of the best parts of the Olympics.
Team GB’s return of EIGHT Swimming medals at Tokyo 2020 is the most Great Britain have ever won at an Olympics.
Four golds, three silvers and a bronze medal for Team GB in the pool is a sensational achievement considering Great Britain didn’t win a single Swimming gold at London 2012.
Zharnel Hughes reacts after his false start in the 100m final resulted in him being disqualified.
Here’s a look at the medals on offer tomorrow on what will be Day Ten of Tokyo 2020:
- Artistic Gymnastics – Men’s rings, Women’s floor, Men’s vault
- Athletics – Men’s long jump, Women’s 100m hurdles, Women’s discus, Men’s 3000m steeplechase, Women’s 5000m
- Badminton – Women’s doubles, Men’s singles
- Cycling – Women team sprint
- Equestrian – Team event jumping, individual event jumping
- Sailing – Women’s Skiff – 49er FX, Men’s Skiff – 49er (subject to conditions)
- Shooting – Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol, Men’s 50m rifle
- Weightlifting – Women’s 87kg, Women’s +87kg
- Wrestling – Men’s Greco-Roman 60kg, Men’s Greco-Roman 130kg, Women’s freestyle 76kg
If you haven’t seen the routine that won Max Whitlock Olympic gold on the pommel horse then here it is.
An absolutely incredible effort, scoring 15.533 on the judges cards.
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And this is what Whitlock had to say immediately after winning gold:
“That’s the biggest routine I’ve competed, the risk was very high and I can’t believe it has paid off,” he said.
“The pressure was on as the first man up. I usually have three different options of routines, this time I was just all-in.
“This was the most nervous I’ve been for any competition I’ve ever done.
“Retaining titles is ten times harder than chasing, today was a million times harder.
“You know you’ve done it before, you want that feeling again. You watch all the medals flowing in for Team GB, you can relate to it and know your time is coming up.”
A message from Olympic pommel horse champion Max Whitlock after his gold medal this morning:
“I can’t believe what’s just happened, thank you everybody.
“It’s been an incredible journey [for] Team GB [and] everybody.
“So grateful to have that moment with Scott [his coach] on the floor with me.
“[I] cannot believe I’m coming home with a gold medal.
“Thank you so much for everybody’s support, it means the world.”
ZVEREV WINS GOLD
In the Men’s tennis Alexander Sverev of Germany beat the Russian Olympic Committee’s Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-1.
Zverev beat Novak Djokovic in the semi-final and he becomes the first German to win an Olympic singles gold since Steffi Graf in 1988.
And this is what Max Whitlock had to say after winning gold on the pommel horse:
“I feel absolutely lost for words, I can’t even describe the feeling and I feel completely overwhelmed, it feels surreal.
“Team GB have been doing absolutely incredibly.
“The gold medals have been flowing in and I just wanted to do the same thing.
“To come out here and get my own, I feel very proud.”
DAY NINE RECAP
Here’s a reminder of how Team GB fared on Day Nine of Tokyo 2020:
- GOLD – Max Whitlock (Men’s Gymnastics pommel horse), Charlotte Worthington (Women’s BMX park freestyle).
- SILVER – Duncan Scott, Adam Peaty, Luke Greenbank and James Guy (Men’s 4×100 relay).
- BRONZE – Declan Brooks (Men’s BMX park freestyle).
Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs (lane three) wins the men’s 100m final next to the empty lane four supposed to be occupied by Zharnel Hughes.
Hughes was disqualified after a false start before the starting gun went off.
And here’s a reminder of how the 100m final went in case you missed.
Lamont Marcell Jacobs took home a shock gold for Italy to take the crown of fastest man on the planet.
It’s also Italy’s first-ever sprint medal at the Olympics!