WHAT a golden day we potentially have ahead of us in Tokyo.
We’ve a host of big names coming your way from Japan through the night, but there has been disappointment for GB sprinter Adam Gemili who is out of the 200m after suffering a hamstring injury.
The performance of the day – and potentially the entire Games – has gone to Norway’s Karsten Warholm who became the first man to break 46 seconds ever to take 400m gold in stunning fashion.
After the track events, there’s gold medals on offer in the water as Team GB look to go fastest in various sailing and canoe disciplines.
And if that wasn’t enough, the evening action from Tokyo will see Laura Kenny and Jason Kenny back on the medal hunt.
Simone Biles also returns to action in the balance beam final, before Pat McCormack goes for glory in the men’s welterweight boxing final and Laura Muir runs in the 1500m final.
- Start times: Athletics from 1am, long jump final 2.50am, track cycling 6.30am, gymnastics 9am
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Karsten Warholm tears his shirt open in celebration as he reacts to 400m hurdles gold in world record time.
Even Rai Benjamin’s 46.17 seconds for second place smashed the previous world record.
And Alison dos Santos was only 0.2 seconds off it in third.
Well that race well and truly lived up to the hype!
PREVIOUS WORLD RECORD
There’s world records and then there’s world records!
Karsten Warholm was the world record holder before that race with a time of 46.70 seconds.
He’s nearly beaten that by an entire second!
That is mind boggling.
Here’a a full look at Adam Gemili’s heartbreaking interview after hobbling around in the track in his 200m heat following a pulled hamstring.
Rai Benjamin takes silver with a time of 46.17, a time also quicker than the previous World Record.
Alison dos Santos takes the bronze for Brazil, coming home in 46.72.
NEW WORLD RECORD!
KARSTEN WARHOLM SMASHES THE WORLD RECORD!
HE BREAKS 46 SECONDS!
IT’S 45.94 SECONDS!
Warholm and Benjamin are away quickly and so is Samba.
Warholm is streaking ahead already here the reigning World Champion.
400M HURDLES FINAL
The final event of the morning session at the Olympic Stadium is about to get underway.
It’s the Men’s 400m hurdles final, a hotly anticipated race.
GERMANY WIN GOLD
It’s a first gold medal for Germany in the Athletics!
Malaika Mihambo jumps 7m dead in the final round of the long jump to take gold.
Brittney Reese of the USA takes the silver with Ese Brume of Nigeria in third.
Both women’s longest jump is 6.97m but Reese takes the silver with a longer second-best effort.
‘IT’S THE WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD’
Some more reaction from Adam Gemili after his injury forced him out of contention in the Men’s 200m heats.
“I can’t believe it, I can’t believe this has just happened. I felt like I had such a good chance as well. I’ve been training so well.
“This season’s been really up and down and I’d finally put together five weeks of solid work, I was ready to go out there and win, to try and get a medal, at least a PB.
“I don’t get that chance now. It’s the worst feeling in the world.”
So after Adam Gemili’s unfortunate injury British hopes in the 200m rested upon the shoulders of Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake.
He just ran a season best time of 20.56 seconds in his heat, but it’s not enough for the top three and an automatic semi-final qualification.
It’s also not enough to qualify as a fastest loser so there will be no Team GB representatives in the Men’s 200m semi-finals .
EIGHTH FOR SAWYERS
Jazmin Sawyers’ long jump final is over… but faults on her last effort.
She looks gutted because she was getting some really big leaps going, just couldn’t keep behind the plasticine.
It’s eighth for Sawyers.
DUO DIVE THROUGH
British pair Jack Laugher and James Heatly have booked their place in the 3m springboard final.
Laugher, second in 2016, went through in third with 514.75 points.
But that was nearly 30 points adrift of Chinese pair Xie Siyi and Wang Zongyuan.
The final – made up of six dives each – begins at 7am.
An absolutely heartbroken Adam Gemili has spoken to the BBC after his injury.
Talking through floods of tears, he said: “Literally I felt my hamstring go in my last start in the cool room.
“I’m in so much pain.
“I said, ‘Strap it up, I just need to try.’
“I can’t believe this has happened – I feel like I had such a good chance.
“I finally put together three or four weeks of solid hard work, I was ready to go out there and win or at least get a PB.
“It’s s***, it’s really s***. I’m beyond devastated.”
ADAM WALKS ROUND
Adam Gemili may have hobbled out of contention with his hamstring going in his 200m heat.
But the Brit put on a brave face as he walked around the track in Tokyo.
He eventually crossed the line in 1:58.14.
Deborah Kerr has just raced in the women’s K1 200m final – but finished eighth out of nine.
It was one step too far but must hold her head high considering the strength of the final field.
Lisa Carrington of New Zealand has won all three editions of the event – in London, Rio and now Tokyo – before it is removed from the programme.
What an effort, and in an Olympic best time of 38.120 seconds.
She is unbeaten for a decade and won by 0.763 seconds. Phenomenal.
Carrington is aiming to pick up another three golds at this Games.
GEMILI PULLS UP
Adam Gemili is injured!
The Brit stopped immediately after coming out of the blocks in the 200m heat.
He already had his quad heavily strapped and managed two strides before standing up – absolutely gutting for the British sprinter.
Erriyon Knighton, meanwhile, breezed through.
The American, 17, is the new kid on the block and has already hit a 19.84 seconds time, breaking Usain Bolt’s youth record.
Both Brits recorded legitimate jumps in the second round of the long jump.
Sawyers’ 6.80m placed her fifth at that stage.
Irozuru managed a 6.51m but Brittney Reese has taken the lead early in round three.
The men’s 200m heats are underway on the track.
Andre De Grasse is in action for Canada after his bronze in the 100m.
He looks a little off the pace in his 200m heat here but has done enough to progress to the semis – although he is clearly not best pleased with his efforts, sitting on the track shaking his head.
Sibusiso Matsenjwa was red-and-black carded and sent packing beforehand because he went just too early first time around.
I mentioned earlier Sawyers was on The Voice in 2017.
And it’s clear to see why with this brilliant Ed Sheeran rendition she recorded in the same year.
Can she hit the right notes into the sand pit this morning?
MEDAL LIKE MARY
Irozuru and Sawyers have both had their first leaps of the final.
Both had big jumps.
But both got red flags so are yet to register a valid score.
They are hoping to follow in the footsteps of Mary Rand who won gold for GB in 1964.
American Tara Davis is enjoying being in the spotlight and certainly doesn’t lack confidence.
Ese Brume of Nigeria leads the way after round one, jumping 6.97m.
LONG ROAD TO HERE
And after the years of hard work, training and planning – it comes down to this for Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers.
Here they come stepping out for the women’s long jump final – with a right mix of introductions from the athletes.
Let’s go, girls!
Jack Laugher secured a silver medal at Rio 2016 in the 3m springboard diving.
He has the semi-final this morning – and hopefully a final to follow later on today.
The semi-final is underway and he has made a solid enough start and looks on course to make a safe passage.
James Heatly is also in action in the semis.
EYES ON BILES
Superstar gymnast Simone Biles makes an eagerly-anticipated return to Olympic action today.
The four-time gold medallist stepped back from her events last week to protect her mental health.
But she is ready to step back into the competition today with the women’s beam final – her final shot at an individual gold this summer.
Elsewhere in the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Joe Fraser of Team GB is desperate to add the parallel bars gold medal to his world championship title.
IT WAS ON THE LINE
In the words of John McEnroe, Nicole Yeargin’s foot was ‘on the line’.
She stepped on the white twice with her left foot early in her 400m heat – and that is why she got the DQ.
Athletes usually get away with one infringement but two spells a red flag and she is out. Gutting.
Elsewhere, Pipi’s spot in the semis has been confirmed.