GREAT BRITAIN have finally picked up some medals on day 6 after an agonising start to the day in Tokyo.
Mallory Franklin secured a silver medal in the canoe slalom, losing out to Aussie rival Jessica Fox, while Matthew Coward-Holley picked up a bronze in the trap final.
On a tough session for the rowers, Imogen Grant and Emily Craig missed out on a medal by ONE HUNDREDTH of a second after a photo-finish in the women’s lightweight double sculls.
And Helen Glover could not achieve a remarkable comeback medal in the women’s pairs alongside Polly Swann.
Glover, 35, had retired after winning this event for the second time at the 2016 Olympics and had three children with husband TV presenter Steve Backshall.
She had trained for Tokyo on two hours sleep a night while raising her three kids.
While it’s not all been bad news, the golf has got underway – with Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood in action for Britain.
And GB’s super-heavyweight boxing hope Frazer Clarke has got off to a winning start in Tokyo.
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Team GB and New Zealand’s women’s rugby seven’s teams take to the field ahead of their pool match.
Kick off is coming next!
Toby Penty is currently in badminton action for Team GB.
He’s facing Denmark’s Anders Antonsen in the last-16 but hasn’t had the best of starts.
He’s one set down at the moment after losing the first 21-10 to the Dane.
Team GB’s women’s rugby seven’s side are in action again in around 20 minutes time.
They take on Rio 2016 silver medallists New Zealand in what is their second Pool game.
Great Britain’s rugby campaign began with a win this morning, with a narrow last-gasp 14-12 win over the Russian Olympic Committee.
AS IT STANDS
Here’s a look at the the live medal table from Tokyo 2020.
A bronze and a silver medal so far on Day Six means Team GB have added two medals to their tally, taking their overall tally to 18 for the Games so far.
Japan had led the way at the end of yesterday’s action, but big days for both China and the USA have seen them leapfrog Japan in the medal standings.
And then 17 medals became 18.
Just moments later Team GB had their second medal on Day Six of Tokyo 2020 after finishing second in the first ever women’s canoe C-1 slalom at an Olympic Games.
She was top of the leaderboard until the final paddler Jess Fox pipped her to the gold medal, but she still takes home a superb silver.
Team GB’s Matthew Coward-Holley celebrates with his bronze medal after finishing third in the trap shooting final.
His medal was Team GB’s first of Day Six, taking the overall tally to 17 medals.
MATTER OF MILLIMETRES
Team GB missed out on a rowing medal by one hundredth of a second in an agonising photo finish, SIMON MAIL reports.
Emily Craig and Imogen Grant were pipped to the bronze medal in a heartbreaking finish in the lightweight women’s double sculls.
The pair led through the first 500m but looked to be rowed out by a Dutch attack and closing sprints from Italy and France.
But as Italy pushed through in the final 50m, the Dutch, defending champions from Rio, literally stopped rowing two strokes from the line.
It appeared that Grant and Craig had taken third, with the Dutch in despair, but a photo-finish went against the Brits by 0.01sec.
THIRD TIME LUCKY
Australia’s Jess Fox beat Team GB’s Mallory Franklin to the gold medal in the women’s Canoe C-1 slalom event, finally winning her first Olympic gold medal at her third games.
Team GB bronze medallist has shared this video to Twitter on her return to the UK from Tokyo.
Walkden put behind the disappointment of missing out on the Taekwondo final by beating Poland’s Aleksandra Kowalczuk 7-3 in the women’s +67kg class.
It follows the bronze medal the Liverpool fighter won in Rio five years ago.
The women’s individual all-around Gymnastics final gets underway later this morning, but Simone Biles will not be taking part.
After withdrawing from the team event earlier this week she also won’t be competing in the individual all-around, as she takes some time out to focus on her mental health.
It’s not clear whether she will return next week for the final of each individual apparatus.
Meanwhile though in the individual all-around this morning Team GB’s young guns are in action again.
Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova, bronze medallists in the team events, are both competing in the individual final, with that set to get started just before midday.
So after two fourth placed finishes in the Rowing this morning two medals within the last hour mean Team GB are off the mark for Day Six of Tokyo 2020.
Matt Coward-Holley kicked things off with bronze in the men’s trap Shooting final, while Mallory Franklin secured silver in the first ever women’s Canoe slalom C-1 at an Olympic Games.
That takes Team GB’s tally to 18 in total as things stand.
Here’s a look at Mallory Franklin’s effort in the women’s C-1 Canoe slalom final that had put her top of the leaderboard at the time.
She was eventually pipped to the gold medal by Jess Fox of Australia but can be incredibly proud of her effort this morning.
Andy Murray congratulates Mallory Franklin on Twitter after her excellent silver medal in the women’s Canoe slalom C-1 event.
Here’s a look at Mallory Franklin during her Canoe C-1 slalom run.
She can’t have given any more and takes home a well deserved silver for Team GB!
MEDAL FOR MALLORY
A well earned silver for Mallory Franklin in the first ever women’s Olympic C-1 event.
She secures Team GB’s second medal of the day with a time of 108.68
Jess Fox wins the gold for Australia with a time of 105.04, while Germany’s Andrea Herzog picks up the bronze medal after a time of 111.13 seconds.
SILVER FOR TEAM GB!
JESS FOX PUTS IN A STORMING SLALOM FOR AUSTRALIA!
MALLORY FRANKLIN TAKES HOME SILVER FOR TEAM GB!
LAST PADDLER READY
Right, here we go.
Australia’s Jess Fox, the World Number One is the last paddler to go.
Mallory Franklin is still in first place, so she’s guaranteed at least a silver.
Can it be a gold though?
GOLD FOR CZECH REPUBLIC
It’s Jiri Liptak who takes gold after a shootout, with David Kostelecky finishing second.
Team GB’s Matt Coward-Holley is home in third for a well earned bronze to pick up a first medal of the day for Great Britain.
Meanwhile the gold and silver medals are yet to be decided.
There’s nothing to separate Jiri Liptak and David Kostelecky at the end of the regulated time in the Shooting final.
It means we’re going to a shoot off!
Both men are from the Czech Republic, so the Czechs will come away with the gold medal no matter what.
BRONZE FOR TEAM GB
IT’S TEAM GB’S FIRST MEDAL OF DAY SIX AT TOKYO 2020!
MATT COWARD-HOLLEY TAKES BRONZE IN THE MEN’S TRAP SHOOTING FINAL!
FRANKLIN GOES FIRST
Mallory Franklin is into FIRST place after six women have completed their runs in the Canoe C-1 slalom.
There’s just four competitors left to go…
Now it gets tense.
Meanwhile Mallory Franklin’s run is underway in the Canoe C-1 slalom.
It’s all going on for Team GB after a quiet start to the day!
Jorge Martin Orozco Diaz of Mexico finishes fourth.
That means Matt Coward-Holley is GUARANTEED at least a bronze medal!
Yu Haicheng of China is the next man to exit the men’s trap Shooting final.
Just four men left in it now, including Matt Coward-Holley.
Matt Coward-Holley safely negotiates the first elimination.
It’s Kuwait’s Abdulrahman Al Faihan who is the first man to be eliminated.