And as every thing hots up in the marathon, and will maintain to serene even be soon in the golf, we maintain now a form of awkward continuity hyperlinks as this blog closes down and Saturday’s shining recent one begins up. And with that I’ll hand the baton over to Tom Lutz and thank you for your company and comments. Night time.
Girls folks’s marathon: The lead group of eight is now led by Salpeter, Seidel, Jepchirchir and Kosgei, the sector file holder, who also looks ready to pounce. Here’s heading for a tight attain with just below 8km to pass. However heart-broken frail Ruth Chepngetich has bailed, and is now strolling disconsolately some method motivate.
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A series of twists and turns in the route assessments the leading group, which is now led by Seidel of the USA, with 30km gone. Extra motivate, the sector champion, Ruth Chepngetich, is shedding floor and toiling.
Marathon – Brits most modern: Jess Piasacki has dropped down to 38th and Steph Davis has moved as much as 58th. An undercooked Steph Twell is struggling extra motivate though, just going by approach to 25k now.
Sally Kipyego has dropped motivate off the leading group, as she hits a bit of a mid-urge wall as they flip left after an extended 5k straight. The warmth isi rising because the time nudges past 7.30am in Tokyo. We’re 26.5km in now, around two-thirds of the method in which by approach to. Jepchirchir serene leads the front 10.
Rather lots of laughing and banter it may seem because the lead group approach far from a water station after 24km. Beginner marathon runners are consistently quick to tempo themselves sufficiently so that they’re in a situation to behavior conversations in the first half of of the urge; these athletes can form it with out concerns neatly past that. Anyway, the front group comprises eight or nine runner, with Salpeter and Jepchirchir nudging out front. Seidel serene taking a look right just in the motivate of them.
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Something for our Australian readers: a e-book to what to appear out for on Saturday, with Nicola McDermott and Eleanor Patterson in search of excessive soar gold while Oliver Hoare and Stewart McSweyn are in the 1500m closing and the Boomers watch to save bronze in opposition to Slovenia.
Jepchirchir of Kenya now leads a thinned-out front group at the midway stage, with Israel’s Salpeter and Johannes of Namibia tucked in amongst them. Seidel serene taking a look serene and neatly positioned too.
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Thanks Niall. There’s a front group of about 15 now as we method 19km, with Maeda of Japan and Molly Seidel leading the tightly bunched pack as they hit the flat top share of the route, by approach to the university sector. (Insert predictable ‘you received’t earn any students awake at this hour’ gag right here)
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At 16km, we pass the northernmost level of the route and the leaders flip left. Britain’s Steph Twell is around a kilometre off that main group, who’re drawing shut but any other feed station. A host of spectators out on the road taking in the urge. The temperature and humidity are rising, and Ethiopia’s Zeineba Yimer has dropped a great distance off the leaders.
On that repeat, time to hand over to Tom Davies, who will tempo you by approach to the following couple of kilometres.
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Within the golf, none of the early starters are liable to wretchedness the podium locations though Jessica Korda, sister of leader Nelly, is one-below after the first, and as much as -3 total. Meanwhile, Mexico’s Maria Fassi is two-below after two, and -4 total.
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Your complete urge markers, whether or now not on the road or on the note, are in kilometres reasonably than miles. The route is 42.2km, so we’ve covered a third of the distance. The contenders outlined below are all recent and just in a thinning main group – US duo Molly Seidel and Sally Kipyego are viewed at the front, as is Israel’s Lonah Salpeter and Ethiopia’s Roza Dereje. Ireland’s Fionnuala McCormack also will most likely be sticking with the major group, while Jess Piasecki has made up some floor.
At 13km we pass the town’s TV tower, which marks the discontinuance of the southern loop. The remainder of the urge will likely be streak over two laps of a circuit leading north of the town centre. Runners are picking up bags of ice and inserting them below their hats, with a pair searching to streak with the salvage balanced on their head.
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We’ve crossed the Toyohira river and are heading motivate to the town centre. The major group of contenders are initiating to shed stragglers, with Britain’s Jess Piasecki, wearing bib number 2020, amongst them.
The major group pass the 10km designate in a split time of 36min 16sec – now not an in particular rapidly time by elite standards, though as NordicSkot identified below, right here’s serene very, very rapid. “It’d be handy to maintain some moderate Joes on the path to display just how rapid these females are running.”
The closing round of the females’s golf match is set to open at Kasamigaseki country membership, on the northern outskirts of Tokyo. The first group are teeing off but the major medal contenders received’t open for a minimal of but any other 90 minutes.
By that time, shall we maintain a better belief of the impact that Saturday’s tropical storm will maintain on one of the best round. Because it stands, Nelly Korda (-15) and India’s Aditi Ashok (-12) are put of residing for gold and silver, but there are four females tied for third on -10.
They are: Lydia Ko (NZ), Hannah Green (Australia), Emily Pedersen (Denmark) and Imani Mone (Japan). If the climate intervenes, one of the best round and any doubtless playoffs may per chance be accomplished on Sunday.
Now we maintain an early withdrawal, with Turkey’s Meryem Erdogan shedding off the tempo. Clearly struggling with an hurt, she decides to name it a day. The pack are serene grouped together but Kosgei and her Kenyan teammates are cranking up the tempo as they pass the 6km designate.
With a hefty doff of the cap to World Athletics, right here are some contenders to detect out for:
The enviornment file-holder, Brigid Kosgei, begins besides-liked though she has now not raced at this distance on fable of the 2020 London Marathon in October. Her Kenya teammates, Peres Jepchirchir and world champion Ruth Chepngetich, may also be predominant gamers.
Ethiopia’s Birhane Dibaba accomplished second in the 2020 Tokyo city marathon, while Roza Dereje and rising considerable particular person Zeineba Yimer complete but any other robust east African team. Israel’s Lonah Salpeter, who beat Dibaba to the road in Tokyo final year, and Namibia’s Helalia Johannes may also be hoping to design the podium.
Home hopes relaxation with the 2020 Nagoya marathon winner, Mao Ichiyama, and Mizuki Matsuda, who received the Osaka marathon final year. Team GB’s three runners are Stephanie Davis, Jess Piasecki and Stephanie Twell.
The USA trio are Sally Kipyego, Molly Seidel and Aliphine Bolton, while Australia are represented by Ellie Pashley, Lisa Weightman and Sinead Diver. Aoife Cooke and Fionnuala McCormack are racing for Ireland.
The athletes are heading out onto the first of two city-centre loops, with loads of coloration offered by skyscrapers. After that, they’re going to pass south and climb frequently uphill till the 8km designate.
After that, they flip motivate to the centre and complete a huge circuit motivate to the open. That complete loop is roughly the scale of a half of-marathon, and they’re going to then streak the northern share of it again earlier than crossing the attain line.
Look for, it’s most likely more straightforward when you happen to detect this legitimate video of the route. Or this charming, truth-packed e-book from the town of Sapporo itself.
It’s 6am in Sapporo, on the replacement hand it’s already a sweltering 26 levels (78.8F). The urge changed into moved north, and begins an hour early, to save far from low warmth. In Tokyo, it’s currently 27 levels.
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The solar is rising over Tokyo, while 500 miles north, the females’s marathon is set to open in Sapporo. Additionally initiating early are the contenders in the females’s golf at Kasumigaseki, with one of the best round introduced forward to 6.30am (local time) to save far from the unfriendly climate expected around Tokyo. Nelly Korda is responsible of that contest, leading India’s Aditi Ashok by three strokes.
Within the evening, there are song and area medals galore, culminating in the 4x400m relay finals. In males’s football, Brazil face Spain in one of the best. In a bunch of locations there are golds to be received in canoe escape, seaside volleyball, diving, rhythmic gymnastics, basketball, boxing, baseball, karate, neatly-liked pentathlon, song biking, equestrian team jumping, handball and inventive swimming. Thought your viewing and energy naps right here:
Sooner than we shift our level of curiosity to Saturday’s early events, props to Michael Ireton for this huge abstract of his private highlights:
“I changed into view to be one of alternative folks that were extremely skeptical upfront of the Video games. However danged if they didn’t suck me in. I accumulate it started with Anna Kiesenhofer a hit the biking road urge. You don’t secure loads of math PhDs a hit Olympic gold.
“I cherished the young skate boarders, their joie de vivre and camaraderie were stress-free and refreshing. And the medals going to a trio with a mixed age of 42 changed into delectable. I cherished the Japanese brother and sister a hit judo gold on the same day.
“As a Canadian, I must display Penny Oleksiak becoming our country’s most embellished Olympian, Andre de Grasse a hit the 200m and two other medals, and the Canadian females finally a hit the football gold.
“My well-liked moment of all has to be the males’s excessive soar. Barshim simply asking, ‘Place we maintain now two golds?’ and Tamberi’s response.”
Whereas we’re on the area, a be aware for the athletes who (as it stands) maintain earned their country’s top doubtless medal at these Video games:
Gold: Vegetation Duffy, Bermuda (triathlon); Soufiane Elbakkali, Morocco (steeplechase); Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Puerto Rico (110m hurdles).
Silver: Christine Mbomba, Namibia (200m); Polina Guryeva, Turkmenistan (weightlifting); Laura Asadauskaite, Lithuania (neatly-liked pentathlon); Dejan Georgievski, North Macedonia (taekwondo).
Bronze: Hugues Fabrice Zango, Burkina Faso (triple soar); Samuel Takyi, Ghana (boxing); Kirani James, Grenada (400m); Ruth Gbagbi, Ivory Circulation (boxing); Abdullah Alrashidi, Kuwait (taking pictures); Aaron Chia and Wooi Yik Soh, Malaysia (badminton doubles); Man Assad, Syria (weightlifting).
“These Video games maintain broken the file for most nations a hit a gold medal (63, up from 59) and most nations to save at the least one medal of any style (89, up from 87),” writes Roger Kirkby. Which in these Covid times is stunning spectacular. That’s my moment of the Video games.”
Here are some Saturday highlights, courtesy of Martin Belam’s stunning on daily basis briefing electronic mail:
All events are listed right here in local Tokyo time. Add an hour for Sydney, subtract eight hours for Bristol, 13 hours for New York and 16 hours for San Francisco.
7.35pm-9.50pm Athletics – there’s top doubtless one session in the stadium on Saturday and it is closing after closing. We secure the females’s excessive soar and the males’s javelin. The females’s 10,000m closing is at 7.45pm. The males’s 1500m closing is 8.40pm. Then we attain the song events in the stadium with the explosive double whammy of the females’s and males’s 4x400m relay finals 🥇
- 6am Girls folks’s marathon – held in Sapporo to strive and save far from the Tokyo warmth, the females will open at around 10pm UK time so that you simply most likely can resolve in with your Ovaltine for a leisurely evening observing but any other particular person streak 26.2 miles to gold 🥇
- 6.30am Golf – it will maintain to serene be the fourth and closing round of the females’s golf – climate permitting 🥇
- 9.30am-12.47pm Canoe escape – there are four finals on Saturday, in the females’s canoe double 500m, males’s canoe single 1000m, and the kayak four 500m in both flavours 🥇
- 10am-12.20pm Seaside volleyball – the males’s bronze match choices pairs from Latvia and Qatar, adopted by Norway and Now not Russia serving for gold 🥇
- 10am and 3pm Diving – the males’s 10m platform semi-closing and then one of the best 🥇
- 10am, 11.30am and 3.20pm Rhythmic gymnastics – the morning classes are qualifications for the group all-around. The afternoon is the particular person all-around closing 🥇
- 11.30am, 4pm and 8pm Basketball – the morning begins with the males’s gold medal sport between the USA and France. At 4pm, it’s the females’s bronze closing (France v Serbia) with the males’s bronze medal match between Australia and Slovenia at 8pm 🥇
- 12pm and 7pm Baseball – first the bronze medal match between the Dominican Republic and South Korea, and then one of the best in the evening between Japan and the USA 🥇
- 2pm-3.15pm Boxing – four closing bouts at the moment time in males’s cruise, females’s cruise, males’s center and females’s welter weights. Britain’s Galal Yafai faces Cuba’s Carlo Paalam at 2pm 🥇
- 2pm-8.45pm Karate – that contains the males’s Kumite +75kg and females’s Kumite +61kg. The bronze medal bouts and the finals secure going around 7.20pm 🥇
- 2.30pm-7.30pm Fresh pentathlon – the males’s competition choices swimming, fencing, display jumping and then the mixed unfriendly-country streak interrupted by having to shoot at issues 🥇
- 3.30pm-6.25pm Display screen biking – races all day, but one closing to appear out for: the males’s madison closing at 4.55pm 🥇
- 5pm and 9pm Handball – it is Egypt v Spain for bronze first, then France v Denmark for the gold in the males’s competition 🥇
- 7pm Equestrian – it’s one of the best day with the horses at the moment time, and it is the jumping team closing 🐴🥇
- 7.30pm Creative swimming – the team free routine closing lights up Saturday on one of the best day of events 🥇
- 8.30pm Football – it’s the males’s closing in Yokohama, that contains Brazil v Spain 🥇
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As a Brazilian expat in Dublin, the chance of Brazil matching the U.S. because the discontinuance Olympic volleyball medallists is reasonably thrilling,” writes Flavia Gouveia. “The females’s team maintain clinched a advise in one of the best (in opposition to the USA), on the replacement hand it depends on the boys beating our hermanos Argentina in the bronze medal sport.”
I’m no doubt making an allowance for but any other Brazil v Argentina showdown. Shame it’s now not one of the best but that may per chance now not dampen the depth – on fable of in this sport, the loser gets nothing. Given how fierce their battle in the group stage changed into, it may per chance be a wild one.
Presumably on Monday we can just save going and streak a 24-hour retro Olympics blog, with the motivate of YouTube clips and loads of gallons of Lucozade? In that spirit, right here’s a great piece from David Tindall, written about view to be one of many Video games’ strangest song triumphs:
“For me the moment that’s stuck in my mind changed into observing Kye Whyte observing Beth Schriever a hit her gold medal,” writes Kelly Strudwick. “It changed into so heart warming observing his absolute snarl toughen, joy and then drawl for her welfare when she got right here off her bike after she’d received. It’s been a joy studying the blog, will miss it on Monday morning.”
What has it been enjoy conserving these weird and wonderful, shut-off Olympics in Japan? Barney Ronay offers some perception on a Video games of two halves:
“It is a designate of Tokyo’s grace as a bunch that the expertise for its guests has been marked by gentleness. Whatever one of the best level of this thing, whatever we scheme to be aware of it, that care and kindness will live, a lesson in exist in such shut proximity in these gruelling times.
That is one section of being right here: the human section, the unprecedented act of shared will in managing this expertise. The opposite section, and the opposite pole, is the tech component of being internal that IOC bubble, which feels every now and then enjoy a fairly alarming experiment in digital monitoring.”
“One highlight changed into waking to earn Tom Daley had finally obtained his gold medal,” says vsbain67. “A teary moment.”
What I cherished about Daley and Matty Lee’s save changed into how they are clearly such lawful chums. The identical applies with Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald at the moment time; I do know there’s lots more to it, but that mutual respect and understanding goes a great distance.
Here’s a heartwarming myth from Reuters: Ariel Torres, who received bronze in karate for the USA earlier on Friday, has paid tribute to his family for his or her sacrifices.
When Torres changed into 11, he stood with a series jar at a online page visitors gentle, day in and day out, inserting karate poses with his father. The money they raised helped them rent a van and trek to North Carolina for Torres’ first contest.
“My other folks got right here to the US for a better lifestyles, sacrificed every thing,” said Torres, whose other folks left Cuba when he changed into four. “They did every thing for me to form karate … this medal is going to interchange our lifestyles forever.”
“Successfully performed, Laura Muir. You had me out of my chair, jumping up and down, shouting and, finally, crying,” writes TruthCounts below the road. “What a urge! You were sensational.”
Here’s Teo Teng Kiat with a bit of Olympic history: “Liu Shiying’s victory for China in the females’s javelin is the first gold for an Asian athlete in both the males’s or females’s match – truly, she is the first Asian to save a javelin medal of any coloration.”
Team GB detect: Need to you simply can now not await Team GB to pile up even more medals on Saturday, right here’s the events to detect out for (by job of PA).
Boxing Galal Yafai takes on Carlo Paalam of the Philippines in what’s liable to be a rapid and excited affair as he seeks what may per chance be Britain’s first boxing gold of the Video games.
Athletics Only open air bets survive the song, at the side of Josh Kerr in the males’s 1500m closing and Morgan Lake in the females’s excessive soar. The females’s 4x400m relay team also will most likely be in contention for a medal.
Biking Matt Walls goes with Ethan Hayter in the males’s Madison, and the pair maintain every chance of emulating the success of Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald in the females’s urge.
Fresh pentathlon After an exhilarating gold medal for Kate French, Gargantuan Britain can brace for more neatly-liked pentathlon medals with both Joe Choong and Jamie Cooke focusing on the podium (and hoping for a lawful attract the equestrian match).
Diving Tom Daley has qualified in second put for the morning semi-finals of the 10m platform match, where he’ll scurry for a put in the afternoon closing.
Equestrian The team jumping closing offers Gargantuan Britain the chance for a file six medals in the match.
Friday’s 4x100m relays introduced mixed emotions for Team GB after a silver for the males and a bronze for the females.
“There changed into that bittersweet moment of anger and frustration, inspiring that you simply were 100th of a second far from an Olympic gold medal,” said Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, pipped to the attain line by Italy’s Filippo Tortu.
“I dare you all to secure your phone out and strive and open and stop your detect on a centesimal. That you just would be succesful of’t form it. And that’s how shut we were.”
Euro 2020! Males’s 100m gold! 4x100m relay gold! 36 other medals, at the side of the transcendent Second of the Video games! And Eurovision! It’s been a golden summer season for Italy, alright.
Place let me know your Olympic highlights to this level. I would in particular admire to listen to from anybody who has managed to remove a detect of actual-lifestyles Olympic sport in Japan, where spectator secure admission to has been so restricted.
Failing that, tales of odd events at outdated Video games are more than welcome. Were you furthermore may at the Excel Centre for the boccia in 2012? Electronic mail me, tweet or observation below the road …
The hot matter of the day serene looks to be Annika Schleu and her equestrian failure in the stylish pentathlon.
“I read a observation from a outdated Olympic pentathlete who said she couldn’t understand why Schleu didn’t change her horse,” says Sally. “It had performed in the same method badly on its first scurry-round with its outdated rider. She said that though horses are allocated randomly, there may be the chance to interchange if mandatory, and Schleu didn’t.”
I’ve tried to dig into this, pushing my rudimentary files of German and equestrian rules to utterly the restrict. As handiest as I can command, Schleu and her coach did deserve to interchange horses, but as Saint Boy top doubtless refused three jumps for his first rider, the ROC’s Gulnaz Gubaydullina, they weren’t allowed to.
“We may per chance top doubtless change horses if it stopped four times beforehand,” the German team coach said. “However it top doubtless stopped Thrice. Meaning we needed to utilize that horse. He doesn’t even deserve to streak. It’s now not Annika’s fault.” Schleu has also said she broke down in tears on fable of she knew the horse changed into now not liable to cooperate, after which all of it turned a bit hard to detect.
Thanks, Paul. Time to retract the baton and lunge down the motivate straight, as we look motivate on an action-packed Friday at the Video games, and forward to a by some skill even more action-packed Saturday. Let’s scurry!
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Team GB are as much as fourth in the medal table, in the motivate of China, USA and Japan.
To construct that in some context, Gargantuan Britain accomplished fourth in Beijing in 2008, third in London in 2012 and second in Rio in 2016. Though they were also 36th in Atlanta in 1996.
The fleshy fable of how Laura Muir received silver in the 1,500m, by Sean Ingle.
I’ve been serious about Rhys McClenaghan all week. McClenaghan went into the pommel horse closing on Sunday anticipating to save the gold medal, but he made one mistake and accomplished seventh. No gold. No podium. No open-top bus parade. His Olympics effectively got right here down to a one-minute routine and it changed into outlined by a mistake: he misplaced a finger.
Here’s what he needed to disclose after the match: “It didn’t scurry to devise and that’s sport exactly. One finger placement went off and that changed into me off the horse. You understand, that’s the top doubtless of margins in gymnastics – one finger obtained caught below the handle and that changed into it, that knocked me off.”
After practicing for 5 years for a one-minute routine that went all inaccurate in one circulate of one finger, he changed into very stoic, asserting: “I’m standing right here in front of you an Olympian, an Olympic finalist, the first-ever Irish gymnast to maintain that and to be lawful, for me, I’ll be strolling far from this a more unsafe man, a more unsafe man than ever earlier than, on fable of with disappointment comes an gorgeous amount of motivation and inspiration.”
All individuals knows the margins are tight at the elite diploma, but some tales stand out more than others. I bellow McClenaghan had more time competing at the Video games than the 100 metre sprinters who misplaced their first warmth. About a of them were despatched house having been in action for decrease than 11 seconds.
A brand recent vogue in the Krystsina Tsimanouskaya fable:
The IOC has expelled two Belarusian coaches who pulled sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya from the Olympic Video games and tried to force her to board a flight house to Minsk.
Athletics head coach Artur Shumak and team legitimate Yuri Moisevich had their accreditations rescinded and were asked to pass away the Olympic village, the organisation introduced in a Twitter post on Friday.
Our reporter Kieran Pender has been writing about Australia’s sudden success at the Olympic Stadium.
Australia is internationally renowned for its prowess in a lot of sports. A entire lot of considerable exceptions apart, song and area events need to now not amongst them. Whereas athletics accounts for 21 of the 150-irregular gold medals received by Australia in Olympic history, second top doubtless to swimming, just four of these maintain approach in the past three a few years. Australia dominates in the pool and has traditionally been robust in rowing, crusing and biking – on the song and in the area, Australian athletes maintain had less success.
It changed into a considerable moment then, when, midway by approach to proceedings on Friday, 5 Australian females were in action in athletics finals at the same time. Within the javelin, Barber, Kathryn Mitchell and Mackenzie Microscopic had all made one of the best eight. As they were deep in competition, the females’s 1500m closing, that contains Australians Linden Corridor and Jessica Hull, changed into streak and received (Corridor accomplished sixth, Hull 11th). “To maintain that many improbable athletes in the stadium – it changed into entirely unreal,” said Microscopic afterwards.
The key events for the next day, by job of our on daily basis briefing.
All events are listed right here in local Tokyo time. Add an hour for Sydney, subtract eight hours for Bristol, 13 hours for New York and 16 hours for San Francisco.
There’s top doubtless one session in the stadium on Saturday and it is closing after closing. We secure the females’s excessive soar and the males’s javelin. The females’s 10,000m closing is at 7.45pm. The males’s 1500m closing is 8.40pm. Then we attain the song events in the stadium with the explosive double whammy of the females’s and males’s 4x400m relay finals.
Girls folks’s marathon (6am)
Held in Sapporo to strive and save far from the Tokyo warmth, the females will open at around 10pm UK time so that you simply most likely can resolve in with your Ovaltine for a leisurely evening observing but any other particular person streak 26.2 miles to gold.
It will maintain to serene be the fourth and closing round of the females’s golf – climate permitting.
Canoe escape (9.30am-12.47pm)
There are four finals on Saturday, in the females’s canoe double 500m, males’s canoe single 1000m, and the kayak four 500m in both flavours.
Seaside volleyball (10am-12.20pm)
The males’s bronze match choices pairs from Latvia and Qatar, adopted by Norway and Now not Russia serving for gold.
Diving (10am and 3pm)
The males’s 10m platform semi-closing and then one of the best.
Rhythmic gymnastics (10am, 11.30am and 3.20pm)
The morning classes are qualifications for the group all-around. The afternoon is the particular person all-around closing.
Basketball (11.30am, 4pm and 8pm)
The programme is all topsy-turvy – most likely for the coolest thing about US TV audiences – but the morning begins with the males’s gold medal sport between the USA and France. At 4pm, it’s the females’s bronze closing (France v Serbia) with the males’s bronze medal match between Australia and Slovenia at 8pm.
Baseball (12pm and 7pm )
First the bronze medal match between the Dominican Republic and South Korea, and then one of the best in the evening between Japan and the USA.
Four closing bouts at the moment time in males’s cruise, females’s cruise, males’s center and females’s welter weights. Britain’s Galal Yafai faces Cuba’s Carlo Paalam at 2pm.
That contains the males’s Kumite +75kg and females’s Kumite +61kg. The bronze medal bouts and the finals secure going around 7.20pm.
Fresh pentathlon (2.30pm-7.30pm)
The males’s competition choices swimming, fencing, display jumping and then the mixed unfriendly-country streak interrupted by having to shoot at issues. It is so huge to detect.
Display screen biking (3.30pm-6.25pm)
Races all day, but one closing to appear out for: the males’s madison closing at 4.55pm.
Handball (5pm and 9pm)
It is Egypt v Spain for bronze first, then France v Denmark for the gold in the males’s competition.
It’s one of the best day with the horses at the moment time, and it is the jumping team closing.
Creative swimming (7.30pm)
The team free routine closing lights up Saturday on one of the best day of events.
It’s the males’s closing in Yokohama, that contains Brazil v Spain.
My colleague Martin Belam has just despatched out his on daily basis briefing on the Video games. That you just would be succesful of receive his on daily basis epistle every single day at 5pm BST by job of electronic mail.
It’s the ultimate put to listen to about the day’s action – with sections devoted to Team GB, USA, Australia and the hosts – and it also serves as a huge preview for what’s going down next in Tokyo.
Martin involves an sharp truth in his electronic mail every single day. Here is at the moment time’s:
The venerable handover of the Olympic flag takes put for the length of the closing ceremony, when it is handed to the mayor of the next host city. On Sunday will be handed to the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. On the same time, Paris 2024 organisers are planning to strive and put of residing a recent world file – by flying the top doubtless flag ever fabricated from the Eiffel Tower.
Simone Manuel, the 2-time Olympic champion, has asked journalists to “please stop interviewing athletes correct after a disappointing performance earlier than they’ve any time to route of anything else”.
“It’s now not on public display when someone gets fired from their job or fails a test,” she adds. “As athletes, we aren’t obligated to give other folks all of our soul. And it seems enjoy that’s what the media and some spectators enjoy. By no method is this an assault on the media. Upright offering solutions that I accumulate many athletes feel will maintain to be made.”
What form you watched? Need to athletes be interviewed straight after events – or at all?
Our reporter Suzy Wrack changed into at the Yokohama Stadium to detect Canada save gold in the females’s football closing.
Ingo Herzke has despatched me a really indispensable electronic mail. I changed into attempting (unsuccessfully) to be aware the name of the pentathlete who broke down and went from 1st to 31st.
The German pentathlete who changed into leading (by rather a margin) earlier than that horse destroyed her hopes is named Annika Schleu. And the horse had already disqualified but any other rider in the first round on fable of he changed into so petrified. I truly don’t secure why she couldn’t change horses.
I’m guessing – and I’m now not an educated on the stylish pentathlon – that the root in the motivate of giving the rider a horse she does now not know is to design the sport more graceful. However per chance it is going to work the replacement method. Here’s what former neatly-liked pentathlete Hugh Forde said about the match on Irish TV:
Annika Schleu had that medal wrapped up, she is a supreme athlete. All the pieces she worked for is out the door consequently of that horse. To be rather frank, it’s now not lawful sufficient. These horses were examined around these tracks, but that behaviour from that animal, you may request an even bigger standard at this diploma. It’s too merciless.
It applies as neatly to Natalya Coyle. She did entirely nothing inaccurate in her round. She didn’t deserve it. It’s entirely devastating.
An electronic mail from Buffy Lovekin about Kate French a hit gold in the stylish pentathlon earlier at the moment time:
Rather honestly, this match has to be the toughest to master, with expertise so wide and varying it boggles the mind. What number of folks all over on the earth know after they’re a child that they’d additionally be a pentathlete? A skillset where horses you’ve now not met need jumping around a route, 800m running with some firearms thrown in, oh wait right here’s a sword and can you be truly lawful at swimming?
Seriously, how can that be a thing? Never mind you’re in fifth situation and you rupture the area and save gold. It changed into view to be one of many top doubtless Olympic performances I’ve witnessed for any country by any athlete. An absolute tackle. Please allow us to as a nation be aware this gold in the same bracket as Jess Ennis-Hill, Chris Hoy, Linford Christie and Kelly Holmes. Thank you Kate French.
I adopted the stylish pentathlon about a hours ago and maintain just watched the highlights again. Kate French’s victory changed into huge but the represent – and sound – that has stayed with me changed into seeing the girl whose horse just wouldn’t lag. I accumulate she changed into in the lead at the time but her hopes of a hit were overwhelmed by her horse’s intransigence. Hearing her wail uncontrollably while serene competing changed into poor. I’m now not optimistic what she’s known as but anybody who saw it is going to understand who I imply. My heart went out to her.
Now for something a bit of a bunch of. 5 years ago, when the Olympics went to Rio, the Brazilian artist Andre Gola compiled a series of cartoons for us about how it felt to welcome the Video games to his house country. They were funny and political and lowering and sharp.
Andre has been enthusiastic with me again to fragment this sketch about the Tokyo Video games.
Girls folks’s javelin: Amid all of the football and relay action earlier, I didn’t command you who received the females’s javelin.
Liu Shiying received gold for China consequently of a gap throw of 66.34m. Maria Andrejczyk picked up the silver medal for Poland consequently of a throw of 64.61m. And the Kelsey-Lee Barber threw 64.56 metres alongside with her sixth and closing strive and reach the podium for Australia.
Whatever you watched about penalty shootouts as a job of deciding games of football – even Olympic finals – it’s crucial to confess they provide one of the most photogenic attain to a match imaginable.
“Making the unpredictable look predictable is one measure of greatness in sport,” writes William Fotheringham as he analyses how Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald dominated in the madison.