The Matildas are in action against the USA tonight in their final group game

Day 4 of Tokyo 2020 is set to be a big day, with medals in multiple sports, and other big ticket events. Follow along with The Inner Sanctum's Live Blog.

Welcome to our live blog of Tokyo 2020. All Olympics we will keep you up to date as we go with all the action.

You can always check up on our recaps of the day before, or our podcast and video updates at the Olympic Hub.

Catch up on last night’s updates with our podcast, Ascending Olympus, and our video segment, Five Rings in Five Minutes.

If you’re struggling to work out what to watch, we put together a handy guide of the events to watch today.

11:54pm: That is all for Day 4, we will have more tomorrow.

11:47pm: Germany has won gold in the Equestrian Team Grand Prix Special.

11:43pm: China defeated Brazil 2-0 in the Women’s Beach Volleyball.

11:12pm: Japan are Tokyo 2020 softball gold medallists, defending its Beijing 2008 win while the USA claim silver. The USA’s Delaney Spaulding, with a full count, popped up in foul territory for the final out of the game. Runs in the fourth and fifth innings proved decisive for Japan in taking a 2-0 victory.

11:05pm: The USA are down to its last three outs as softball’s GOLD medal game heads into the bottom of the seventh inning against Japan, down 2-0. A brilliant catch by the USA’s Janie Reed in leftfield with a leaping jump up against the wall with an outstretched glove ended the top of the seventh, and prevented a further run for Japan.

10:58pm: In the softball, a clutch double-play ends the sixth inning where Japan still leads 2-0 in the gold medal game against the USA. With runners on first and second and one down, Amanda Chidester hit a linedrive which ricocheted off the glove of the shortstop Atsumi Mata only to be caught by third base Yamamoto Yu who threw quickly to second base to force the leading runner out to end the innings.

10:52pm: ROC claims Women’s Team Gold at Tokyo 2020, 3.432 ahead of the United States.
1 ROC – 169.528
2 United States – 166.096
3 Great Britain – 164.096
4 Italy – 163.638
5 Japan – 163.280
6 France – 163.263
7 China – 161.196
8 Belgium – 159.695

10:52pm: Great Britain will finish in third with a massive comeback after poor early rotations with a final score of 164.096.

10:50pm: The Matildas will take on Great Britain for a chance to play off for a medal at the Olympics on Friday at 7pm.

10:44pm: A poor final rotation from the Chinese has shot them down in the rankings, guaranteed to finish behind France with a total score of 161.196 to the French’s 163.364.

10:38pm: Jordan Chiles falls on her penultimate tumbling pass scoring an 11.700, this could be the end of Team USA’s Gold Medal chances.

10:35pm: With China currently down 4-1 to the Netherlands in the Women’s football, the Matildas will qualify for the quarter finals.

10:30pm: Another two-out RBI single to Japan doubles its lead to 2-0 against the USA in the gold medal match for softball. At the top of the fifth inning, after a pitching change from the USA, Yamamota Yu stole second on a wild pitch before Fujita Yamato drove a ball into rightfield to allow the runner to score.

10:24pm: Meanwhile Italy sits solidly in third pulling two points clear of Japan, China, while Great Britain looks to slip into 4th or 5th, Belgium and France sit in 7th and 8th.

10:23pm: With one rotation remaining the ROC is on the cusp of winning both the Men’s and Women’s team events since the Soviet Union did so in 1988, but even without Biles Team USA is mounting a comeback looking to overcome a 0.800 difference, a step out of bounds or a fall could decide the team final tonight.

10:21pm: Jordan Chiles nails her Beam routine! Not expected to compete on Beam today, but subbed in due to the withdrawal of Simone Biles. Chiles scores a 13.433.

10:13pm: Team USA has pulled ahead of ROC by 0.100 with a 14.133 from Sunisa Lee, each have one gymnast left on beam and the floor event will decide who wins Gold tonight.

10:09pm: Aussie Jack McLoughlin finishes third in his Men’s 800m Freestyle heat behind Austria’s Felix Auboeck and Brazil’s Guilherme Costa, qualifying him for the final in sixth.

10:08pm: Another low score from the ROC on Beam with Angelina Melnikova scoring a 12.566, Sunisa Lee is on Beam now and tighten the gap even further.

10:07pm: Japan claims the first run against the USA in the bronze medal softball match to lead 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning. Fujita Yamato scored from third on an two-out Atsumi Mana infield single.

10:04pm: A strong routine from Grace McCallum brings the USA one point closer to the ROC, now just 1.467 points separating the two midway through the third rotation.

10:00pm: Silver medallist in the 400m Jack McLoughlin in the pool right now in the 800m Freestyle heats.

9:58pm: Vladislava Urazova is first up on beam in the third rotation, shaky start to the routine falling and missing early connections, scoring a 12.633 potentially opening the door for team USA to claw back some of the difference if all three perform clean.

9:54pm: Great defensive displays from both Japan and the USA ensures the score remains 0-0 heading into the fourth innings of softball’s bronze medal game. Each team has been able to get multiple runners into scoring positions but a tight defence and catches deep in the outfield have prevented any runs scoring so far.

9:49pm: Massive score from Sunisa Lee on bars keeps team USA comfortably in second on 85.998 points, however, she’s unable to close the gap on the Russians who are on 88.498 after two rotations. There’s a big fight ahead for third in the final two rotations with China, Italy and Japan all within a point of each other.

9:42pm: Stellar Uneven Bars routine from Sunisa Lee scoring a 15.400.

9:41pm: Nagase Takanori has won gold for Japan in the Judo Men’s 81kg.

9:35pm: Biles is done for the day, has been subbed out on beam for Jordan Chiles as well and Sunisa Lee on Floor

9:21pm: Simone Biles has been subbed out on the Uneven Bars with Jordan Chiles to compete second for the United States on this rotation.

9:19pm: Australia has finished second behind Great Britain and ahead of the United States in the second heat of the Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay.

9:18pm: Rounding out the rest of the first rotation, France has started ahead of China in 3rd and 4th respectively, China is expected to take back the difference on Beam their dominant apparatus. Meanwhile, Italy and Japan are in 5th and 6th whilst Great Britain and Belgium are in the final two places.

9:09pm: Italy has taken out the first heat of the 4x200m Freestyle Relay with a time of 7:05:05 in front of ROC and Switzerland.

9:05pm: Simone Biles bails out of Amanar and does a 1.5 on vault with a big leap forward upon landing, scores a 13.766 with the difficulty value lowered to a 5.0 from the 5.8 start value, the lowest score on vault for the rotation. ROC has a 1.067 lead over the United States after the first rotation.

9:05pm: The softball gold medal game is underway between Japan and the USA in a rematch of Beijing 2008. The only two nations to win gold in the sport at the Olympic Games, Japan is the defending champions while the USA won the first three from 1996 to 2004.

8:57pm: Matt Wilson finished fifth in his heat in 2:09.29, but has still qualified for the semi final. Stubblety-Cook is the (equal) fastest qualifier.

8:53pm: The Men’s 200m Backstroke heats are underway. Zac Stubblety-Cook has finished first in his heat in a dead-heat with 2:07.37, despite a very slow start.

Our recap of the Matildas’ draw against the USA is here.

8:45pm: The Women’s Team event in the Artistic Gymnastics is about to commence, 1st and 2nd in qualifying ROC and The United States will commence on Vault, with fans wondering if Biles will attempt the Yurchenko Double Pike tonight.

Rounding out the first rotation, China and France will start on Uneven Bars, Belgium and Great Britain are on the Balance Beam and Japan and Italy are on Floor

8:40pm: Kei Nishikori has won the third set of his match against Marcus Giron to progress to the fourth round. The final score was 7-6, 3-6, 6-1.

8:37pm: In non-athlete related news – Softball Australia umpire Kyira Cox has been selected as the home plate umpire for the sport’s gold medal game between Japan and the USA.

Our full recap of the Opals’ defeat is here.

8:33pm: Brianna Throssell is through to the Women’s 200m Butterfly semi final with a time of 2:09.34.

8:22pm: Fiji has knocked Australia out in the Quarter Final of the Rugby Sevens. Fiji ran over the top and ran out 21-0 winners.

Kyle Chalmers wins his heat in 47.77 of the Men’s 100m Freestyle. Cam McEvoy finished seventh in his heat in 48.72, won by Thomas Ceccon (ITA). Chalmers has qualified third fastest for the semi-finals.

8:17pm: Jerry Tuwai scores again for Fiji, and the Aussies trail 14-0 in the second half.

8:10pm: Maurice Longbottom had the Aussies in a great position, but Lachie Anderson is unable to score. Fiji leads 7-0 at half time.

Kei Nishikori is up a break in the third set of the Tennis. Belgium is 7-4 up over South Africa in the Men’s Hockey. Sweden defeated New Zealand in the Women’s Football.

8:05pm: Fiji draw first blood with a linebreak, and a try under the posts. They lead 7-0 with 3 minutes left in the first half.

The heats of the Men’s 100m Freestyle are underway, but no Aussies for a few more minutes.

8:00pm: Fiji with an early handling error gives the Aussies the ball out of the scrum early.

Marcus Giron has taken the second set against Kei Nishikori 6-3, forcing a deciding third set.

7:57pm: The Aussie Men are about to get underway in the Quarter Final against Fiji.

The Swimming is about to get underway too, with the Men’s 100m Freestyle one of the events on tonight’s program.

This is a fun little fact from Kaylee McKeown’s gold medal earlier in the day:

7:52pm: The Opals have opened their Olympic campaign with a blowout loss to Belgium, forcing a re-evaluation of expectations. Belgium has won 85-70. We will have a full recap of the match later on.

7:50pm: The Matildas have finished their last match of the group stages against the USA with a scoreless draw. It’s their fourth draw (with one win) in 30 matches.

The Opals are getting blown out, as they trail by 14 with a minute remaining.

7:47pm: The Matildas are running out of time to score, as it’s 0-0 with 87 minutes done. The Opals are in a spot of trouble, as they’re down eight with three minutes remaining.

Latvia has won 22-18 with a two point shot from Agnis Cavars against the Netherlands in the Men’s 3×3 Basketball

7:45pm: Great Britain have pulled off a miraculous comeback in the Rugby Sevens, after trailing the USA 21-0.

Argentina is up 7-14 in the first half of the men’s Rugby Sevens quarter-final against South Africa with Marcos Montea scoring both tries for Los Pumas.

It’s 1-1, 10 minutes into the Men’s Hockey match between Belgium and South Africa.

7:40pm: After winning the first set in a tie break Kei Nishikori is now down a break in the second to opponent Marcos Giron with scores at 4-2 in the second set.

Frenchman Ugo Humbert is serving for the match in the third set against Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic.

The Opals trail by eight with five minutes remaining against Belgium. And the Matildas’ match against the USA remains scoreless.

Canada’s Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard has won Bronze against Colombia’s Anriquelis Barrios in the Women’s -63kg Judo winning with a Waza-Ari

7:35pm: It’s 3-3 in the first quarter between Japan and Hungary in the Men’s Water Polo.

The other group G match in the Women’s football is still New Zealand 0 Sweden 2, with Sweden guaranteed to top the group while the current match between the Matildas and the USA will determine who is guaranteed to qualify.

If the score remains 0-0, USA qualifies on goal difference, Australia will have to await the results of the other groups to see if they are one of the two third-place teams after the group stage to qualify (although China’s goal difference is worse than Australia’s).

Germany has won Gold in the Equestrian Grand Prix Special – Team, on 2652 points, Great Britain finished in with the Silver with 2577.5 and the United States won Bronze with 2504 points.

7:30pm: Chance for the USA as a set piece finds the head of Lindsey Horan, but the American can’t direct it goalward as it flashes wide of the post, and it’s still scoreless at 70 minutes.

At the final change, Australia lead by a single point 57-56 with thanks to some late damage from deep, but Belgium maintained a lot of momentum after coming back from a seven point deficit halfway through the quarter.

In the Rugby Sevents, the Men’s quarter-final between South Africa and Argentina is about to get underway, as is the match between Belgium and South Africa in the Men’s Hockey.

7:20pm: Kyra Cooney-Cross comes into the game in the 61st minute, hoping to inject some more pace for the Matildas as they look to break through. Chloe Logarzo played well in her first start under Tony Gustavsson, but her night is over.

Double substitution for USA, Megan Rapinoe and Samantha Mewis make way for Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan.

The Opals lead 51-49 with four minutes left in the third quarter. Ezi Magbegor has been dominant for them in her Olympic debut, aged just 21.

7:15pm: Megan Rapinoe looks to jink a pass in behind from a freekick, but the Matildas pre-empt it with an offside trap. The flag eventually goes up.

The Opals have started the third well with strong defensive pressure and lead 49-43.

7:10pm: The Matildas looking promising early on in the second half, threatening with a set piece and then a shot from Mary Fowler.

At half time in the Women’s basketball, it seems someone is making a late play for selection.

7:03pm: The second half is underway for both the Matildas. After a strong first half from Mary Fowler, they will be hoping to put a couple in the back of the net and seal a place in the quarter finals.

In the Women’s RS:X Charline Picon (FRA) and Emma Wilson (GBR) are on equal points with 14 for the top spot while Lu Yunxiu is in third on 16 points.

7:00pm: In the other Women’s Football Group G match, Sweden lead New Zealand 2-0 at half time, and are on track to top the group.

After 6 races of sailing in the Men’s RS:X Kiran Badloe (NED) is in 1st with 15 points, close behind is Mattia Camboni (ITA) with 16 points and in third is Mateo Sanz Lanz (SUI) with 20.

6:57pm: The Opals lead 41-37 at half time, after a buzzer beater from Emma Meeseman closes the gap slightly.

6:50pm: We’re wrapping up Race 2 of the Men’s Finn in the Sailing, and the event is led by Alican Kaynar (TUR) with Australian Jake Lilley in eighth.

The Canadians have scored some consolation tries in the Rugby Sevens, as they go down 21-10 to New Zealand.

The Opals lead by five, 39-34 with 1:43 left in the first half.

6:45pm: The Matildas miss on a corner, before the USA go the length of the field on the counter attack. A strong save and it’s scoreless at half time.

The Opals lead by a solitary point with 4:20 left in the first half.

A little fun fact:

6:40pm: After losing the first set to Great Britain’s Liam Broady 7-5, Hubert Hurkacz (POL) has won the second 3-6 sending them to a third set.

The Opals have closed the gap and lead 28-25 after back to back threes for Cayla George.

6:35pm: Kei Nishikori (JPN) is up an early break in the first leading over the United States’ Marcos Giron 2-3.

The Opals trail 21-17 at the end of the first quarter, and NZL lead the first quarter-final of the Rugby Sevens 21-0 at the end of the first half.

The Matildas are still scoreless in their matchup against Team USA after 35 minutes.

6:32pm: The USA thought they had the opener, but alas, Alex Morgan was offside, and keeps the match scoreless.

6:30pm: The Matildas have had another corner prevented and the USA is showing plenty of intent on the counterattack. The Opals trail 15-11.

6:27pm: The Rugby Sevens Quarter FInals are also underway, with New Zealand first up against Canada.

Jenna O’Hea has checked in for the Opals as they trail 8-12, and the Matildas are on the move.

Turkey have won the second set against Italy 25-23 in the Women’s Volleyball. It’s all tied up one set apiece.

6:25pm: Ezi Magbegor and Bec Allen have the early scores for the Opals, as they trail 4-9 with 6:24 left in the first.

There’s still no score on the Matildas, as the back ends for each team hold strong.

6:20pm: And the Matildas have been thwarted again from the corner. There has been no score after 20 minutes, despite the Matildas being on the attack.

The Opals have now started against Belgium but there is no score early.

6:18pm: The Matildas come so close, with a header that hits the crossbar, before the USA clears the ball from the area. And they’ve forced another corner.

6:13pm: It’s been a fast-moving opening for the Matildas against the USA, but there’s no score after 15 minutes. The Opals are finishing the national anthems and are ready to play.

6:10pm: If you want to stay tuned to women’s sport in Australia, follow along with the AFLW Draft right here, where we will keep you up to date with all the action there.

6:08pm: Carissa Moore (USA) is the first ever Olympic gold medallist in Women’s Surfing.

6:01pm: It’s been a busy few minutes, with Duckworth and Fox both finishing up. We’ve got the Matildas on now in the Women’s Football against the USA in their final game in Group G, and the Opals are about to open their Olympic campaign in the Women’s Basketball in about 20 minutes against Belgium.

5:59pm: Australian James Duckworth has gone down to Karen Kachanov (ROC) 5-7 1-6.

5:57pm: Elina Svitolina has fought out a tough win over Maria Sakkari 6-4 in the final set.

5:50pm: It’s a Bronze for Australia!

Jess Fox finishes 3rd in the K1 Canoe Slalom behind German Ricarda Funk and Spaniard Maialen Chourrat.

5:40pm: Italy leading Turkey 16-8 in the first set of the Women’s Volleyball. Italy has already recorded three aces.

5:31pm: With a double fault Khachanov breaks Duckworth’s serve in the first game of the second set, this could spell the end of the Aussie men at Tokyo 2020 in the tennis

5:29pm: Switzerland has claimed the treble in the Women’s Mountain Biking
Gold: Jolanda Neff
Silver: Sina Frei
Bronze: Linda Indergaard

Aussie Bec McConnell was the final finisher, in 28th

5:27pm: Khachanov takes the first set 5-7

5:25pm: Olympic history for Brazil!

5:23pm: Karen Khachanov has broken James Duckworth and the 12th seed will now serve for the set

5:16pm: Unfortunately Jian Fang Lay’s Tokyo campaign has come to an end, falling in Round 3 to Germany’s Ying Han.

5:15pm: The Women’s K1 Slalom Final is underway!

COMING UP AT 6PM EST: The Matildas fight to keep their Olympic campaign alive when they take on USA in the final Group G clash. Here’s how they’ll line up

Chloe Logarzo, the hero of The Matilda’s 3-2 win over Brazil at the World Cup earns her first start under new coach Tony Gustavsson

5:08pm: Elina Svitolina has taken the second set 6-3 against Maria Sakkari. We’re off to a deciding set

5:06pm: Ying Han takes the 3rd game in her 3rd round clash with Australian Jian Ling Fay

4:56pm: Jian Fang Lay has some work to do here, Down 2 games to love in her 3rd round clash with Ying Han but don’t rule out a fightback from the Aussie fighter!

4:53pm: China’s Chen Yuxi and Zhang Jiaqi have won gold in the Women’s Synchronised Diving 10m Platform with a total score of 363.78. Earning a silver medal is Jessica Parratto and Delaney Schnell of the USA who scored 310.80. Mexico’s Gabriella Agundez Garcia and Alejandra Orozco Loza edged Canada by 0.54 points to claim bronze with a score of 299.70

4:49pm: Jian Fang Lay has just the first game of her 3rd round table-tennis clash with Germany’s Ying Han.

Meanwhile, there’s drama in the Men’s surfing gold medal match as Brazillian Italo Ferreira requires a new board! allowing Kanoa Igarashi the time to have the pick of the waves and claim the early lead

4:40pm: More medals for Japan! Tsuzuki Amuro wins the Bronze in Women’s surfing with a score of 6.80, defeating Caroline Marks who scored 4.26. It was tough conditions out there setting up tantalising match ups in the gold medal matches

4:38pm: Japan’s Arai Matsuri and Itahashi Minami had the best dive of round four and have rocketed into third place. China still leads with a score of 279.30, ahead of second-placed Jessica Parratto and Delaney Schnell from USA in the Women’s Synchronised Diving 10m Platform. The race for silver and bronze is still wide open ahead of the final round.


4:30pm: A few changes to the scores in the Women’s Synchronised Diving 10m Platform after three rounds. China still remains first, now with a lead of over 20 points to the next competitor, Canada. Germany’s Tina Punzel and Christina Wassen sit third in a close race for bronze.

4:28pm: Despite a fourth-quarter comeback attempt from Nigeria, the Americans walk away from their first group stage match with an 81 – 72 point win.

4:26pm: Greek 14th seed Maria Sakkari has mounted a brilliant comeback in the first set against 4th seed Ukrainian Elina Svitolina. She takes the opening set 7-5 after trailing 0-4 in the initial stages.

Coming up: Can the run continue for Australian Jian Fang Lay? She’s about to step out for her 3rd Round match

4:20pm: After two rounds of the Women’s Synchronised Diving 10m Platform, China leads with a score of 111.00 with Canada trailing second, ahead of Malaysia in third by a score of .60 points

4:16pm: Jolanda Neff (SUI) leads the pack by 17s after an early crash in the Women’s Mountain Biking. Aussie Bec McConnell sits in 11th in the chase pack.

4:14pm: In the Women’s Synchronised Diving 10m Platform, China’s Yuxi Chen and Jiaqi Zhang hold first place with a score of 53.40, Malaysia’s Mun Yee Leong and Pandelela Pamg are behind with 50.40 points while Canadian pair Meaghan Benefeito and Caeli McKay sit third with 49.20 points after one round.

4:11pm: Sensational Semi-Final run for Jess Fox, down the course in 105.85 to qualify fastest for the K1 Final later this afternoon.

Fox will be last down the course in the final in the pursuit for gold.

4:00pm: Underway in the Women’s Cross Country Mountain Bike! after the fun of the Men yesterday, what surprises will the women give us in Izu tday?

3:56pm: Canada has its first medal in Olympic Games softball, beating Mexico 3-2 in the bronze medal match. Danielle Lawrie got Brittany Cervantes to strike out swinging for the final out of the game.


Owen Wright has claimed victory in the Bronze Medal match, edging out world number 1 Gabriel Medina 11.97 to 11.77

3:46pm: Heading into the seventh inning, Mexico trails Canada 3-2. Mexico needs one run to keep the game going, otherwise Canada needs three outs to claim bronze in softball.

3:38pm: Owen Wright continues to be patient as Medina draws closer with an overall score of 8.50. Wright remains on 8.60 with 15 minutes to go in the bronze medal match

3:33pm: At the half, the Americans have turned it on in the second quarter now leading 32-44 over the Nigerians, shooting at 52 percent from the field for the half

Coming up at 4pm EST, Aussie Rebecca McConnell competes in the Women’s Cross Country mountain bike event in Izu

3:28pm: With two scoring waves on the board Owen Wright has taken the lead with 8.60 to Medina’s 6.43 with 22 minutes to go

3:24pm: It’s a big afternoon/ evening coming out on the beach, with all the surfing Medal matches taking place

Now – Gabriel Medina (Brazil) v Owen Wright (Aus) for Bronze 
4pm – Caroline Marks (USA) v Amuro Tsuzuki (Japan) for Bronze 
4.45pm – Kanoa Igrashi (Japan) v Italo Ferreira (Brazil) for Gold 
5.30pm – Bianca Buitendag (RSA) v Carissa Moore (USA) for Gold

3:22pm: STAT: Team USA has only lost their first group stage match once at Montreal 1976 the inaugural year for women’s basketball at the summer Olympics. Currently leading Nigeria 43-27 in the shadows of halftime.

3:21pm: It’s all tied up at 2-2 in the fifth inning against Mexico and Canada in the softball bronze medal match. With runners on the corners and with two out, Mexico’s Suzannah Brookshire’s hit flew over the outstretched glove of Kelsey Harshman at second base and into centrefield, allowing Sydney Romero to score. As the rain comes down in Yokohoma, Canada make a pitching change with Danielle Lawrie replacing Jenna Caira

3:12pm: Aussie Owen Wright is about to begin his bronze medal match up against Gabriel Medina from Brazil in the Men’s surfing

3:11pm: The Women’s K1 Slalom Semi-Final is underway! Australian Jess Fox will begin her run soon for a place in the Final

3:10pm: Nigeria well and truly holding their own against The USA in the Women’s Basketball up at the first break 20 – 17. The Americans are shooting at 33 percent from the field while Nigeria is also having trouble converting at 21 percent

3:02pm: World number 1 Carissa Moore from the USA won through to the Women’s surfing final. She will take on South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag in the Gold medal match.

3:00pm: Significant news out on the tennis court with Naomi Osaka falling in straight sets to by world 42 Markéta Vondroušová 6-4, 6-1.

The big seeds continue to tumble in Tokyo


2:56 pm: things are tense out in the surf in the Women’s Semi-Final. American and world number 1 Carissa Moore leading Amuro Tsuzuki narrowly 8.00 – 7.43. The tropical storm making for some compelling viewing and waves with just under 8 minutes to go

2:53 pm: Erika Yamasaki finishes fourth in the Women’s 59kg Weightlifting division with a score of 170kg – 75kg on the snatch and 95kg on the clean and jerk. Kiana Elliot finishes top of the Women’s 64kg division with a score of 209kg – 101kg on the snatch and 108kg on the clean and jerk.

2:52:pm ICYMI, raw emotion from Aussie surfer Sally Fitzgibbons after she bowed out in the quarter-finals earlier today.

2:49pm: Much better from Naomi Osaka in the second set as the score is locked away, on serve at 4-4.

2:46pm: Mexico gets a run back at the top of the third, halving the deficit against Canada, 2-1. A Brittany Cervantes RBI single into leftfield saw Sydney Romero score from second base

2:41pm: Kiana Elliot, already leading the Women’s 64kg Weightlifting division, attempted 111kg to add to her score however it’s the 108kg from her second attempt that counts as she’s unsuccessful. The Australian is atop her respective division with a score of 209kg.

2:36pm: Canada score first in the bronze medal softball match against Mexico, leading 2-0. At the bottom of the second with two runners in scoring positions, a two-RBI single from Emma Entzminger into leftfield saw Erika Polidori and Jenn Salling score. Plenty of energy in the Canadian dugout following the runs too

2:34pm: The games are about to begin for Team USA in the Women’s Basketball program. Their clash against Nigeria is set to commence shortly.

2:31pm: South African Bianca Buitendag, after knocking out Aussie Steph Gilmore in the earlier rounds has progressed through to the Women’s Surfing Final

2:30pm: In the Bronze Medal Match between Mexico and Canada in the Softball it is all square at 0-0 at the bottom of the second

2:28pm: Australia’s Mixed Doubles Tennis Team has been announced, with Ash Barty paired with John Peers. They have drawn Argentina (Nadia Podorska and Horacio Zeballos) in the first round

2:27pm: Great Britain finish in first in race 2 of the Women’s 49er FX following an error from the USA on the final leg, the Australians finish in 11th right behind the Spanish +2:07 after the race winners.

2:26pm: 3 10s to win the match for Yasmin Anagoz secures the win for Turkey in the Archery

2:22pm: Over in the Women’s Archery in the Women’s Elimination round, Yasmin Anagoz hits a bullseye to pull Turkey ahead of China to claim the third set

2:20pm: Not to be for Australian Reba Stewart. the in the Round of 16 in the Taekwondo (Women’s 67kg) to Aleksandra Kowalczuk of Poland.

2:17 pm: Could there be an upset brewing? Naomi Osaka has sensationally lost the first set 6-1 to Marketa Vondrousova 

2:15 pm: Erika Yamasaki is up for her second attempt at the clean and jerk, however, it doesn’t count. She attempts the 100kg lift for a second time and her third attempt overall, and this time is successful. She has a total score of 175kg, second among her competitors with three weightlifters to go in the Women’s 59kg division

2:12pm: Kiana Rose Elliott leads the Group B 64kg standings after a 101kg successful attempt.

2:05pm: Drama in the sailing! New Zealand has been disqualified from race 2 of the Women’s 49er FX. At the first mark, the Japanese boat capsized, resulting in a near-miss between the Brazilian and Polish boats. At the second mark a minor clash between the German and Norwegian boats causing them to briefly get stuck. disqualified for crossing the line early

1:58pm: Softball’s bronze medal match between Mexico and Canada is about to start. Mexico will be looking to medal in its debut Olympic softball appearance while Canada is also searching for its first Olympic medal in five attempts after a fourth-place finish in 2008.

1:55pm: The 2019 World Champion Italo Ferreira [BRA] advances to the men’s surfing final defeating Australia’s Owen Wright. Wright will contest for the bronze later today at 3:16pm against Gabriel Medina.

1:52pm: Australian Katharina Haecker lost to Juul Franssen in the Judo via Ippon, pinned for excess of 10 seconds by the Dane.

The Aussie Women’s Doubles Team of Gronya Somerville and Setyana Mapasa have won the third game, and the match in their badminton. They won 21-19, 13-19, 21-12 to win the final Group Stage Match.

1:49pm: Five minutes left in the Surfing heat, Ferreira up 13.17 to Wright’s 12.47.

1:45pm: Kiana Elliot, in her second attempt on the Women’s 64kg Weightlighting snatch, successfully lifted 97kg to further her lead on the competition. On her third attempt immediately after, Elliot lifted 101kg, finding a new best score on the snatch.

Elliot is at the top of her group heading into the clean and jerk.

It is currently a tie in the Surfing quarterfinal, both competitors on 11.00. In the event of a draw, Ferreira would advance as he has the highest wave score of the heat.

1:40pm: ICYMI: The Kookaburras continued their campaign with a 5-2 win over Argentina, set up by a brilliant 3-0 second quarter. Read the match report.

Somerville and Mapasa lead the third game 11-7 as its delicately poised. Ten points more for the Aussies to win their final Group Stage match.

1:34pm: Ferreira has just taken the lead against Wright, with a combined score of 11.00 to Wright’s 7.57, halfway through the heat.

1:29pm: The Danes have made an emphatic comeback in the second game of the Women’s Doubles in the Badminton, taking it 21-13 over the Australians – it’s all level going into the decisive third game.

Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to the third round in the Men’s singles, defeating American Frances Tiafoe 6-3 6-4.

1:25pm: Owen Wilson is in the water for his semifinal in the Men’s Surfing against Italo Ferreira [BRA].

China has taken Gold in a new event in Shooting at Tokyo2020. In the Mixed 10m Air Pistol, Ranxin Jiang and Wei Pang finished first, defeating Vitalina Batsarashkina and Artem Chernousov of ROC in the Gold medal match. The Ukraine took Bronze with Olena Kostevych and ole Omelchuk defeating Serbia.

1:20pm: The United States has secured the second set against China. It was another tight set, with USA holding its 3 point advantage to take the set and lead 2-0.

Australian pair Somerville and Mapasa in the Badminton are currently down 12-8 in the second game, after taking the first 21-19.

1:16pm: In the second semifinal of the 200m IM, Kate Douglass qualified with a time of 2:09.21, Great Britain’s Abbie Wood (2:09.56) and Alicia Wilson (2:10.56) also qualified in the slower of the two heats.

In the Women’s Weightlifting, Erika Yamasaki succesfully lifted 75kg on her first attempt at the snatch. Unfortunately, on her second and third attempts trying to lift 78kg, she couldn’t stand for long enough. Her 75kg score is the one counted in the standings.

1:10pm: Gronya Somerville and Setyana Mapasa take the first game with a dramatic comeback, 21-19 ahead of their Danish opponents in the Badminton.

In the pool, the women are swimming the semifinals of the 200m Individual Medley. In the first semifinal, American Alex Walsh (2:09.57) took first, while China’s Yiting Yu and Japan’s You Ohashi finished behind her.

1:00pm: There are Aussie’s competing all across Japan. Right now, Setyana Mapasa and Gronya Somerville are in action in the Badminton and Erika Yamasaki and Kiana Elliott are competing in the 59kg and 64kg Weightlifting, respectively.

Owen Wright will be in action shortly, as will Katharina Haecker in the 63kg Judo.

12:55pm: Australia has finished seventh in the standings, meaning they secure a place in the quarterfinals. It’ll be a challenging road for Australia to progress through the quarterfinals as it faces Fiji at 8pm.

12:50pm: Kristof Milak (1:52.22) has won the second heat, Leonardo de Deus finished second and Frederico Burdisso in third.

The first semifinal of the Men’s Surfing is underway, Owen Wright will surf in the second at 1:24pm against Italo Ferreira. He is the only remaining member of Australia’s Irukandjis in the Tokyo 2020 Surfing competition.

12:46pm: Brandie Wilkerson and Heather Bansley from Canada pick up a straight-sets victory over Argentina, winning the second set 21-12. It’s their first win of Tokyo 2020, and keeps their hopes of advancing alive.

12:42pm: Sally Fitzgibbons has lost her Women’s Surfing Quarterfinal heat to Amuro Tsuzuki from Japan. Fitzgibbons finished with a combined score of 11.67 short of Tsuzuki’s 13.27.

In the pool, Chad le Clos [RSA] has finished first and qualified for the final of the Men’s 200m Butterfly with a time of 1:55.06. Swimming from Lane 8 after almost missing semifinal qualification, le Clos held on ahead of Tamas Kenderesi [HUN] and Tomoru Honda [JPN].

The second semifinal is coming up.

12:36pm: It’s a close contest in one of the matches of the Women’s Volleyball preliminaries. Medal favourites China and the United States are going head-to-head, currently tied 24-all in the opening set.

Sally Fitzgibbons needs a 7.10 to regain the lead, with less than 15 minutes left in the heat.

12:27pm: Canadian pair Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson claim the first set of their Women’s Beach Volleyball Pool C match against Argentina 22-20.

12:22pm: Score update in the Surfing, Fitgzgibbons on 10.17 trailing Tsuzuki 10.77.

In the Women’s 100m Breaststroke Final, Lydia Jacoby took Gold for the United States with a time of 1:04.59, Tatjana Schoenmaker Silver [RSA] and Lilly King Bronze [USA]. Schoenmaker posted an Olympic Record time in heats, but was 0.27 short of Jacoby in the final.

12:17pm: Katharina Haecker advances to the Round of 16 via red card in the golden point period. She’ll face Juul Franssen of the Netherlands at 1:44pm AEST.

ICYMI: McKeown was pumped after her Gold performance in the pool and had a message for her family back home…

12:13pm: Carissa Moore [US] defeated Silvana Lima [BRA] 14.26 to 8.30.

Fitzgibbons is in the water for her quarterfinal, Heat 4 of the Women’s competition. Up against Japan’s Amuro Tsuzuki.

12:08pm: After dominating the second quarter the Kookaburra’s have cruised to a 5-2 victory over Argentina. Argentina  peppered the goals in the last quarter but failed to capitalise on their chances. The Kookaburra’s are now clear on top in their pool after winning all three of their first games.

Australian Katharina Haecker is competing in 63 kg Judo, taking on Israel’s Gili Sharir.

12:03pm: ROC claim Gold and Silver, break the American dominance of the Men’s 100m Backstroke. Evgeny Rylov Gold (51.98), Kliment Kolesnikov Silver (52.00) and Ryan Murphy Bronze (52.19). Favourite for the race Murphy denied Gold by 0.21 seconds.

Mitch Larkin was half a second off his personal best, a little slow on the start and unfortunately couldn’t make it up. He finished seventh with a time of 52.79.

11:55am: GOLD for Australia, with Kaylee McKeown smashing the 100m Backstroke Final in a time of 57.47.

Another Olympic Record in this event, McKeown 0.02 off her own world record. Beautiful scenes with her family back home as well. Emily Seebohm finished fifth with 58.45.

Kylie Masse [CAN] took Silver with 57.72 and Regan Smith [USA] gets bronze with 58.05.

11:53am: Time for the Women’s 100m Backstroke Final. Kaylee McKeown and Emily Seebohm in action.

11:52am: New Zealand has recorded a come from behind victory, holding Australia scoreless in the second half, winning 14-12.

11:48am: One, two for Great Britain as 21-year-old Tom Dean claims Gold in the Men’s 200m Freestyle Final with 1:44.22. Just behind him by 0.04 seconds his countryman Duncan Scott. In Bronze, Brazil’s Fernando Scheffer.

The Kookaburra’s continue to lead Argentina at three quarter time, scoring another goal to extended their margin. They now lead 5-1 heading into the final quarter

11:44am: Big start from Australia in their crunch match against New Zealand in their Pool A Rugby Sevens match, leading 12-0 at half time.

11:40am: Madi Wilson in the second heat of the 200m Freestyle, with American Katie Ledecky. Ledecky moved into first after 100m, Wilson into second after a great third fifty, Seemanova [CZE] overtakes her into second and Wilson fades in the last 25 metres. Pellegrini [ITA] finishes fast from late eight to get third in this heat.

Ledecky finishes 1:55.34, a slower time than Titmus’ heat. Madi Wilson sneaks into the final, qualifying eighth with a time of 1:56.58.

Caroline Marks [USA] defeated Brisa Hennessy [CRC] to progress to the semi finals of the Women’s Surfing. One more heat and then it’s time for Sally Fitzgibbons.

11:34am: Ariarne Titmus in the water in the first semifinal of the 200m Freestyle, at the 100m mark Titmus was in fifth and began her push through the water. Into second at the final turn, Titmus pushed past Siobhan Haughey to qualify for the final with a time of 1:54.82.

11:30am: Australia’s mixed 10m Air Pistol team made it through to the second qualification stage, but were unable to progress to the medal matches.

11:25am: Five minute warning for the Swimming finals morning, which gets underway with the 200m Freestyle Semifinals – Ariarne Titmus and Katie Ledecky back in action, as well as Australian Madi Wilson.

11:20am: ROC has secured a dominant 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-13) over Argentina in the Women’s Volleyball.

Argentina go top of Pool A in the Men’s Rugby Sevens with a thumping 56-0 victory over South Korea. Australia and New Zealand are next up and the Aussie men need a win to progress through to the quarterfinals.

11:15am: The Kookaburra’s have dominated the second quarter against Argentina scoring three unanswered goals to lead 4-1 at half time. Glover has two, while Sharp and Wickham have one goal each.

11:11am: Make that 4-1! Lachie Sharp gets in on the action and that’s three in this quarter for the Australians.

11:07am: Another goal for Australia, a second for Balke Govers on a penalty corner! 3-1.

11:04am: The Kookaburras putting the pressure on Argentina, keeping the ball in their forward half. Another penalty corner – it’s a much more aggressive Australian outfit in the second quarter. 2-1.

Brisa Hennessy [CRC] and Caroline Marks [USA] are in the water for the Women’s Surfing quarterfinal heat two.

10:58am: Bianca Buitendag [RSA] has taken the first heat in the Women’s Surfing Quarterfinals against Yolanda Hopkins [POR] 9.50-5.46. Sally Fitgibbons is up at 12:12pm in the fourth heat.

10:54am: The Kookaburras score! Australia’s equaliser comes from a penalty corner in the closing seconds of the first quarter. Blake Govers scores the goal. 1-1 at quarter time.

10:52am: Australia’s mixed 10m Air Pistol team has progressed through to the second stage of qualification, continuing on from the first stage this morning.

10:50am: Fiji record an emphatic win over Gold Medal fancies Great Britain, running out 33-7 winners.

10:46am: No penalty corner, video referee says it was the stick not foot which touched the ball in the circle. Captain Pedro Ibarra is in the sin bin for two minutes for a green card.

10:44am: Attacking play from Australia, and a green card to the Argentinian captain. They are challenging the decision, but Australia will have a short either way for a foot.

10:39am: Great first half from Fiji, they lead Great Britain 21-0 at Half time in their Rugby Sevens Pool B match.

The United States pair April Rosso and Alix Klineman have defeated Spanish duo Liliana Fernandez Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan 2-0 in the beach volleyball. Too clean from the higher ranked Americans, their presence at the net intimidating and smart placement on attack helping them to a comfortable victory.

10:37am: Australian pair Dina Aspandiyarova and Daniel Repacholi are competing in the 10m Air Pistol qualifying. The team is currently in sixth, the top eight teams progress to qualifying stage two.

10:33am: Two short corner penalties in a row for Argentina. Desperate defence from Australia on the first results in the second, and Argentina score! The first is blocked, but Australia can’t stop the hip-height flick by Jose Tolini. 1-0 to Argentina.

10:30am: Underway at Oi Hockey Stadium, Australia v Argentina. Little rainy in Tokyo as Australia comes up against an experienced South American team.

10:25am: The Women’s Quarterfinals have begun on Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach. First up, its Bianca Buittendag [RSA] surfing against Yolanda Hopkins [POR].

10:23am: Canada have won the first Rugby Sevens match of the morning, 36-12 over Japan.

USA has taken the first set in the Beach Volleyball, while ROC are up 23-17 in the indoor Volleyball.

10:20am: Ten minute warning for the Men’s Hockey. The Kookaburras come up against their biggest challenge in the preliminaries, Argentina.

10:18am: Australia Owen Wright moves through to the semifinal at 1:24pm today after a 12.74 to 7.83 win over Peru’s Lucca Mesinas.

10:12am: Owen Wright extends his lead in front with a 7.40, combined score 12.74 with Mesinas on 7.40. Just under 6 mins left.

10:09am: Canada have jumped out to an early lead, ahead 19-0 ahead of Japan in the Rugby Sevens. Japan have also had a yellow card, and this has the potential to get ugly.

10:04am: Wright scores two waves in the sixes, 6.67 and 6.07. There are 12 minutes to go in his heat, and Wright will try to better those scores. Mesinas needs a 9.07.

9:59am: After better surf in the previous three heats, it appears to have got a little quiet on the waves. Wright being patient to start this heat.

Japan and Montenegro are in action in the Women’s Handball, while ROC face Argentina in the Women’s Volleyball.

9:53am: Wright and Mesinas are one wave a piece in their quarterfinal, Mesinas has the better score of 3.67.

Elsewhere, the beach volleyball, indoor volleyball and handball competitions are underway. American’s April Ross and Alix Klineman are in action on the sand to start the day’s matches against Liliana Fernandez Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan of Spain.

9:49am: Australian Emma Jeffcoat finishes in 26th, 7:21 back. A solid effort for her Olympic debut. If you missed it, Australia’s two other athletes Ashleigh Gentle and Jaz Hedgeland were lapped on the bike leg and eliminated from the race.

Great Britain’s performance over the men’s triathlon yesterday (Silver to Alex Yee) and women’s today (Silver to Georgia Taylor-Brown) is a clear sign of the form heading into the triathlon relay this weekend. While Australia were world champions in the event in 2019, the British will be hard to beat.

9:45am: Italo Ferreira [BRA] has defeated Hiroto Ohhara [JPN] in the Surfing quarterfinal. Owen Wright’s quarterfinal is about to begin, he has Lucca Mesinas [ in the quarterfinal.

9:42am: Duffy finishes with 1:55.36, in Silver Georgia Taylor-Brown of Great Britain finishes with 1:56.50 and in Bronze, American Katie Zaferes holds on with 1:57.03.

9:41am: Flora Duffy wins Gold in the Women’s Triathlon! She earns Bermuda’s first ever Olympic Gold!

Bermuda only had one medal to its name, a bronze by Clarence Hill in Boxing in 1976, before Duffy’s effort today.

9:35am: Leonie Periault [FRA] and Rachel Klamer [NED] have pushed up in this field, overtaking Linemann and Learmonth. They are a minute behind third placed Zaferes, but making up time with every step.

9:33am: Final lap of this Triathlon, 2.5km to go! Taylor-Brown overtakes Zaferes to move into the silver medal placing. Duffy has extended her lead over them though, out to 1:07 now.

9:27am: At the half-way mark of the run, Duffy has pulled away to a 47 second lead seeking Bermuda’s first gold medal. Zaferes [USA] follows, with Taylor-Brown [GBR] closing in on second place.

Jeffcoat trails by 4 minutes, with five kilometres to go.

In Surfing, Ferreira (13.23) leads Ohhara (8.00). This is the third heat of the men’s quarterfinals, Australian Owen Wright will be in the water in 15 minutes time.

9:17am: Flora Duffy has moved out to a 17 second lead at the front of this race, as we head into the second lap.

Zaferes is in second, while Taylor-Brown has moved into third putting in a strong start to make up ground.

Jeffcoat is 2:31 behind the pace. The other Australian’s Ashleigh Gentle and Jaz Hedgeland were lapped in the final lap of the bike section and are therefore out of the race.

9:12am: Gabriel Medina [BRA] has defeated Michel Bourez [FRA] to progress to the semifinals. One final attempt scored 6.93, but it wasn’t enough to take the win.

Next up in the waters of Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach, Brazil’s Italo Ferreira and Hiroto Ohhara in his home Games fighting for a spot in the semifinals.

9:09am: Jeffcoat is in the chase group, following super mum Nicola Spirig [SUI]. Duffy [BER] has taken off with Zaferes [USA] from the front pack and already lead Lindemann [GER] and Learmonth [GBR].

9:06am: The first athletes have transitioned to their runners and are off for 10km.

Georgia Taylor-Brown fell away just a little at the end of the bike leg, possibly with a flat tire. She’s had a clean transition and started her run.

9:03am: Cecilia Perez from Mexico had a flat tire a little while ago. She has it replaced, but has become the seventh athlete to abandon this race.

The sun is coming out now as they finish the last two kilometres of the bike section. It’ll be humid conditions when they start the 10km run.

8:59am: Final lap of the bike leg in this women’s triathlon, chase group working overtime to stay within 90 seconds of the leader.

Meanwhile in the Surfing, Medina has posted a 9.00 to lead 15.33 to Bourez 9.40.

8:55am: The rain has started again, as the lead between the front pack and Aussie Jeffcoat’s chase group continues to grow. Jeffcoat has been working hard on her bike leg in advance of the Olympics, she spoke to The Inner Sanctum ahead of the Games.

8:50am: The leaders are into the last 10km of the bike leg. Five in the front pack, as Lopes [BRA] drops back. The chase pack now 1:16 behind, Rappaport [USA] now sitting in this group after falling away from the front pack.

8:45am: Medina leads in the surfing quarterfinal with 8.33, including the 6.33 he just scored, ahead of Bourez 3.67.

8:40am: The two other Australian’s Ashleigh Gentle and Jaz Hedgeland are back in 37th and 40th, respectively. Gentle almost four minutes back, Hedgeland five minutes behind the leader.

8:30am: Into Lap 3, Jeffcoat’s chase group will be making inroads on Rappaport [USA], who has dropped 37 seconds behind the lead group. There is still a minute gap between the lead and chase groups.

Kanoa Igarashi has defeated Kolohe Andino in their men’s Surfing quarterfinal heat. In his home Games, Igarashi has moved through to the semifinals. Michel Bourez [FRA] and Gabriel Medina [BRA] in the surf now.

8:25am: Over on the surf beach, Igarashi [JPN] currently leads Andino [USA] 12.60-11.00.

8:20am: Duffy sitting at the front of the leading pack, heading into Lap 2 of the cycling section.

The one minute lead has been maintained through the first lap; Jeffcoat and the chase group need to work together to bridge this gap over the next six laps.

8:17am: Some riders struggling with the conditions on the carpet as they transition, but the slipperiest part comes up as the riders go around the Robot.

Jeffcoat is in the chase group, about a minute behind.

8:14am: Make that two riders to fall, Ainsley Thorpe has fallen, the camera captures the look of devastation on the New Zealander.

8:10am: Georgia Taylor-Brown [GBR] taking the lead, with Learmonth just sitting behind her teammate. Duffy, Lopes, Lindemann and Zaferes all in the breakaway group.

We’ve had one athlete take a fall. Anastasia Gorbunova [ROC] is tending to some scrapes on her arms and legs.

8:05am: Out of the water, it’s still Learmonth [GBR] leading, Lopes [BRA], Zaferes [USA], Duffy [GER] in sixth.

Aussie Jeffcoat is in eighth, 42 seconds behind the leader. Wet roads out there this morning making for some challenging conditions. Key for Jeffoat is to stay on her bike.

8:02am: Surfing is also underway this morning, Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) and Kolohe Andino (USA) are in the water for their men’s quarterfinal – Heat 1.

8:00am: One athlete has already pulled herself out of the race, Austrian Julia Hauser is out. Claudia Rivas has also stopped after the first swimming lap.

7:55am: Already some big margins opening up. After the first lap Ashleigh Gentle is in 42nd, more than a minute behind the leader Learmonth.

7:45am: The women are in the water for the 1500m swim Triathlon! A few early breakaway swimmers, trying to find their rhythm. Jess Learmonth is taking the lead, as she likes to do in the swim leg.

7:40am: The athletes are assembling on the pontoon, ready to start in five minutes.

7:35am: Triathlon start has been delayed slightly due to the weather. Not the scorching hot, clear conditions we saw yesterday.

7:25am: We’re back with another day. First up, the women’s Triathlon will kick off shortly. Jaz Hedgeland, Emma Jeffcoat and Ashleigh Gentle will be representing Australia.

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