Gronya Somerville and Setyana Mapasa in action

Gronya Somerville and Setyana Mapasa in action. Image: Australian Olympic Team / Twitter

It was a big Day 1 for the Australian Olympic Team, with athletes across a number of sports competing, with mixed success. Look back on it here.

The official Day 1 of Tokyo 2020 got underway with some interesting results for the Aussies. For all your Tokyo 2020 coverage, stay tuned to The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and the Olympics Central.

Shooting off

The first event of the day was the women’s 10m Air Rifle Shooting and the Aussies weren’t very successful. Elise Collier was the best ranked for the Australians, placing 42nd out of 50 with a score of 618.2. Katarina Kowplos finished just behind in 46th.

The men’s 10m Asaka Shooting commenced later in the day at 1pm, and again the Aussies were unable to claim a position in the final.

Daniel Repacholi finished 30th out of 36 participants.

Tough day in Badminton

Despite winning their first set, the duo of Simon Leung and Gronya Somerville were unable to secure a victory in their group mixed doubles match against Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti.

The Aussies won the first set 22-20 before losing the next two 17-21 and 13-21.

Later in the evening, Australia’s Setyana Mapasa and Somerville were no match for their South Korean opponents. The duo went down in straight sets, 9-21 and 6-21.

Mixed bag in Table Tennis

Jian Lay had a relatively comfortable start in her single’s preliminary match against Cuban Daniela Fonseca. Lay won the first three games comfortably before being challenged in the last game before ultimately winning 14-12.

In round one of the women’s singles, Michelle Bromley succumbed to Poland’s Natalia Partyka 0-4.

In the mixed doubles Round of 16, Heming Hu and Melissa Tapper were thrashed by their French counterparts 0-4. They had challenged in game two but struggled in the final match, failing to win a point.

Xin Yan also struggled in his men’s singles round one match. Despite winning game three, he was unable to overcome Romania’s Ovidiu Ionescu.

David Powell won his round one game as his Czech opponent did not start.

Olympic best for Rowing stars

The Women’s Four Rowing are into the final after beating Ireland by 0.23 seconds and securing and Olympic record in the process. The 6:28:76 was enough to pip the Irish and qualify for the final.

The Men’s Four Rowing team are also into the final after beating out the United States and the Netherlands in their heat.

Australia has qualified for the semi-finals in the Men’s Pair Rowing as Sam Hardy and Josh Hicks won their heat comfortably. The duo beat Italy by six seconds with New Zealand and France in third and fourth respectively.

The Aussies also had a similar result in the Women’s Pair Rowing with Jessica Morrison and Annabelle McIntyre.

The Men’s Eight team qualified for the Repechage after finishing fourth, as have the women’s team by finishing third in their heat.

Bull bars

Aussie Tyson Bull participated in both the horizontal and parallel bars events in the artistic gymnastics.

He scored 14.333 in the horizontal bar and 13.566 in the parallel bar. Bull qualified for the horizontal bar final on 3 August.


Aussie Safwan Khalil was unable to trouble Thailand’s Ramnarong Sawekwiharee in their round of 16 clash in the Men’s -58kg.

The Thai athlete got the victory 23-7.

No Porte for our Richie

It wasn’t a positive result for the Aussies in the medal standings of the Men’s Road Race.

Richie Porte was the best placed Aussie as he finished 48th, 6:10 behind the eventual victor. Lucas Hamilton and Luke Durbridge finished in the same group, 71st and 72nd, as the other Australians in the race.

Feel the sting

Australia got off to the perfect start in its Group A match against Canada, winning 8-5. Bronte Halligan scored a hat-trick in a terrific performance for the Aussies.

A full recap can be found here.

Matildas status in doubt

The Matildas succumbed to the stars of the games so far, Sweden, 2-4.

The Aussies had an opportunity to equalise from the spot via Sam Kerr at 2-3, but it was saved by the Swedish goalkeeper. Only 10 minutes from time, Sweden put the game beyond doubt and the Aussies will now have a showdown with the heavily fancied United States.

A full recap can be found here.

Pool is the place to be

The Australians are well-positioned in the pool, with the Women’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay beating out the Netherlands and Canada.

The Men’s 400m Individual Medley was a happy hunting ground also, with Brendon Smith winning his heat and Se-Bom Lee finishing in second spot.

Emma McKeown holds the Oceanic record and tied first in her heat in the Women’s 100m Butterfly, while Elijah Winnington and Jack McLoughlin also tied in the Men’s 400m Freestyle heat.

In the Men’s 100m Breaststroke, Zac Stubblety-Cook finished second in his heat, while Matthew Wilson finished seventh.

A full recap of the swimming can be found here.


Australia’s Mary Hanna performed admirably in the Individual Grand Prix Group A contest.

She finished in fifth spot and failed to qualify as Great Britain and Sweden took the honours.

Life’s a Beach for Volleyballers

Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann took the Norwegian World Number One duo to a three-set thriller. After losing the first set, the Aussies took the second set and forced the decider.

While they ultimately fell short, going down 15-13 in the third set is no shame, and the Aussies have set themselves up for the rest of the pool stage.

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