25/05/2024

Surfer Sally Fitzgibbons qualified at the top of her heat. (Photo: Australian Olympic Team/Twitter)

It was a day of swimming medals, hockey dominance and disappointment for a few. Catch up on all the day's Australian action at Tokyo 2020.

Day 2 was a huge day for medal chances and underdogs alike. For all your Tokyo 2020 coverage, stay tuned to The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and the Olympics Central.

Hockeyroos’ bounding start, Kookaburras laughing again

Australia’s womens hockey team, the Hockeyroos started off their Olympic campaign strongly, defeating Spain 3-1 in a show of strength.

The world number four side will be pushing hard for the podium, and needed to start with a bang in a pool that includes world number two Argentina.

The Hockeyroos will take to the pitch again tomorrow morning, looking to take another victory over China.

READ: Hockeyroos vs Spain match report

After holding off the Japan challenge yesterday, the Kookaburras made it two from two for the Aussies in hockey for the day, demolishing India 7-1.

Blake Govers starred with two goals, battering Indian keeper Parattu Raveendran with aggressive strikes and finding strong position in front of the net.

READ: Kookaburras vs India match report

Riding the waves for the first time

Surfing kicked off the morning’s action, and the day of competing for the Australian athletes.

31-year-old surfer Owen Wright managed to recover from a poor first run and finish at the top of his heat with a score of 10.40, qualifying straight through to round three tomorrow.

Also in the men’s event, Julian Wilson earned a second chance in round two of the heats and didn’t waste, making it through to the third round tomorrow.

It was our women’s surfers who made headlines though, gold favourite Sally Fitzgibbons and Steph Gilmore qualifying with ease through to the third round.

Gilmore put up the best score of any surfer in the women’s heats with a 14.50. She hit her seventh wave incredibly strongly, sweeping the judges adjudications with a 7.83.

Fitzgibbons earned a 12.50, ranked third overall behind American Caroline Marks.

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World record gold times four

Always count on the women’s relay team to make us proud.

Qualifying for the 4x100m women’s freestyle relay with the fastest time of the heats, the powerful quartet of Bronte Campbell, Meg Harris, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell swam truly for gold, and set a new world record while doing it.

McKeon had a busy day, finishing second in her semi-final for the 100m butterfly and qualifying for tomorrow’s final at 11:30AM.

READ: full recap of the race and the winning relay swimmers.

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Skaters hit the street, O’Neill makes wrong turn

Another new event made its debut today, with the men’s street event kick(flipping) off skateboarding’s first Olympic appearance.

Veteran Aussie Shane O’Neill, the oldest member of the skateboarding team, was the only Australian competing in the event. Things didn’t end up going quite the way he would have liked it.

O’Neill struggled throughout his runs, fumbling tricks and dismounting from his board on multiple occasions. He finished with a score of 19.52, the fifth lowest of any skater.

19-year-old Hayley Wilson will compete in the women’s street event tomorrow morning.

On the podium in the pool

Brendon Smith became Australia’s first medallist at Tokyo, taking home bronze in the men’s 400m individual medley.

American Chase Kalisz built a huge lead in the breaststroke, but just like in his heat, Smith came storming home in the freestyle to claim third. It was Smith’s first ever medal, on Olympic debut.

Jack McLoughlin followed Smith up with a silver in the 400m freestyle, finishing with an impressive 3:43:52, just .16 of a second behind Tunisian Ahmed Hafnaoui. Elijah Winnington couldn’t replicate his impressive heat, swimming to seventh.

It was an eventful night for the Aussies in a number of heats. READ: our full swimming recap of Day 2 here.

Smith after winning bronze. (Photo: Commonwealth Games/Twitter)

Barty party over before it starts, but Purcell delivers

Ash Barty may have been defeated in one of the biggest upset of the Games so far, but there were still positives to take from the day of tennis for the Aussies.

Last minute Olympic inclusion Max Purcell surprised everyone as he defeated Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 7-6. James Duckworth won in a three set epic, while Sam Stosur and Ellen Perez made quick work of their Latvian opponents.

Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova retired halfway through the second set after Ajla Tomljanovic took the first set 7-5.

Barty and partner Storm Saunders will take on Chinese duo Xu and Yang tomorrow in women’s double. Millman faces Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Purcell plays German Dominik Koepfer and Tomljanovic Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina.

Extra innings Spirit crushed by USA

The Aussie Spirit lost their third of four softball outings, going down to Team USA in the extra innings.

It was a 0-0 deadlock in regulation innings, both nations only finding their scores to finish the game 2-1 in the additional eighth innings.

Australia failed to capitalise on loaded bases on numerous occasions, much to the chagrin of Spirit fans.

READ: Australia vs USA full match report

Jess Fox stuck in a Funk early, but paddles to the top

Gold medal favourite in the women’s canoe slalom, Jessica Fox, overcame early difficulties to qualify first overall in the heats.

Fox finished second in her first run, barely two seconds slower than German Ricarda Funk. She quickly righted herself in the second run, making up the difference with a stunning 98.46.

She’ll now enter Wednesday’s second round of heats with the fastest starting time, and hopefully continue on her path to another gold for Australia.

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Sharks sink, but not drowning yet

Australia’s men’s water polo team, the Sharks, were faced with a tough task as they came up against world number one-ranked Montenegro in the pool.

They looked up to the challenge early, leading at the quarter one break 5-4 and the half time break 7-6.

It was the world champions who were determined to get the game back on their terms in the third however, scoring four goals to Australia’s one to eventually storm home 10-15 winners.

Richard Campbell was the star goal scorer, three of his five shots finding the net.

The next challenge for the Sharks comes in the form of Croatia on Tuesday. The Stingers, the women’s water polo team, will be looking to make it two from two over the Netherlands tomorrow.

READ: Australia vs Montenegro full match report

Cycling triad put up a fight

The women’s road race saw more medals awarded on Sunday, though unfortunately none draped around the necks of the Aussie riders.

Three Australians, Tiffany Cromwell, Sarah Gigante and Grace Brown contested the race. While Gigante and Brown struggled to push up past the back of the pack, Cromwell was our best finisher, 2:56 behind gold medallist Anna Kiesenhofer.

It was a fantastic effort from Cromwell, the 33-year-old competing in her debut Olympics at Tokyo.

Golden score the ticket for Katz

Judoka Nathan Katz made his way past the -66kg elimination round of 32 which a thrilling victory over Peruvian Juan Postigos.

Neither athlete was able to break the other’s guard and score throughout regulation time, both receiving penalties.

Once the match went to golden score, Katz was ready to seize his opportunity. He won by ippon-seoi-nage, throwing Positgos to ground and advancing onwards.

His path to ultimate glory soon ended though, stopped in his tracks by Israeli Baruch Shmailov who defeated him by waza-ari, with a hikikomi-gaeshi counter.

The Nippon Budokan Judo Hall. (Photo: Australian Olympic Team/Twitter)

Boomers break Nigerian defence

Men’s basketball team the Boomers managed to break through the Nigerian wall in the final quarter of their match-up, winning 84-67.

The Nigerians kept to within six points of the Aussies by the third term break, never truly allowing them off the leash. It was through strong defending of the rim that the Nigerians nullified any inside forays the Boomers tried.

Outside the paint though, the Boomers were strong, shooting 46% of their three point attempts.

Star point guard, four-time Olympian and flagbearer Patty Mills was responsible for the stunning accuracy, shooting 5/8 from the three point line. Mills would dominate the scoring, shooting 25 while also notching up four rebounds and six assists.

READ: Australia vs Nigeria match report

Garside straight to the front

Harry Garside took to the ring in the Men’s Light (57-63kg) weight class, defeating Papua New Guinea’s John Ume by a points decision.

All five judges gave the win to Garside in the round of 32 bout on his Olympic debut, seeing him advance to the round of 16 on Saturday. He comes up against a tough opponent, faced with number two seed Jonas Jonas from Namibia.

Withstanding some heavy blows early, Garside won all three rounds 10-9 to ultimately win 30-27.

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