Tokyo 2020 Australia

Natalya Diehm was Australia's first BMX Freestyle rider, in the sport's debut at Tokyo 2020. (Photo: AUS Olympic Team - Twitter)

On Day 8 of Tokyo 2020, Australia debuted two BMX Freestyle riders, the Boomers and Hockeyroos top their groups and our medal wins in the pool continued.

On Day 8 of Tokyo 2020, Australia debuted two BMX Freestyle riders, the Boomers and Hockeyroos top their groups and our medal wins in the pool continued. Keep up to date with all the happenings at Tokyo 2020 through The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and Olympic Central.

Seeds are planted for BMX Freestyle’s debut run

Making its debut at Tokyo 2020 is BMX Freestyle which had its first seeding events for today, ahead of the finals tomorrow. One Australian was represented in each of the men’s and women’s events, both World Champions in their own rights.

First up in the women’s was Natalya Diehm, the 2019 World Champion and three-time National Champion. Taking the average score of two runs, Diehm scored 77.40 on Run 1 and 79.00 on Run 2, placing her fifth among nine racers and that too is the position order she’ll race in for the final.

Next up, in the men’s, was current, two-time World Champion and two-time National Champion, Logan Martin. He put up scores of 91.90 and 90.04 from his two runs at the Ariake Sports Park, putting him at the top of the seeding results, culminating in racing ninth in the final.


Seven’s fifth-placed finish for Australia’s women

The rugby sevens competition at Tokyo 2020 is done and dusted for only its second Olympic Games and for the defending women’s Olympic gold medalists, Australia, unfortunately, couldn’t reach the heights of Rio 2016.

Instead, after a hot start to its tournament where Australia beat Japan 48-0, the team finished second in Pool C and fell agonisingly short of a second-half comeback against Fiji in the quarter-final.

In the first of today’s games to determine the fifth to eighth placing games, Australia smashed the ROC 35-7, keeping its opponents scoreless in the second half.

Emma Tonegato scored two tries for a combined 10 points with tries also to Faith Nathan, Sariah Paki and Maddison Levi. Tia Hinds and captain Sharni Williams were each perfect from the conversions, giving Australia a full 10 points from five kicks.

The team’s win over the ROC meant it set up a meeting with the USA to see who would eventually claim fifth and sixth and it was the Aussies who prevailed 17-7.

First-half tries to Faith Nathan and Madison Ashby saw Australia take a 10-0 lead to the half with a Demi Hayes try and Tia Hinds conversion confirming a win after the USA came with three points midway through the second half.


A medley sounded Australia’s morning medals in the pool

Australia’s swimmers continued to dominate in the water again this morning, finishing with another four medals – one gold, one silver and two bronze.

While Matthew Temple finished fifth in the men’s 100m butterfly to start the day’s medal chances, Kaylee McKeown and Emily Seebohm made up for it by finishing first and third respectively in the women’s 200m breaststroke. McKeown swam in a time of 2:04.68, touching the wall .74 seconds in front of second.


In the women’s 800m freestyle, Ariarne Titmus claimed an Oceanian Record with a time of 8:13.83 though fell runner-up to American Katie Ledecky by 1.26 seconds.

Emma McKeon bettered her Olympic Record from yesterday’s 100m freestyle swim with another today as she placed first in her 50m freestyle heat with a time of 24.00, .02 ahead of the record.

To cap off a brilliant day in the water, Australia’s mixed 4x100m medley relay team of Kaylee McKeown, Zac Stubblety-Cook, Matthew Temple and Emma McKeon finished third in a time of 3:38.95.

Group B(oomers) no problem for Australia

Australia’s men’s basketball team made it through the group stages undefeated when it won against Germany 89-76 to finish atop Group B and make it through to the quarter-finals.

The 13-point win didn’t come easy at times as Germany remained close to the Boomers, especially in the first half where Germany lead 22-18 at quarter-time.

The Boomers shot 63 per cent from two-point territory but wasn’t afraid to shoot the three-ball either, adding plenty of assists and taking advantage of turnovers and steals.

Captain Patty Mills lead the team with 24 points and wasn’t afraid to try from deep, also picking up six assists. Jock Landale (18 points) and Nic Kay (16 points) each went at 70 per cent from the field, the latter collecting four rebounds and four assists along the way.


There are still three games to be played among the group stages, and after which, Australia will learn the fate of its next opponent as the team chases gold.

You can read a recap of the game here.

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Hockeyroos net top spot in Group B

Australia’s women’s hockey team won a 2-0 match against Argentina in the final pool game of the Olympics and by doing so, claimed a 5-0 record during this stage of the Games.

After a scoreless first three quarters, goals in the fourth minute of the fourth quarter from Savannah Fitzpatrick had the Hockeyroos up by one before an Emma Chalker goal within the last two minutes confirmed the result.


There’s still one game to be completed from Pool A and after then, Australia will know who its up against next.

You can read a recap of the game here.

Garside makes Light work of his opponent in the ring

In the Round of 16 of boxing’s Men’s Light (57-63kg) preliminaries, Harry Garside won in an 5-0 unanimous decision against Namibian opponent Jonas Jonas.

Across three rounds, three judges had the scores tipped 30-27 in the Australian’s favour, whereas the other two judges had it 29-28. Round 2 of the bout seemed to have the judges split in who was better, though, among the rounds either side, each judge had a 10-9 Garside win.

The next step for Garside on his quest for gold is the quarterfinals where he’ll face Kazakhstan’s Zakir Safiullin on August 3.


Barty can party with her Peers

In tennis’ mixed doubles bronze medal match, Australia’s Ash Barty and John Peers were set to take on Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Nina Stojanovic although, the Aussie pair were awarded the medal in a walkover.

The Serbian number one Djokovic would have had a tough ask backing up another performance after he had just finished his bronze men’s singles match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.

Nevertheless, Barty and Peers took the win and another medal for Australia, a nice reward for Barty who had a first-round singles exit and quarter-final exit in the women’s doubles.


Sharks aren’t fin-ished yet

Australia’s men’s water polo team, after a 16-5 loss to Spain today, now sitting fifth in Group B, has made it a tough ask to make the top four and progress to the quarterfinals.

The Sharks were 4-2 down at quarter-time but that extended to 3-8 by the half. Australia scored two goals to Spain’s five in the third quarter and a tight defence from Spain in the final 10 minutes prevented any Aussie’s scoring, though netted three more themselves. Aaron Younger and Blake Edwards scored twice, whereas Aidan Roach scored one goal.


The Sharks play bottom-placed side Kazakhstan in their final group stage matchup but may need other events to go their way too.

You can read a recap of the game here.

Order of PB at Denny’s discus final

In the men’s discus throw final, Australian Mathew Denny had a consistent run of scores though fell out of medal contention, finishing fourth. His best throw went a distance of 67.02m which for him was a personal best.

Always topping 65m on each of his six throws, Denny’s first throw travelled 65.76m before he bettered that two throws later with 65.94m. His fifth throw went 66.06m before he saved his best for last, 67.02m.

Agonisingly, it was just 5cm that separated Denny from fourth place and a bronze medal, Austria’s Lukas Weisshaidinger throwing 67.07m.


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