Tokyo 2020: Daily Guide – Saturday July 31

Ariarne Titmus and Katie Ledecky will face off for 800 metre gold on Saturday. Photo: Tokyo 2020 Twitter

For all your Tokyo 2020 coverage, stay tuned to The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and the Olympics Central.

Each day, The Inner Sanctum will break down the events to watch and why (all times AEST).

Each night, catch up with all the day’s action with a recap of events and keep up to date with the live blog to follow along.

Triathlon Mixed Relay (8:30 am)

For the first time, the mixed relay triathlon will be at an Olympic Games. The relay consists of teams of four (two women and two men, alternating), each completing a short triathlon (300m swim, 8km ride, 2km run), before tagging the next athlete who will do the same course.

Athletics

Women’s 400m Hurdles Heat (10:24 am): Sarah Carli will be racing in heat four for Australia.

Men’s Pole Vault (10:40 am): Kurtis Marschall had a big Covid scare after being named a close contact but has been cleared to participate tomorrow.

Men’s 800m Heat (10:50 am): Peter Bol – of Sudanese descent – will be flying the flag for Australia, while Jeffrey Riseley will be competing after a serious Achilles injury threatened to end his career.

Men’s Long Jump Qualifications (8:10 pm): Henry Frayne [AUS] will be out to advance in the men’s long jump with the ambition of reaching the final of the competition.

Men’s Discus Final (9:15 pm): Matthew Denny has qualified fourth into the final with a throw of 66.15 metres. Ranked 10th in the world, he will be out to medal in a competitive field.

Swimming

Men’s Butterfly 100m Final (11:30 am): Matthew Temple will swim for gold – he qualified seventh fastest and has his work cut out for him with Caeleb Dressel looking very strong.

Women’s 200m Backstroke Final (11:37 am): Emily Seebohm qualified fastest for Australia, while Kaylee Mckeown will also be favoured to medal from lane two.

Women’s 800m Freestyle Final (11:46 am): It comes down to this. Titmus v Ledecky III. Ariarne will be looking for a third individual gold medal at her debut Olympics, with Kiah Melverton also swimming from lane one.

Mixed 4×100 Medley Relay (12:43 pm): In one of the most exciting events on the swimming calendar, Australia will look to medal from lane eight. They come up against Great Britain and the USA, who are looking in rare form heading in.

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Archery – Quarter-finals (11:44 am)

Aussie Taylor Worth will go up against Turk Mete Gazoz in the quarter-finals of the men’s archery after defeating Wei Shaoxuan [CHN] in the round of 16.

Men’s Water Polo – Sharks vs Spain (12:30pm)

After a brilliant upset win over the Rio silver medalists Croatia, the Sharks struggled against Serbia and their record now reads 2-1. It’s a must-win against Spain, and the Sharks will come in as slight favourites to get the job done.

Men’s Basketball – Boomers vs Germany (6:20pm)

The Boomers have been ultra-impressive in their two games at Tokyo 2020 so far. A team effort has seen then blow Nigeria out, then scrounge a win over Italy to sit atop Group B. Beating Germany – who is 1-1 – will confirm their placing at the top of the group which will give them an easier run into the quarter-finals. They’ll have to do it without big-man Aron Baynes who has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament with a neck injury.

Men’s Boxing – Round of 16 (7:37 pm)

Harry Garside will represent Australia in the 57-63kg weight division. He comes up against Jonas Jonas for a place in the quarter-finals. The unconventional style of Garside has proved effective so far, but in an ultra-competitive field he will face tough tasks to progress and make it through to a coveted boxing medal for his country.

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