Logan Martin is the favourite in the BMX Freestyle

Logan Martin is the favourite in the BMX Freestyle. Image: Australian Olympic Team / Twitter

Day 9 of Tokyo 2020 is going to be exciting. It's the second (and final) day with both Athletics and Swimming, including some massive medal events.

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, up with a recap of all the day’s events and check out our live blog to follow along.

Athletics (from 10:40am)

Women’s 3000m Steeplechase (from 10:40am)Georgia Winkcup, Genevieve Gregson and Amy Chasin will compete in three separate heats of the steeplechase. An event known for its spectacular hurdling and water traps is often a fan favourite.

Men’s 400m (11:45am) – The 400m is one of the hardest races on the Athletics programs, as its run like a sprint, but is far longer than the other sprints. It is an event of pure suffering, especially in the Tokyo heat. Australians Alex Beck and Steven Solomon will be competing.

Men’s High Jump Final (8:10pm) – Brandon Starc (AUS) will go for Gold after an incredible performance in the qualification. Ilya Ivanyuk (ROC), Maksim Nedasekae (BLR), Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT) are three of the favourites to take the medals, but the highly-ranked Australian will not be counted out.


Women’s 100m Hurdles Semifinal (8:53pm) – Aussie Liz Clay will compete against World Record holder Kendra Harrison to advance to medal contention. Harrison looked dominant in the heats, and barely out of second gear, but the heats were the first time that Clay was not first across the line this season.

Mens 800m Semi finals (9:25pm onwards) – After the exciting heats,the 800m is back with semi finals. The two lap race has been run like a sprint in the heats, which is unlikely to change in the semi finals. Peter Bol leads the charge for the Australians, ahead of Charlie Hunter and Jeff Risely. Bol broke the Australian record in his heat, despite easing off with 50m to go.

Men’s 100m finals (10:50pm): Regardless of how Rohan Browning goes in his semi final, this sprint is always must-watch television. It will be no different this year, with no Usain Bolt, the question is, who is the faster man in the world?

Cycling BMX Final (11:10am)

Australia’s first female BMX Freestyle Olympian Natalya Diehm will compete in the Cycling BMX Freestyle after ranking fifth overall with a score of 78.20 at the conclusion of the Women’s Park Seedings.

Diehm will have two runs on the course to receive an average that determines whether or not she will stand on the podium.


Logan Martin seeded first in the Men’s BMX Freestyle with an average score of 90.97, and looked well ahead of the standard set by the rest of the field.

Martin is currently World Champion in the sport and looks to take out the Gold Medal after building a replica course in his backyard to practice for the Games.


Swimming (11:37am)

Women’s 50m Freestyle Final – (11:37am) Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell will go head-to-head for a spot on the podium.

McKeon set an Olympic Record in the semifinal with time of 24.00, making her Gold medal favourite for the race.

If successful in making the podium, McKeon will become Australia’s most successful Olympian with a total of 10 Olympic medals.

Women’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final – (12:15pm) – Australia will fight with the USA and Great Britain to take home the medley relay medal. After their performances in relay events during the rest of the week, China may be a dark horse as well. The teams will be announced later in the morning.

Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final – (12:36pm) – The USA and Great Britain have rightly earned favouritism in this event, after strong performances across all strokes throughout the week. The as-yet unnamed quartet of Australians will look to disrupt, and hope that it will be enough to clinch a medal.

Men’s Hockey Quarterfinals (1:00pm)

The Kookaburras will take on the Netherlands in the quarterfinals after coming first in Pool A.

If successful, the men will play either Germany or Argentina in the semifinal.

The Aussie campaign has seen the Kookaburras win their opening four pool matches for the first time at the Olympics in 32 years.

Sailing (1:05pm)

Matt Wearn will have a coronation race in the Medal race of the Men’s Laser. With an unassailable 22 point lead going into the medal race, Wearn cannot be beaten and will win gold at the end of the race.

There is one race in the Men’s 470 event, after which there will be four races left in the competition. Australian duo of Mat Belcher and Will Ryan lead the competition, and will be hoping to maintain that lead for the race today, and the rest of the competition.

Table Tennis (3:30pm)

Australian women’s table tennis team consisting of Melissa Tapper, Michelle Bromley and six time Olympian Jian Fang Lay will compete against Germany in Round 16 of the team table tennis tournament. China continue to be the favourite in the event, after a totally dominant Olympic run in the competition.

Women’s Water Polo (8:50pm)

The Aussie Stingers will take on South Africa in the pool to finish day nine of the Olympics for Australia. After a six goal loss to Spain, the Stingers will need a win to boost morale and qualify for quarter finals. South Africa have struggled in the competition, with serious losses already, which the Aussies will be hoping to capitalise on.


Men’s Handball: Denmark v Sweden (10:30pm)

The two finalists from the World Championships earlier this year go head to head in what will be a highly skilled and high scoring competition. Danish superstar Mikkel Hansen will continue. tobe a scoring threat from left back, and will be closely marked by the Swedes. He scored nine points at 47% against Portugal earlier in the week.

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