18/04/2024
Harry Garside is fighting for a medal

Harry Garside is fighting for a medal. Image: Australian olympic Committee / Twitter

Day 14 promises more thrills as medals are up for grabs. Competition is starting to wind up, and things will get tense at Tokyo 2020.

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.

Women’s Beach Volleyball – Gold Medal Match (12:30pm)

Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy have been the surprise packages of the beach volleyball. After clinical performances against the World Number One team Canada in the Quarter Final, and the highly rated Latvia in the Semi Final, the Aussies are ready for anything.

Standing in the way of their gold medal hopes is the USA duo of April Ross and Alix Klineman. Klineman and Ross have performed strongly across the Olympics, and it will take the best of Clancy’s net game and the Aussies’ service skills to take them down. Watch the final chapter of the USA v Australia rivalry for Tokyo 2020 unfold.

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Men’s Boxing – Lightweight Semi Final (3:47pm)

Harry Garside will be the first Australian to win a medal at the Olympics since 1988. Regardless of the result of the semi final against Andy Cruz (CUB), Garside has made a massive impact on Australian boxing, and will hope to take it to another level with a win into the final.

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It’s the biggest amateur boxing match in Australia for years, and Garside will hope to progress through with his unorthodox style to the gold medal match over the weekend.

Women’s 20km Race Walk (5:30pm)

Jemima Montag, Rebecca Henderson and Katie Hayward will take to the streets of Tokyo in the gruelling race walk. After seeing the men yesterday, it’s clear that the walk will be a battle of attrition to see who can hold fitness the longest.

It will be a challenge, but Montag will aim to convert her Commonwealth Games gold medal from 2018 to an Olympic gold medal at Tokyo 2020, and comes in ranked as one of the fastest walkers of the season.

Women’s Football – Gold Medal Match (6:00pm)

Tournament favourites Sweden takes on Canada. In the finale of what has been a gripping tournament, Sweden will hope to bring home the gold medal that was tipped for them from the first night of competition.

After starting off the tournament in hot form, the Swedes have gone from strength to strength. Canada provided one of the upsets of the tournament in the Semi Final against the USA. Can they provide another and play spoiler?

Men’s Karate (Kumite) – 75kg (6:10pm)

Aussie Tsuneari Yahiro will kick off with three bouts, as he is the first Australian to compete in Karate at the Olympics. He will look to kick off his campaign in a winning fashion over his three bouts across the evening.

Women’s Track Cycling Madison (6:15pm)

The Madison, one of the most unique events in all of track cycling returns to the Olympics. A tag team race, where two riders from each country slingshot one another into a frantic race around the velodrome.

Georgia Baker and Annette Edmondson are the experienced duo from Australia who will be carrying the medal hopes over the 120 laps of the course, hoping to take down the British and Danish pairs, who are the favourites.

Artistic Swimming – Team Technical Routine (8:30pm)

The combination of swimming, gymnastics and synchronised diving takes to the pool. The Australians are expected to finish in the bottom half of the Top 10, the Russians are the hot favourites.

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Teams will have two minutes to perform a team routine that will highlight body control, breath control, synchronisation and the fantastic ability to dance upside down underwater. It is a spectacular show, and will be an event to watch for all, curious or practiced.

Athletics (9:25pm onwards)

Women’s Javelin Final (9:50pm) – Three Aussies have made it into the final, with Mackenzie Little and Kelsey-Lee Barber each in their first Olympic final. Barber was the Wolrd Champion in 2019, with a throw of 66.56m at that event.

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The two are joined by Kathryn Mitchell, who is at the Olympics for the third time, and finished sixth at Rio 2016, just short of a medal winning mark. While Barber has the strongest career best of the trio, Mitchell threw best to qualify for the final, but all three will be worth watching.

Women’s 1500m Final (10:50pm) – Linden Hall ran just over four minutes in each of her heats and Semi Final with fast finishes in both races to qualify for the final. Jessica Hull broke the Australian record in the Semi Final with a time of 3:59.67.

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Both are expected to race hard from the start to keep the pace high in the final, as they try to put pressure on Sifan Hassan (NED) who is the favourite for the final.

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