23/04/2024

The Matilda's semi-final against Sweden is at 9:00pm tonight Photo: Matildas - Twitter

The Athletics is well and truly underway on Day 10 no longer having to compete with the Swimming but it's the Women's teams in the spotlight tonight.

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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 10:47am)

Women’s 1500m (From 10:35am) – The Women’s 1500m heats kicks off the track events on Day 10, and there will be an Australian in each heat looking to progress into the final, Georgia Griffith is in Heat 1 and will be up against stiff competition with two of the top five in the world running against her, Jessica Hull will race in Heat 2 against Dutch world number one Sifan Hassan and the Aussies best hope of a finalist Linden Hall will race in Heat 3 looking to run around that sub-four-minute mark.

Men’s Long Jump Final (From 11:20am) – If you want to see a masterclass in Long Jump then this final will be it, Cuban Juan Miguel Echevarria blitzed qualification jumping 35cm further than the automatic qualification mark and achieving a season’s best and he could do even better in the final. The best shot at beating him will be Jamaica’s Tajay Gayle who is currently ranked as the world number one but it will be a show from Echevarria regardless.

Women’s 100m Hurdles Final (From 12:50pm) – The last event of the day session in the Athletics, is shaping up to be a fierce race, Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn just shaved of 0.11 of a second off Sally Pearson’s Olympic Record in qualifying and she’ll be hunting down that last 0.06 of a second along with the Gold Medal to claim a new World Record.

Women’s Pole Vault (From 8:20pm) – The qualification for the final of the Women’s Pole Vault starts the evening session and Australia has two hopefuls looking to scrape into the final. The best hope will be in Group A with Nina Kennedy who’s career-best is already 12cm ahead of the automatic qualification height of 4.70m but in Group B is Elizaveta Parnova who will have to vault 10cm better than her best for that guaranteed spot or hope to clear a high enough mark that she is inside the top 12 to qualify.

Women’s Discus Throw Final (From 9:00pm) – Dani Stevens may not have made the qualifying but the Women’s Discus Final is sure to be just as thrilling as the men’s, there is barely 50cm splitting the best in the world between the women and the men and you can expect to see just as massive throws tonight as you did on Saturday.

Men’s 400m Semi-Final (From 9:13pm) – Australia’s Athletics team co-captain Steve Solomon will get his time in the moonlight on Monday night, he’ll be running in Semi-Final 2 of the Men’s 400m and his best isn’t far off the pace of some of his top competitors, he’ll just have to run his best if he hopes to finish inside the top 2 and qualify for the Final.

Women’s Hockey Quarter-Finals (From 1:00pm)

If there’s a team that is in good form and is raring to go it’s the Hockeyroos who will take on India at 1:00 pm on Monday. The Hockeyroos have had a pattern at the Olympics since their second appearance at the 1988 Games. Win Gold or crash out in the Quarter-Finals.

Currently, undefeated a matchup against India is by no means a lock as the Indian team have emerged from the daunting Group A that featured Great Britain, Germany and the Netherlands and they now have a point to prove.

However, the Hockeyroos have washed away the demons of Rio 2016 in the past five years and now look just as good in attack as they do in defence, only letting one goal through for the entire tournament to date and still finding ways to score despite the conditions for their past three matches.

Men’s Water Polo (From 8:50pm)

This will be the last chance to see the Sharks at Tokyo 2020 as they will not advance onto the Quarter-Finals after multiple losses to some of the best in the world.

That doesn’t mean they won’t put on a show against Kazahkstan, the Australians might narrowly be missing out on finals but Kazakhstan is yet to win a game and it will stay that way if the Aussies have anything to say about it, the question will be whether or not they can put on a show and get out a big win at Tokyo 2020.

Women’s Weightlifting +87kg Final (From 8:50pm)

Australia’s only realistic chance at a Weightlighting Medal is tonight and is worth catching in between all the team sport with 22-year-old Charisma Amoe-Tarrant looking to claim Australia’s fifth weightlifting medal.

China’s Li Wenwen will go in as the favourite but Amoe-Tarrant or New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard are good chances to cause an upset with Hubbard tries to hit the podium coming back from what was considered a career-ending injury at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Women’s Football Semi-Final (From 9:00pm)

Everyone in Australia’s hearts was in their throats in the Matildas Quarter-Final against Great Britain and tonight is sure to be no different, facing fellow Group C opponents, Australia is all too familiar with Sweden and what it’s like to lose to them.

So needless to say they won’t be going down without a fight, the Matilda’s will be looking to win their first-ever medal at Tokyo 2020 and now there is a realistic chance to snatch one up, there’s just one more match before they guarantee a podium finish. It’s going to be heartstopping and if it is half as entertaining as the rest of the women’s tournament has been at Tokyo 2020 we’re in for a show.

It’d be wise to watch the United States and Canada play in the other Semi-Final at 6:00 pm too as the Australian’s will play one of the two regardless of the outcome of tonight’s match and you’ll be able to size up the Matildas chances of winning it all or walking away in 4th with no medal.

Women’s Basketball (From 10:00pm)

The Opals match against Puerto Rico was never expected to be a must-win but has quickly become that after narrow losses to China and Belgium. They now need to not only win but put Puerto Rico away with a healthy lead so that they emerge from the group stage as one of the two teams ranked in third.

Additionally, if it is a massive win and the margin between China and Belgium is wide enough, Australia could sneak up into second spot and not have to worry about the impact of rankings from other groups as to their finals chances.

This match could prove to be a reset for the Opals’ Gold Medal campaign and put a jolt of energy into the side that has felt the loss of a key player in its opening matches.

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