Tokyo 2020: Daily Guide – Saturday July 24

Australians enjoy the Opening Ceremony from the Olympic Village
Australians enjoy the Opening Ceremony from the Olympic Village. Image: Australian Olympic Team / Twitter

Day 1 of Tokyo 2020 is here, and competition is in full swing. 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 recaps of all the day’s events and check out our live blog to follow along.

Men’s Hockey – Australia v Japan (10:30am)

The Kookaburras are one of the favourites for the gold medal. They kick off their campaign against Japan and will be hoping to start with a resounding win.

Watch for Eddie Ockenden, four-time Olympian who will be aiming to leave his imprint on the match, as he has for the Kookaburras since Beijing 2008.

Rowing – Women’s Double Sculls, Pairs, Men’s Pairs (10:30am)

Amanda Bateman and Tara Rigney took third place in their heat yesterday, putting them in the semi-finals. They’ll need to repeat the feat to qualify for the final and put themselves in contention for a medal.

Jessica Morrison is returning to the Olympics after Rio 2016 and is partnered up with Annabelle McIntyre for the Women’s Pairs. They will kick off their campaign in the heats.

Sam Hardy and Josh Hicks will make their Olympic debuts in the heats of the Men’s Pairs. They will be aiming for a top 2 finish in their heat to put them on track for a medal.

Softball – Canada v Australia (11:00am)

The Aussie Spirit have had a loss (to Japan, 8-1) and a win (over Italy, 1-0) so far. In order to stay in touch for finals, they will need to beat Canada and keep in touch with the Top 4.

Ellen Roberts showed just how clutch she is in the bottom of the ninth inning against Italy, to keep the Italians scoreless and save the match.

Cycling – Men’s Road Race (12:00pm)

The men’s road race is 234km of riding, with almost 5,000m of climbing. They will ride past some spectacular scenery, including climbing over Mt Fuji.

It is sure to be some superb racing, as the Tour de France was recently, but even if you can’t get into it for the racing, the scenery is worth watching.

Rowing – Men’s Fours, Women’s Fours (12:50pm)

Spencer Turrin and Alexander Hill are back after Rio 2016, and Hill has a silver medal from those Games. The pair, along with Jack Hargreaves and Alexander Purnell will kick off their campaign to win extra hardware with the heats of the Men’s Fours.

Morrison and McIntrye will be backing up from their early race and will be calling in Lucy Stephan and Rosemary Popa as reinforcements, as they row in the heats of the Women’s Fours.

Women’s Water Polo – Australia v Canada (4:30pm)

The Australian Stingers will kick off their campaign against Canada. In the first match of the pool stages, Bronwen Knox and co will be hoping to lay a strong foundation for their campaign.

While they have not won gold since Sydney 2000, the Stingers won bronze at the 2019 World Championships and will be aiming to carry that strong form in.

Women’s Football – Australia v Sweden (6:30pm)

The Matildas kicked off their Olympic campaign with a fantastic 2-1 win over New Zealand. Tameka Yallop and Sam Kerr scored brilliant goals as the Matildas controlled the match.

Sweden started their campaign with a dominant 3-0 win over the USA, so the Aussies will be keen to test their mettle against the Swedes, and try and remain in the top two of their pool.

Swimming – Men’s 400m Freestyle (8:48pm)

One of the blue-ribbon events in the pool, this event will always bring back memories of Ian Thorpe for Australians. At Tokyo 2020, there is no Thorpe, but there might be the next best thing.

Young Elijah Winnington has shown plenty of promise as he has dominated freestyle events at Olympic Trials from 200m to 800m. His strongest event is the 400m, and he’s likely to progress through the heats with a warning shot to his rivals.

Swimming – Women’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay (10:15pm)

This is one of the few events that Australia won gold at Rio 2016 with an Olympic record. Of the winning quartet of Emma McKeon, Brittany Elmslie and Bronte and Cate Campbell, three have returned, including Cate Campbell who carried the flag at the Opening Ceremony.

Australia will be looking to repeat that success and will aim to qualify in the heats for what is likely to be a hotly contested final.

Men’s Beach Volleyball – Australia v Norway (11:00pm)

One for the night owls, as Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann, kick off their Olympic campaign. After qualifying by winning the Asian Volleyball Continental Championship in May, the Aussies will be feeling confident.

They come up against the Norwegian team, with who they will be evenly matched, as they hope to take the win and progress on in the tournament.

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