Tokyo 2020: Daily Guide – Wednesday, August 4

Peter Bol will stop the nation when he races in the men's 800 metre final. Photo: Australian Olympic Team

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 Marathon Swimming (from 7:30am)

The women’s 10km open water swim will be started and completed on Wednesday. One of the most gruelling events on the Tokyo 2020 calendar, the race is generally about the same time as marathon runners take; around two hours. Australia has never medalled in the open water swimming, but Kareena Lee will be looking to change that as she makes her Olympic debut.

Women’s Golf (from 8:30am)

The first round of the women’s golf will ensue on Wednesday morning. Australia has two great hopefuls in 15th ranked Hannah Green – who will make her Olympics debut – and Minjee Lee who will be at her second Games. The event will be played over four days at Kasumigaseki Country Club.

Inbee Park will be looking to defend her gold medal from Rio 2016, while world number one Nelly Korda has high hopes and a brilliant run of form heading into Tokyo 2020.

Women’s Park Skateboarding (from 10:00am)

Having seen the exhilaration of street skateboarding earlier in the Olympics, park skateboarding will begin its Tokyo 2020 life, and Australia will watch on as two athletes do us proud on the biggest stage.

Poppy Starr Olsen will be a serious medal contender in the women’s which will be started and decided on Wednesday. The 21-year-old is ranked fourth in the world and won bronze at the 2017 X Games when she was just 17 years old to burst onto the scene. The final will be on the same day as well, with that beginning at 2:30 pm.

Athletics (from 10:00am)

Decathlon (from 10:00 am): An event that showcases the incredible all-round talent of athletes, the decathlons’ events will begin on Wednesday. There are two Australians competing, with Cedric Dubler having gotten a taste of the competition at Rio 2016, and Ash Moloney making his debut. Five events will be competed in, with the 100m sprint (10:00 am), long jump (10:55 am), shot put (12:10 pm), high jump (8:05 pm), and 400 metres (11:30 pm) set to be completed.

Men’s 800m Final (10:05 pm): Australian Peter Bol has already captured the nation, breaking the Australian record for the men’s 800 metres in his heat, and then doing it all over again in the semi-final. His semi run was scintillating, holding off the field to win, and pulling up short of the line as well so there’s more history to come for the Aussie. The great Bruce McAvaney has declared Bol a gold medal chance, so this will be absolutely a must-watch as we cheer home one of the best stories of Tokyo 2020, who will become the first Australian man to compete in the final of the 800 metres since 1968.

Women’s Basketball Quarter-final – Opals vs Team USA (from 2:40pm)

The fact that the Opals are even in this position is astounding. Needing to defeat Puerto Rico by 25-plus points in their final group stage game to progress to the knockouts, some brilliance from Marianna Tolo and Cayla George helped propel the Aussies into a grudge match quarter-final with the USA. The Opals defeated them in Las Vegas prior to the Games and will take great confidence knowing that this side is not at their best.

Track Cycling (from 4:30pm)

If day one of the Track Cycling was good viewing then day two was even better, we might need to temper your expectations because records won’t fall race after race as they have been, forever.

It’s another big day for the Sprints with the individual qualifiers for the Men’s, the Men’s Team Pursuit Finals, the Australian’s are in the Bronze Medal Race against New Zealand and after both team’s Heats, it’s going to be excellent viewing as should the Gold Medal Race between Italy and Denmark.

The Women’s Keiren also commences today and whilst there won’t be medals on offer there will be Australians competing and looking to break into the quarter-finals without going through the repechages.

Women’s Sport Climbing (from 7:00pm)

After the incredible debut of sport climbing the day prior, the women will take centre stage and showcase their sport to the world for the first time at an Olympic Games. there will be three disciplines, with speed (7:00 pm), bouldering (8:00 pm) and lead (11:10 pm) all must-watch. Aussie Oceana Mackenzie will be representing her country proudly in the inaugural event.

About Jasper Chellappah 199 Articles
Jasper writes on Aussie Rules, basketball, tennis and netball for The Inner Sanctum. His main area is player analysis, with a keen focus on the AFL Draft. He also lends his voice to The Checkside and the SuperCoach Sanctum PODcast each week.

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