Tokyo 2020: Daily Guide – Wednesday, July 28

Grace Brown overlooks the time trial course
Grace Brown overlooks the time trial course. Credit: Grace Brown / Instagram

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.

Swimming – Ariarne Titmus searches for second gold (11:41am) 

Ariarne Titmus will be on the hunt for her second gold medal at Tokyo after securing her first in the 400m Freestyle. Titmus finished first overall in the semis of the 200m Freestyle and is the hot favourite to take home the gold.

Joining her is fellow teammate Maddison Wilson who finished eighth overall in the semis to scrape through into the final. A double chance at taking home a medal? This is a final not to be missed. 

Cycling – Individual Time Trial (from 12:30pm)

After disappointing road races for both the men and the women, the Australians will be hoping to bounce back with redemption in the individual time trials.

Sarah Gigante (11:37am) and Grace Brown (12:00pm) will be flying the flag for the women, while Richie Porte (2:57pm) and Rohan Dennis (4:04pm) will be there for the men. Dennis is a former World Champion in the discipline and is a strong chance to medal .

Sailing – (from 1:05pm) (Subject to weather conditions)

Men’s Two Person Dinghy 470: Race one of the Men’s Two Person Dinghy 470 sees pair Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan kick things off for Australia in one of the first races for the day.

Men’s One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) Finn: Jake Lilley will compete in race three after finishing ranked eighth in race number two.

Mixed Multihull Narca 17 Foiling: Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin will compete in races one to three, beginning from 3:35pm. It is the second Olympics appearance for the cousins are looking to go one better than their silver medal on debut at Rio 2016.

Men’s Basketball – Italy v Australia (6:20pm)

The Boomers made a hot start to their campaign with a 17-point win over Nigeria. Tonight, they come up against Italy, which defeated Germany in its first game of the tournament. It’s another chance to watch Patty Mills and the Boomers, with the hype surrounding them ever-increasing, and will have plenty of attention come the evening. 

Men’s Beach Volleyball – Spain v Australia (6:00pm)

It is a must-win for Beach Volleyball duo Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann who are yet to win a game in their Preliminary matches of Pool A.

Their latest defeat, in the hands of ROC, saw the match finish at the conclusion of the second set, going down 21-14, 21-16.

Tonight, they come up against Spain which is also winless in Pool A, giving the Australians every opportunity to finally secure a win.

Women’s Hockey – Japan v Australia (7:30pm)

The Hockeyroos will come up against hosts Japan tonight in the women’s hockey.

With a 6-0 win over China in their second game, the Hockeyroos sit atop the Group B table with two wins from two games, while Japan is just outside the qualifying place in fifth.

While the hosts are yet to register a win, it will be another excellent match-up and a chance to watch the Hockeyroos in action once again.

Men’s Football – Australia v Egypt (9:00pm)

The Olyroos’ match against Egypt is the last of the group stage and is a must-win for the Aussies who currently sit second in Group C. A win or a draw will advance Australia through to the Quarter-Finals, however, a win would help with a favourable draw the rest of the way through the tournament.

A win over current African Champions will have Australia finish with six points and a guaranteed first or second finish, depending on the result of Spain v Argentina. Egypt currently has a draw and a loss under its belt, making the Aussies’ chances of a win more promising. 

If Australia does lose, it means its Olympic journey comes to an end. 

Men’s Hockey – Australia v New Zealand (10:15pm)

The Kookaburras have made a brilliant start to their Olympic campaign, with three wins from three matches and sitting comfortably at the top of the Group A table.

They come up against New Zealand, third in Group A with one win, one loss and one draw from its three games. It will be another good contest, and a chance for the Hockeyroos to extend their lead at the top of the Group A table. 

Swimming (night session, from 8:00pm)

There is a lot to look forward to in the night’s heats sessions, with a number of Aussie Dolphins to make their splash into the pool.

4x 100m Freestyle Relay members Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell will race in Heat Six and Seven respectively of the 100m Freestyle event. 

Campbell’s spectacular anchor finish in both the heat and the Final of the relay makes her a hot favourite to progress with one of the best times of the heats, but McKeon is also a likely top qualifier. 

Tristan Hollard will make his first appearance for Australia in Heat One of the Men’s 200m Backstroke and Jenna Strauch and Abbey Harkin in Heat Four of the Women’s 200m Breaststroke.

Australia has a double chance of qualifying for the Semi-Final in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley in Brendon Smith and Mitch Larkin swimming in Heat Three and Four respectively. 

Finishing off the night is the Women’s 200m Freestyle Relay where Australia will race in Heat 2.

Women’s rowing (10:50am)

Australia will be contending for gold in the women’s four final in the morning, coming up against Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, China and Poland. Australia’s group of Lucy Stephan, Rosemary Popa, Jessica Morrison and Annabelle McIntyre set a new Olympic Record in the event on Saturday, an indicator that they could be well placed to claim a medal. 

The Women’s Eight will be in action later in the day as they seek to get through repechage and into the final for the first time since London 2012.

Men’s Rowing (11:10am; 11:30am)

We’ll also see two men’s rowing events in the late morning, in both of which Australia will be contending for Gold. At 11:10 the men’s four final will take place, in which Australia qualified as the fastest in its heat. At 11:30 is the men’s quad sculls final, which will see Australia with its third chance for a rowing medal. 

The Men’s Eight will wrap up the day with their own repechage event, trying to make the final for the first time since London 2012 as well.

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