Cate Campbell and Patty Mills lead out the Aussie contingent as Tokyo 2020 officially begins. Picture: Basketball Australia Twitter

We are underway! Day 0 of the Tokyo Olympics showcased sporting excellence and finished with artistic flair as the Opening Ceremony wowed the world.

As Day 0 draws to a close with a breath-taking Opening Ceremony, we take a look at what happened at the Olympics today. For all your Tokyo 2020 coverage, stay tuned to The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and the Olympics Central.

Tokyo – A bow and a row

Rowing and archery were the only two sports to take place on Day 0 of the Tokyo Olympics but they made up for the lack of quantity with extremely high quality.

A record tumbled in Tokyo came as the Dutch men’s Double Sculls team smashed the Olympic Record, finishing with a time of 6:08.38.

The time was more than two seconds faster than any other nation in the heats and saw them automatically qualify for the final.

The Netherlands also qualified in the Quad Sculls along with Australia but it was the other heat that stole the show with Poland and Italy in a photo finish.

Poland came out on top by .03 of a second in what was a fantastic race.

Romania finished first in the women’s Double Sculls with a very fast qualifying time of 6:49.79, closely followed by winners of Heat Two, the Netherlands, who were second fastest overall with 6:49.90.

Aside from the Quad Sculls, no Aussies managed to qualify for the finals however the women’s Double Sculls landed a spot in the semi-finals.


It was a day of great importance for archery competitors in Tokyo 2020 but one that did not offer any threat of elimination.

The first day of archery competition exists to rank the competitors, which determines later matchups throughout the Games.

In the 2020 edition of the ranking round, it was complete dominance from the Republic of Korea.

Three Olympic Records were broken on Day 0 with the women’s team and individual records falling, along with the mixed team record.

It was a strong statement from the Republic of Korea as it will now certainly be the nation to beat across all disciplines.

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Cate Campbell and Patty Mills flag bearers for Tokyo 2020

All eyes on our Aussies

Cate Campbell and Patty Mills led out 63 Australian athletes as the world watched on during the Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony.

Campbell, a veteran of the games, now in her fourth Olympics wore the Aussie colours with pride ahead of what will surely be her final campaign.

Patty Mills was a beacon of hope and national pride as he became the first Indigenous Australian to be the country’s flag bearer in Olympic history.

It was a proud moment for all involved, even if the humidity prevented the dashing Aussie blazers from being worn.


Tokyo 2020 is finally here

From Keith Urban to Susan Boyle, from drones to pictograms, the Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony had it all.

For tired Australian eyes as the clocked ticked into early Saturday morning, it was certainly a lot to take in, one of the most unique Opening Ceremonies of all time.

A telling theme throughout was one of unity and the ability to overcome adversity. With the year that 2020 was and 2021 continues to be, it was a welcome reminder as to what the Olympics is all about.

Countries from all around the world walked out by one in the same place, on the same night with the same Olympic dream in mind. It was, as it always is, a sight to behold.

The cauldron was eventually lit by tennis superstar and world number two, Naomi Osaka, with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games officially declared open.

For all your Tokyo 2020 coverage, stay tuned to The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and the Olympics Central.

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