The Chinese Women's Sprint Team won gold, and broke a World Record

The Chinese Women's Sprint Team won gold, and broke a World Record. Image: Union Cycliste Internationale / Twitter

Day 10 was an action packed day, with medals, records, heartbreak and heart warming success. Catch up on all the action from Tokyo 2020 here.

Day 10 of Tokyo 2020 was filled with action across so many sports, and for so many nations. Keep up to date with all the happenings at Tokyo 2020 through The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and Olympic Central.

The Athletics had a busy day, but you can catch all the action of the day here.

Team Sport Moving Day

Football – The Women’s Football semi finals took place today. In one of the upsets of the tournament, Team USA were beaten by Canada. A second half penalty that was calmly slotted by Jessie Fleming, Canada was able to hold on to upset the highly touted USA 1-0. Australia pushed Sweden to the brink in the other semi final.

Read our full match recap here.

Volleyball – Six Women’s matches took place today. Serbia won three games to none against Korea, as did China over Argentina and Brazil over Kenya. Japan managed to take one game off the Dominican Republic, but also fell convincingly. Turkey and the USA held their nerves in eight three games to two wins over ROC and Italy respectively.


One Men’s match also took place, with the USA dominating Argentina three games to none.

Basketball – The final preliminary matchups for the Women were completed. Japan thumped Nigeria, becoming the first team to crack 100 points at Tokyo 2020. They put up 102 points, and kept Nigeria to 83. The USA was challenged by France, but eventually found a way, winning 93-82, to go into the knockout matches unbeaten.


China beat Belgium in convincing fashion, sealing their spot at the top of the Group, as they won 74-62, with a strong defensive performance. The Australians, needing a 25 point win over Puerto Rico to make it through to the knockout stages, were up by one point at half time, before running away 96-69.

You can catch our full recap of the match here.

Handball – Preliminary matches for all teams were on today. Korea and Angola played a 31-all draw, in the closest result of the day. The Netherlands and Montenegro were locked together for most of the match, but the Netherlands found a way to win 30-29.

Hungary (over Sweden) and ROC (over Spain) each recorded three score wins, but the most dominant performances of the day were saved for France and Norway. France had a 29-22 win over Brazil and Norway dominated Japan 37-25.

Hockey – Today was quarter final day for the Women’s Hockey. In the morning, the upset of the tournament happened, as India beat Australia 1-0. It was a disappointing end to the tournament for the Matildas, and you can catch the full match recap here.

The other match in the morning was a comfortable 3-0 win for Argentina, who are now looming as one of the medal favourites for the competition. In the evening, New Zealand was knocked out by the Netherlands, 3-0, and Great Britain held their nerve against Spain, winning a shootout after a 2-2 draw.


Water Polo – Today was the final day of the Men’s preliminary stages, and the difference in class showed in many matches. Hungary and Italy were easily the closest, ending in a 5-5 draw. Spain beat Croatia 8-4, as the Croatians advance to the next round, despite their poor tournament.

Greece won in a blowout over USA 14-5, as Serbia flexed their muscles over Montenegro 13-6. Japan utterly dominated South Afrrica 24-9, and Australia beat Kazakhstan 15-7 to conclude their Olympics. You can read our recap of that match here.

Equestrian – Clearing all the bars

The Equestrian was a night of records, as the Eventing competition came to a close. Great Britain took home Team Eventing Gold, ahead of Australia and France. Andrew Hoy, as a member of the Australian team, became the oldest Australian medalist at his eighth Olympics.

In the Individual Eventing Final, more history was made. While Hoy took home bronze, and Tom McEwen (GBR) added a silver to his Team Gold, the star of the show was Julie Krajewski (DEU). In the 57 year history of the individual eventing competition at the Olympics, there had never been a female gold medalist, until tonight.



The strong women were at the platform tonight, with the Women’s 87kg and 87kg+ competing. China took home bronze in both weight divisions, with Wang Zhouyu in the 87kg, and Li Wenwen in the 87kg+ division.

In the 87kg, Ecuador’s Tamara Yajaira Salazar Arce took home silverm and Crismery Dominga Santana Peguero from the Dominican Republic won bronze.

Li Wenwen came into the 87kg+ competition as the favourite, holding the Junior World Records tonight, and left with World and Olympic Records in the Snatch, Clean & Jerk and Total score. Emily Jade Campbell (GBR) and Sarah Elizabeth Robles (USA) took out the minor medals.


Gymnastics – Margins of millimetres

Chinese Men took both silver and gold in the Men’s Rings, with Liu Yang and You Hao ahead of Greek star Eleftharios Petrounias. Just 0.300 of a point separated gold and bronze in an incredibly tense and close final.


It was event closer in the Women’s Floor, with Jade Carey (USA) sealing gold ahead of Italian Vanessa Ferrari. The bronze medal was shared between local hero Mai Murakami and Angelina Melnikova, representing ROC. The absence of Simone Biles was felt, but she has announced that she will be ready for the Women’s Beam final later in the week.


The Men’s Vault was the closest event of the day, with Jaehwan Shin (KOR) and Denis Abliazin (ROC) both scoring 14.783. Shin was awarded gold on countback, while Armenian Artur Davtyan was awarded bronze.

Shooting – Rifling for medals

The Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol was on today. After starting qualifying yesterday, qualifying finished today, and then medals were decided in the afternoon. Jean Quiquampoix (FRA) equalled the Olympic record of 34 points on his way to gold.

He equalled the record of Leuris Pupo (CUB), who couldn’t replicate his heroics of London 2012 and could only manage silver. China’s Li Yuehong took home the bronze, after eliminating Daeyoon Kim (KOR) in a shoot-off for bronze.

The Men’s 50m Rifle (3 positions) also concluded today. Zhang Changhong (CHN) broke the World and Olympic records on his way to gold, scoring 466.0. He beat Sergey Kamensky (ROC), who took home silver, 1.8 points behind, and well ahead of Milenko Sebic (SRB) who took home bronze.


Canoe Sprint

Lisa Carrington (NZL) kicked off the defence of her Olympic record from Rio in the Women’s Single Kayak – K1 (200m) with a strong performance. She’s shown the reason for her favouritism ahead of the semi finals and finals tomorrow.

China edged ahead of Cuba in the Men’s Double Canoe – C2 (1000m) with a time of 3:37.783. They’ll be the favourite in each of the semi finals tomorrow. Germany and Spain went at it in the other heat, and will also be strong favourites to qualify for the finals.

Australia qualified two boats for the semi finals of the Women’s Double Kayak – K2 (500m), as have Hungary and Germany and New Zealand. Each country will be hunting for a strong presence in the final.


Jozef Dostal (CZE) qualified easily for the semi final of the Men’s Single Kayak – K1 (1000m) ahead of Australian Thomas Green.

Track Cycling – Wooden Lightning

The final cycling discipline of the Olympics got underway. The velodrome at Izu looks like it will be fast, as multiple world records fell today. The only medals to be awarded were in the Women’s Team Sprint, with China taking him gold ahead of Germany in the Gold Medal Sprint, and Russia defeating the Netherlands in the Bronze Medal Sprint. China set a new world record along the way, with a time of 31.804 in the semi final.

The qualifying for the Women’s Team Pursuit was dominated by Germany, who set a new world record by more than three seconds, an eternity in track cycling. The team from Great Britain showed exactly why they were pre-race favourites, breaking the existing world record, just by less than Germany had done the ride prior. Australia finished a disappointing seventh, ahead of only Canada.

The qualifying for the Men’s Team Pursuit was punctuated by Alex Porter suffering a terrible crash. One kilometre into the Australian team’s qualifying effort, Porter’s handlebars broke under him, and he crashed to the boards. While he got up, and the Aussies later rode a second effort, it was in vain. Denmark set a new Olympic record in the process of going through fastest, while Italy, dragged by World Road Time Trial champion Filippo Ganna finished second fastest.


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