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The Matildas will take on Great Britain tonight with kickoff at 7pm (credit Matildas twitter)

Day 7 of Tokyo 2020 is set to be a big day, with medals in multiple sports, and other big ticket events. Follow along with The Inner Sanctum’s Live Blog.

Welcome to our live blog of Day 7 at Tokyo 2020. All Olympics we will keep you up to date as we go with all the action.

You can always check up on our recaps of the day before, or our podcast and video updates at the Olympic Hub.

Catch up on last night’s updates with our podcast, Ascending Olympus.

If you’re struggling to work out what to watch, we put together a handy guide of the events to watch today.

1:03am: That’s all for Day 7, we will have more tomorrow.

1:02am: France is leading two sets to one in men’s volleyball against the ROC after a 25-17 third set win.

12:32am: It’s one set apeice in the final competition of Day 7, men’s Pool B volleyball between the ROC and France. France won the first set 25-11 while the ROC won the second set 25-20, heading into the final set.

12:25am: ICYMI: The quarterfinals of the women’s football competition at Tokyo yielded some incredible results, including one that was decided in extra-time and two on penalties. You can read the recap of Australia’s 4-3 win over Great Britain here.

12:02am: Germany records a 28-23 win over Norway in Group A men’s handball. Germany shot at an efficiency of 62 per cent compared to Norway’s 50 per cent. Both teams are 2-2 with one game remaining in the group stages.

12:00am: Men’s Pool C beach volleyball has concluded between the USA and Qatar, the latter recording a two-set win, 21-18, 21-17. Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan from Qatar were the winners, going 3-0 with one game left in the group stages.

11:48pm: China escape with a 76-74 victory against Australia in the women’s basketball after two free throws to Li Yueru sealed the game. Ezi Magbegor scored 15 points while Jenna O’Hea scored 11 points for the Opals. Australia is now 0-2 though face fellow 0-2 side Puerta Rico in its last game, its chances hanging by a thread to progress past the group stages into the quarterfinals.

At the conclusion of the night’s men’s Pool B hockey games, Germany prevailed 3-1 against the Netherlands and Belgium and Great Britain were involved in a 2-2 draw.

11:46pm: After two free throws were made from China’s Shao Tang, on the ball back in, Jenna O’Hea bucketed another three-pointer to draw the scores level.

The USA have won the penalty shoot-out 4-2 as Megan Rapinoe against the Netherlands and progress to the semi-finals. The USA next meet Canada on Monday, after Canada too progressed on penalties.

11:44pm: Jenna O’Hea makes a three-pointer to have Australia within one point with 11 seconds to go, trailing 72-71 against China. China take timeout.

11:4pm: China make two free throws via Wang Siyu to put the team up 72-68 against Australia in the women’s basketball. The Opals have taken a timeout with 15 seconds remaining.

11:40pm: A two-point shot from Katie Ebzery put Australia within two points, 70-68, against China with just under a minute remaining.

The penalty shootout is starting between the USA and the Netherlands for a spot in the semi-final on the line for the winner.

11:39pm: The Opals are down by four points with 1:08 remaining and in Australia’s possession, trailing 70-66 against China in women’s basketball.

11:35pm: The Opals trail by five points with just under three minutes remaining against China in women’s basketball.

The women’s football quarterfinal between the USA and the Netherlands is going to penalties as the teams are unable to be split, 0-0 after 120 minutes.

11:30pm: Ma Long of China has won gold in table tennis’ men’s singles match, winning in six sets, 4-11, 12-10, 8-11, 9-11, 11-3, 7-11, against fellow Chinese opponent Fan Zhendong.

11:27pm: The USA has another goal ruled offside, keeping the score at 0-0 113 minutes into its quarterfinal against the Netherlands.

11:23pm: The USA believed it had the lead however VAR ruled the goal offside with 10 minutes in extra-time remaining.

11:18pm: China hold an eight-point lead at three-quarter time in the women’s basketball against Australia, a 9-0 run to begin proving the difference in the period to lead 55-48. Ezi Magbegor has 12 points for the Opals.

Neither the USA nor the Netherlands could find a goal in the first half of extra-time, still 0-0.

11:05pm: Italy has won its Pool A men’s volleyball match against the Islamic Republic of Iran three sets to one, 30-28, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21.

ICYMI: World number one Novak Djokovic has lost both his singles and mixed doubles matches tonight, out of the Olympic Games. He lost to Alexander Zverev 6-1, 3-6, 1-6 before he and partner Nina Stojanovic fell 7-, 7-5 against the ROC’s Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev.

11:02pm: China has started the third quarter on a 9-0 run before Australia’s first bucket within the first two and a half minutes in the women’s basketball.

10:54pm: The USA and the Netherlands have finished 2-2 after regulation time of the women’s football quarterfinal with extra-time coming up.

10:44pm: It’s all-square at halftime between China and Australia in women’s basketball, the score 38-all. Leilani Mitchell and Ezi Magbegor each have eight points for the Opals. Wang Siyu of China leads points for the game with nine.

10:35pm: The Opals have hit the front through a Sara Blicavs shot, leading 32-31 as China calls a timeout with 4:21 to play in the second quarter.

10:34pm: Halfway through the second quarter of Australia’s game against China and Australia has come back massively, a one-point Chinese lead, 31-30. Mitchell and Magbegor each have eight points.

10:30pm: The USA has won its opening round game against Israel, 8-1. It follows a 1-0 win to the Dominican Republic over Mexico earlier in the day.

10:21pm: China hold a 27-19 lead into quarter-time of its match against Australia. Leilani Mitchell leads the points for the Opals with eight.

10:18pm: Australia has finished third in the men’s 4x100m medley relay with a time of 3:32.08.

10:15pm: ICYMI: The Matildas won in extra-time against Great Britain, 4-3. It had the whole of Australia captivated, including men’s football legend Tim Cahill!

10:10pm: China lead Australia 16-9 after five minutes in women’s Group C basketball. For the Opals, Ezi Magbegor leads with four points.

MEDAL ALERT Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov has claimed the men’s singles table tennis bronze medal with a win over Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun Ju in seven sets, 11-13, 11-9, 11-6, 4-11, 11-4, 13-15, 7-11.

10:05pm: Patrick Tiernan has finished 19th in the men’s 10,000m final in a time of 28:35.06, a season-best.

Australia has finished first in the women’s 4x100m relay with a time of 3:5.39.

10:00pm: The Opals and China have taken the court for their second games of Tokyo 2020. Australia had a opening game loss against Belgium. You can read the recap of that game here.

At quarter-time of the men’s Pool B hockey between Germany and the Netherlands, Germany lead 1-0 with a goal to Niklas Wellen.

It’s going to a decisive seventh set in the men’s singles table tennis bronze medal game against Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun Ju and Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov.

9:56pm: Jack McLoughlin has finished fourth in his 1500m Freestyle heat with a time of 14:56.98.

9:53pm: Sweden has won 3-1 against Japan in the women’s football quarterfinal. Sweden now go on to play Australia in the semi-finals.

9:50pm: MEDAL ALERT Croatia’s Nikola Mektic/Mate Pavic have beaten fellow countrymen Marin Cilic/Ivan Dodig to win gold in the men’s doubles final.

9:47pm: The Stingers have suffered a tough 15-9 defeat to Spain in the women’s water polo. It’s Australia’s first loss of Tokyo 2020 with one game remaining in the group stages.

9:35pm: The men’s doubles tennis gold medal final between Croaia’s Nikola Mektic/Mate Pavic and Marin Cilic/Ivan Dodig is going to a third set.

9:32pm: THE MATILDAS ARE THROUGH TO THE SEMI-FINALS! Australia hold on to a 4-3 extra-time win against Great Britain. The Matildas will play the winner of Japan/Sweden.

The Stingers are trailing 11-7 at three-quarter final of their water polo Group A match against Spain.

9:29pm: MEDAL ALERT Japan has claimed another gold medal at Tokyo 2020, winning fencing’s men’s épée team gold medal match against the ROC, 45-36.

9:26pm: Great Britain has haved the deficit, trailing 4-3 against the Matildas in the 115th minute.

Lot of sport to keep up with tonight, including the Opals very shortly!

9:22pm: Thomas Neill has finished fourth in his 1500m Freestyle heat with a time of 15:04.65.

Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun Ju has won the second set of the men’s singles bronze medal table tennis match, 11-9, evening the sets won at 1-1 against Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov.

9:15pm: Sam Kerr earns a brace as she puts the Matildas up 4-2 inside the first minute of the second half of extra-time in the women’s preliminary final against Great Britain.

At halftime in the women’s water polo, Spain hold a 7-6 lead against the Stingers.

9:10pm: Mary Fowler has scored from outside the box in the 13th minute of extra-time in the women’s preliminary final against Great Britain, the Matildas lead 3-2.

9:05pm: At the end of the first quarter, the women’s water polo between Spain and Australia is tied at 3-all.

8:56pm: The women’s water polo between Spain and Australia is underway. Spain had the first possession of the game but Australia scored the first goal.

8:55pm: Canada have won 4-3 in penalties advancing to the semi-final, after missing the first shot they kicked four straight and saved the final two shots from Brazil.

8:52pm: It’s a draw at the end of regulation time between Great Britain and Australia. The Sam Kerr equaliser towards the end of the second half tied up the match. They will now play an additonal 30 minutes in search of a winner.

8:50pm: Okemba scores another try and the French are in top form. 24-5 with two minutes to go

8:47pm: Cate Campbell finishes second in her 50m freestyle heat with a time of 24.15

Emma McKeon breaks yet another Olympic Record winning her heat in the 50m free finishing with a time of 24.02

8:45pm: The Matildas golden girl Sam Kerr does it. With a solid strike in the box she puts it past the Great Britain keeper.

8:44pm: The second heat of the womens 5000 metres is now complete. The Ethiopian athlete Gudaf Tsegay finished first with 14:55.74. Australian Jenny Blundell finished eleventh.

8:42pm: And it’s going to penalties in the match between Canada Brazil with neither side able to break through.

8:38pm: France answer straight back! A mistake from the Chinese opens the door and the French dutifully take advantage 7-5

8:35pm: China crosses the line to open the scoring but fail to make the conversion. The lead France 5-0

8:24pm: Cameron McEvoy finishes eighth in his heat with a time of 22.31 seconds, 0.99 behind heat winner Caeleb Dressel and misses out on qualifying for the semi-final by 0.34 seconds

8:24pm: Great Britain score again to go 2-1 up against the Matildas in the womens quater final.

8:23pm: America score their second try in a row to narrow the margin to 21-12 on the full time buzzer. The Brits were way too good and asserted their dominance early and put this game to bed before half time

8:21pm: Confirmation that Australian Matt Wearn will win gold.

8:20pm: The first heat of the women’s 5000m is now complete. The Australian Rose Davies finished 18th in a field of 19. The Dutch athlete got over the line first with a time of 14:47.89.

8:17pm: The Americans finally cross the line to add some respectability to the scoreboard. GB still has a commanding 21-7 lead with two minutes to go in the second half.

8:15pm: GB score again to make it 21-0 against the Americans. This is now a training run for the Brits, who are now running their opponents into the ground

8:14pm: Great Britain have equalised, similar to the Australian goal it was a header into the bottom corner. The Australain’s will need to lift here.

8:06pm: It’s the Men’s 50m Freestyle up first tonight Cameron McEvoy will be swimming in the 10th heat at around 8:20pm

8:04pm: Less than a minute later GB score after a dynamic move from Brown. She spun twice to evade tackles and scored one of the tries of the day! 14-0

GB score in the first minute with ease. The Americans could be in a world of hurt if their defense doesn’t dramatically improve 7-0

8:03pm: It’s gone to extra time in the Canada Brazil womens football match with scores still level at 0-0.

7:58pm: Pavlyuchenkova/Rublev have defeated the Australian pair of Peers/Barty. The Russian Olympic Committe team won in the third set tie break. The Australians will now play in the bronze medal match.

7:53pm: Djokovic denied a golden slam. Alexander Zerev is through to the final of the mens singles tennis. After dropping the first set Zerev didn’t look back and is emotional after the win. Djokovic has dominated world tennis over the last 12 months and that run is now over. Zerev will play for gold on Sunday.

7:51pm: The Aussies cross the line to make it a two point margin, but unfortunately they’ve run out of time. Fiji win 14-12

7:47pm: Australia leads Great Britain at half time of the women’s football quarter final. Alanna Kennedy scored a header in the 35th minute to put the Matildas up 1-0. 

7:45pm: Fantastic tackle in midfield to deny Fiji a clear try scoring opportunity! The score remains 14-5 with just under three minutes left in the second.

7:42pm: Pavlyuchenkova/Rublev win the second set, it’s now headed to a third set tie-break, the Russian’s third match in a row they’ve gone to three in.

7:37pm: Fiji cross the line again and have Australia on the back foot! Fiji lead 14-0. The Aussies need to strike back now.

7:36pm: The Matildas score!!! Alana Kennedy headers one into the back of the net to put the Auustralians 1-0 up.

7:35pm: In the mens individual equestrain event Australian Kevin McNab has 32.10 penalty poits to put him in 15th place in the event.

7:34pm: Fiji score first to stun the Aussies early. They lead 7-0

7:33pm: Barty/Peers have broken back, they’ll need to hold serve and break again to stay in the set.

7:23pm: Alexander Zerev breaks in the first game of the third set. He now only needs to hold serve to get into the gold medal match. Djokovic looks rattled against the German.

7:15pm: Pavlyuchenkova/Rublev (ROC) go up a break early in the second set against the Australian pair of Peers/Barty.

7:10pm: Alexander Zverev takes the second set against Novak Djokovic. The match will go to a decider with the German now having the momentum. Zverev took the second set 6-3. It was the first set that Djokovic has dropped all olympics.

7:00pm: The Matildas are underway in their match against Great Britain. Australia is looking good early.

6:58pm: Ash Barty and John Peers have taken the first set against the Russian Olympic Committe pair. They avoided a tie break by taking the final game 7-5.

6:56pm: The rugby sevens will take a break due to bad weather. Hopefully the sides will be back on the field and the Aussie girls will be out soon. A decision will be made at 7pm regarding play restarting.

6:55pm: It’s 0-0 at half time in the Women’s Football Quarter-Final match between Canada and Brazil

6:50pm: In two hours time the Australian womens water polo team will take on Spain. The team is looking to continue its winning streak.

6:48pm: Barty and Peers take a 5-4 lead into the first set, their teamwork has been incredible.

6:44pm: It’s now a procession for New Zealand, who cross the line for a fourth time to extend the lead beyond 30 points

6:40pm: Egypt cause an upset in the men’s handball group B match. They have defeated the Swedish side 27-22.

6:38pm: NZL now play it out to the left and score in the corner with consummate ease. The conversion is well short but the 17-0 scoreline already looks insurmountable

6:35pm: New Zealand are over again! This time they fail to convert but still lead 12-0

6:33pm: New Zealand cross the line first against the ROC and nail the conversion. NZL leads 7-0

6:26pm: Novak Djokovic wins the first set of the men’s singles tennis semi finals. He has dominated the first set against Alexander Zverev to win 6-1.

6:23pm: Australian Matt Wearn is in the box seat for the Men’s Laser sailing event. Barring something dramatic Wearn will go onto win gold in the gold medal race on Sunday.

6:20pm: The semi final between Barty/Peers (AUS) and Pavlychenkova/Rublev (ROC) has kicked off with the Australians winning the first game of the match.

6:18pm: The Kiwis win Bronze in the men’s doubles tennis. Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus defeat the pair from the USA Tennys Sandgren and Austin Krajicek 7-6(3), 6-2.

6:10pm: With one hour to go before kick-off, the line up for the Matildas is in.

6:07pm: Australian Annabelle Smith completes her final dive with perfection to take herself into the semi-finals.

6:01pm: MEDAL ALERT – Daniell/Venus (NZL) have won Bronze, New Zealand’s first tennis medal. It makes them just the second players from New Zealand to win a tennis medal after Anthony Wilding won Bronze at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics as a member of the Australasian team.

5:56pm: Karen Khachanov (ROC) has advanced to the Gold Medal Match of the Men’s Singles after defeating Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 6-3 6-3. He’ll play the winner of Novak Djokovic (SRB) and Alexander Zverev (GER).

5:54pm: Egypt takes in a 13-9 lead into half time of the Mens Handball group B match.

5:53pm: Esther Qin has qualified for the next round of the Women’s 3m springboard diving. Anabelle Smith is yet to have her final dive to determine if she will progress.

5:43pm: The Men’s Tennis Singles semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev is just about to get underway.

5:42pm: With one round to go in the Women’s 3m springboard preliminary, Esther Qin sits in 10th with a score of 234.40. Anabelle Smith is in 18th with a score of 215.05. Big last dive to come.

5:36pm: MEDAL ALERT – Jiri Prskavec [CZE] has won gold in the Men’s K-1 Canoe Slalom final. He finished 3.22 seconds ahead of Jakub Grigar [SVK] who won silver, while Germany’s Hannes Aigner takes home bronze. Aussie Lucien Delfour finished eighth, 10.7 seconds behind Prskavec.

5:34pm: Karen Khachanov [ROC] has defeated Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-3 in the Men’s Singles Tennis semi-final.

5:26pm: Slovakia’s Jakub Grigar eclipses German Hannes Aigner’s time in the Men’s K-1 Canoe Slalom final by 2.26 seconds, moving into first. Three riders are still to come.

5:22pm: Great Britain’s Bradley Forbes-Cryans finishes his run in the Men’s K-1 Canoe Slalom final 3.47 seconds behind the leader, pushing Aussie Lucien Delfour to fourth and eliminating him from medal contention.

5:19pm: Daniell/Venus (NZL) are up a break early in the second set leading 2-0 to the Americans Krajicek/Sandgren in the Men’s Tennis Doubles bronze medal final.

5:16pm: Lucien Delfour finishes his run in the Men’s K-1 Canoe Slalom Final 5.22 seconds behind the leader. He is currently third with five riders still to come.

5:14pm: After the third round of the Women’s 3m springboard Preliminary, Anabelle Smith sits 16th with a score of 165.55. Esther Qin is 8th with a score of 184.80.

5:11pm: Aussie Lucien Delfour’s run is up next in the Men’s K-1 Canoe Slalom final.

5:10pm: Daniell/Venus (NZL) win the first set tie-break 3-7 over Krajicek/Sandgren, they’re now one set away from New Zealand’s first medal in tennis as an NZOC team.

5:03pm: The first set of the Men’s Doubles Bronze Medal Match between the USA and New Zealand is headed to a tiebreak, with neither side able to break the other’s serve.

4:59pm: Australia’s Lucien Delfour is competing soon in the Men’s Canoe Slalom K-1 semi-final.

4:53pm: A serve from Australia’s Taliqua Clancy goes too long, giving ROC the match point in the women’s beach volleyball. ROC won the first set easily before Australia took back the second set. ROC won the third set 12-15.

4:51pm: Karen Khachanov [ROC] takes the first set in the Men’s Singles Tennis semi-final against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta. Khachanov won the set 6-3.

4:50pm: ROC on match point in women’s beach volleyball against Australia, 12-14. Both sides won one set each

4:49pm: Esther Qin is in 11th after two dives with a score of 121.80, while Anabelle Smith has dropped to 13th with 119.05.

4:44pm: There’s not a lot separating Krajicek/Sandgren (USA) and Daniell/Venus (NZL) in this first set of the Men’s Doubles Bronze Medal match, with both pairs holding their serve comfortably, currently 4-4 in the first.

4:35pm: Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy take the second set against the ROC’s Nadezda Makroguzova and Svetlana Kholomina, 21-15.

4:32pm: Karen Khachanov [ROC] takes an early lead in his semi-final of the men’s singles tennis against Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta. He solidifies the advantage to lead 4-2 in the first.

4:28pm: Australia’s Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy lead the second set in the women’s beach volleyball, 11-10.

4:26pm: MEDAL ALERT – Zhu Xueying wins gold in the Trampoline! Scoring a 56.635 she just edges out teammate Liu Lingling who had a 56.350, rounding out the podium is Bryony Page with a 55.735.

4:25pm: Aussies Esther Qin and Anabelle Smith have scored 66.00 and 63.55 respectively in the first round of the women’s three metre springboard preliminary. They sit in equal fifth and seventh, with the top 18 of a 27 athlete field progressing after five rounds.

4:15pm: The ROC’s pairing of Nadezda Makroguzova and Svetlana Kholomina take the first set of the Women’s Beach Volleyball 21-8 against Australia’s Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy.

4:08pm: The USA has cruised to an 86-69 win over Japan in the Women’s Basketball. A’Ja Wilson accumulated 20 points and ten rebounds for Team USA, while Breanna Stewart collected 15 and 13.

4:02pm: An absolute bloodbath in the Women’s Water Polo Group A match between South Africa and the Netherlands, with the Netherlands running out 33-1 winners. Just one player on the squad (excluding the goalkeeper) didn’t score for the winning side, with Maartje Keuning scoring six times while two other players each scored five goals.

It is now the biggest winning margin in women’s water polo at the Olympic Games, surpassing a 29-4 win to Spain six days ago, which in itself eclipsed the previous record that was the USA’s 25-4 win hours earlier on the same day.

3:59pm: Australia’s women’s beach volleyball pair of Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy are about to get underway in their final preliminary Pool E match against the ROC. The duo is 2-0 so far at Tokyo 2020.

3:58pm: Canada and South Africa have played out a draw in Pool B of the Men’s Hockey, meaning neither country will qualify for the quarter-finals. South Africa edged ahead with two minutes left in the game to go 3-4 up, but Canada equalised a mere 20 seconds later to all but end South Africa’s Olympic campaign.

3:57pm: The Women’s 3m Springboard is about to get underway, with Annabelle Smith looking to defend her bronze medal from Rio 2016, and Esther Qin also competing for Australia

3:56pm: Lucien Delfour qualifies for the K-1 Canoe Slalom final with a time of 97.53.

3:54pm: Aussie Hana Basic might have missed out on qualification for the Women’s 100m semi-finals, but she’s still grateful to be at the Tokyo 2020 games.

3:52pm: MEDAL ALERT – Vitalina Batsarashkina of the ROC has won gold in the women’s shooting 25m Pistol event after a shoot-off against Kim Minjung of the Republic of Korea, who would win silver. Batsarashkina and Minjung were tied on 38 points after the contest, however the ROC member won the shoot-off 4-1. Xiao Jiaruixuan of China won bronze.

3:50pm: Aussie Lucien Delfour is up next in the semi-final of the Men’s Canoe Slalom Kayak.

3:48pm: South Africa is on the board in the women’s water polo Group A match against the Netherlands, scoring with 44 seconds remaining in the third quarter. The score heading into the final quarter sees the Netherlands up 25-1.

3:47pm: A relatively low-scoring quarter sees the USA take a 65-53 lead into three-quarter time against Japan.

3:39pm: China’s Liu Lingling and Zhu Xueying emerge as the top two out of the Women’s Trampoline Qualification, Bryony Page sits in third whilst two time Olympic Gold Medallist Rosie Maclennan sits in fourth, the top eight have qualified through to the final whilst Australian Jess Pickering has failed to advance as has 2019 World Champion Hikaru Mori.

3:33pm: The Netherlands have more than doubled their quarter-time lead at halftime against South Africa in the Women’s Water Polo, up 16-0. Maartje Keuning has four goals while three players have scored three times also.

3:31pm: Mara Stransky (AUS) has finished first in Race 10 of the Women’s Laser Radial. She has finished 14th overall, so she will unfortunately miss the medal race.

3:26pm: Golf begins again after a weather delay. Carlos Ortiz leads the group nine under par. Australian Cameron Smith is tied in fifth, six under par.

3:18pm: Navneet Kaur is the match-winner for India in its women’s hockey match against Ireland. The 1-0 win keeps the team in touch of qualifying past the group stages.

3:18pm: The Netherlands have continued their first-quarter form in the Women’s Group A Water Polo contest against South Africa, adding another three goals in two and a half minutes to lead 10-0 in the second quarter.

3:15pm: India has broken the deadlock in its women’s Pool A hockey match against Ireland, scoring a goal to lead 1-0 with 3:14 left in the game. An Indian win would keep its top-four qualification chances alive as tense moments in the final three minutes begin.

3:15pm: The USA takes a 49-40 lead into half time in the Women’s Basketball against Japan.

3:14pm: The first quarter of Women’s Group A Water Polo has ended and it couldn’t have come sooner for South Africa, as the Netherlands put the ball in the back of the net seven times within the first 10 minutes.

3:06pm: The Netherlands are starting strongly, completely outplaying their opponents and already 5-0 up halfway though the first quarter of the women’s Group A water polo game against South Africa. Maud Megens and Maartje Keuning each have two goals.

3:05pm: Jessica Pickering bails out of the voluntary skills routine after three skills, scoring a 16.350 with a combined score of 34.190. She will not advance to the final.

3:02pm: Scores are still tied at 2-all at half time between Canada and South Africa. It will be Canada’s last match of its Tokyo 2020 campaign, while South Africa is aiming to jump back into the mix for quarter-final qualification.

2:59pm: The score is still tied at 0-0 between Ireland and India in women’s Pool A hockey, as India creates plenty of opportunities once again though unable to find the back of the net.

2:57pm: Australian Lucien Delfour will be the 18th racer in the men’s canoe slalom kayak semi-final due to begin shortly.

2:57pm: South Africa will hope for its first win in Group A women’s water polo, coming up against the Netherlands who has one win from two games. Australia leads the group with a 2-0 record.

2:56pm: Japan hits the front on the stroke of quarter time in the Women’s Basketball against the USA, leading 30-28.

2:48pm: It’s 2-all part way through the second quarter of the Men’s Hockey between Canada and South Africa, Canada just denied a potential third goal after an umpire review.

2:43pm: The Dominican Republic has scored the first run of its opening-round baseball game against Mexico to lead 1-0 at the bottom of the fifth inning. A two-out RBI single to left field from Melky Cabrera ensured enough room for Charlie Valerio to score from second.

2:41pm: Two teams undefeated so far at Tokyo 2020, the USA and Japan, are about to take to the floor in the Women’s Group B Basketball.

2:40pm: After losing the first set against the USA, Brazil has won the next three to claim a 30-32, 25-23, 25-21, 25-20, four-set win in Pool B men’s volleyball. Brazil now sits second in the pool with a 3-1 record with one game remaining.

2:36pm: At half time in the Women’s Pool A hockey, Ireland and India are tied at 0-0. India has been the more attacking presence however hasn’t been able to manage a score as yet.

2:31pm: Overall leader Ann-Marie Rindom (DEN) has been disqualified from Race 10 of the Women’s Laser Radial, opening up the medal race.

2:27pm: The Dominican Republic believed the first run, via a home run, of its opening round baseball game against Mexico had been scored with a Jose Bautista hit ruled to have gone foul, just to the foul side of the home run pole. After a video review confirmed the call, Bautista flew out before consecutive strikeouts saw the score remain 0-0 heading into the fifth inning.

2:24pm: New Zealand wins the final group game of the women’s rugby sevens against the ROC, 33-0, to finish first in Pool A. New Zealand finishes the group stages as the top seed ahead of the knockout round and will again play the ROC in the quarterfinals tonight.

2:20pm: New Zealand scores a try to extend its lead against the ROC in the women’s rugby sevens, leading 33-0 with 1:45 remaining.

2:19pm: The Australian Olympic Team has provided an update on Saya Sakakibara, who crashed and was unable to finish her BMX racing semi-final.

2:17pm: New Zealand has started strongly in the second half of its women’s rugby sevens match against the ROC, continuing to score heavily. New Zealand currently leads 28-0 with just over three minutes remaining in the game.

2:16pm: In the Trampoline Gymnastics, Australian Jess Pickering has scored a 17.840.

2:15pm: Australia’s Mara Stransky finishes third in the Laser Radial Women’s sailing, earning three race points.

2:13pm: The men’s Group B Hockey match between Canada and South Africa is about to get underway.

2:12pm: Aidan Walsh of Ireland joins Brit Pat McCormack as a guaranteed medalist in the men’s Welterweight boxing competition

2:11pm: New Zealand takes a 14-0 lead against the ROC into half time of the final women’s rugby sevens group match of Tokyo 2020. New Zealand needs to win to maintain a top-two spot, currently in second with the ROC trailing in third.

2:10pm: The USA took the first set of Men’s Volleyball Pool A action, however it’s Brazil, after winning the next two sets, leading two sets to one as the fourth set begins.

2:09pm: Hana Basic has missed out on the semi-finals of the Women’s 100m, missing qualification by just 0.03 seconds.

2:07pm: Hana Basic has run fifth in her heat of the Women’s 100m with a time of 11.32 which is unlikely to be good enough to qualify.

That’s the last of the Athletics events for the morning session, and the evening session will commence this evening.

1:59pm: Lovely words from Kai Sakakibara to his sister Saya.

1:57pm: Matthew Denny has recorded the furthest distance an Aussie discus competitor has ever thrown, reaching 65.13m in his qualifier! He is now into the final.


UPDATE: Saya Sakakibara is up and walking around and appears fine. She tells Channel 7 ” [I’m] definitely confused, I don’t really know what happened. I was riding really well and I just came down with Alise…I feel like I let everyone down, especially my brother.” You haven’t let anyone down, Saya!

State of Play: Due to the weather, Play has been temporarily suspended in both the Rugby Sevens and the Golf.

There is only one game of the group stages remaining, between New Zealand and the ROC before the matches that determine placings later this evening.

1:45pm: Medal Alert: Bethany Shriever of Great Britain wins gold in the women’s BMX Racing final with a time of 44.358. The defending champion from Colombia, Mariana Pajon claimed silver, and Merel Smulders of the Netherlands got bronze. Australian Lauren Reynolds placed fifth.

1:44pm: MEDAL ALERT Japan has won badminton bronze in the mixed doubles with Watanabe Yuta and Higashino Arisa winning in two sets (21-17, 23-21) against Hong Kong.

1:43pm: Aussie sailor Mara Stransky is sitting second after the first leg of her race.

1:37pm: Medal Alert: The Netherlands Niek Kinnman has won Gold in the Men’s BMX Cycling, just days after suffering a fracture in his knee. Great Britain’s Kye White finished in Silver and Columbia’s Carlos Ramirez gets Bronze

1:36pm: Full Time in the Hockey and tt finishes all square with Spain equalising in the final minute against the Kookaburra’s to all but seal a quarter-final spot.

UPDATE: Saya Sakakibara:

ICYMI: Tatijana Schoenmaker won South Africa’s first Gold Medal of Tokyo 2020, winning the 200m Breastroke and breaking the World Record.

1:17pm: Australian Lauren Reynolds has qualified for the Women’s BMX Final coming up shortly.

1:14pm: More drama at the BMX track with another heavy crash involving Australia’s Saya Sakakibara. She was leading and collided with Willoughby. Lots of attendants and stewards around her, fingers crossed she is ok.

ICYMI: Emma McKeon won Gold in the Women’s 100m Freestyle, winning Australia’s 9th Gold of their Tokyo 2020 campaign

1:07pm: Defending champion Connor Fields has been taken away from the Ariake Urban Sports Park in an ambulance after crashing in the Mens’ BMX Cycling Semi-Final. fingers crossed he is ok.

1:05pm: Australia is holding onto their slender lead at three-quarter-time over Spain, leading 1-0 with a quarter to play.

Team Announced: The Aussie Stingers are back in Water-Polo action tonight against Spain, Here is how they will line up

12:55pm: Australian pair Saya Sakakibara and Lauren Reynolds both in a great spot to qualify for the BMX final with one race in the semifinals to go. Top 4 in each semi go through. Saya in 2nd and Lauren in equal 3rd.

12:52pm: Cameron Smith is pushing his way up the leaderboard, -5 for the day after 13 holes which has him -5 overall. Marc Leishman remains +1 for the day after 4, even par overall.
It’s been a fast start for Mexican Carlos Ortiz, who is incredibly -4 after 6 holes and in the lead by two shots at -10.

12:51pm: Kaylee McKeown has finished second in the second semi-final of the 200m Backstroke with a time of 2:07.93, fractionally behind Canadian Kylie Masse. Both Aussies qualify for the final tomorrow morning, Seebohm in first and McKeown in fifth.

12:42pm: Things are warming up on the Athletics track

12:40pm: Great Swim from Emily Seebohm in the Women’s 200m Backstroke Semi-Final, finishing first and progressing through to tomorrow’s final.

12:38pm: Australia’s Saya Sakakibara is getting it done on the BMX trap

12:35pm: The Kookaburra’s are on the board against Spain. They lead 1-0 approaching Half time.

12:22pm: Medal Alert: More gold for China with Wang Shun winning the Men’s 200m Individual Medley. Great Britain’s Duncan Scott finished in Silver and Jeremy Desplanche from Switzerland claimed the Bronze

12:19pm: Cameron Smith sinks another birdie and he is -4 for the day, which has him -4 overall and in 10th place. Marc Leishman hasn’t had as a good a start to his day, +1 thru two holes for even par overall. Alex Noren [SWE] has taken over the lead, -4 for the day and -8 overall.

12:15pm: Aussie Maksin Nedaskau is now up in the High Jump Qualifying in Group B

12:12pm: After their first of three runs in the BMX Racing Heats, Saya Sakakibara finished fifth (Heat 1) after leading in parts of the race. Lauren Reynolds finished seventh (Heat 2).

12:05pm: Medal Alert: GOLD FOR AUSTRALIA!

Emma McKeon betters her own Olympic Record, with a swim time of 51.96 bringing home an individual Gold Medal. Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey won silver and Australia’s Cate Campbell won bronze.

It’s McKeon’s 8th Olympic Medal and 4th Medal at Tokyo 2020

11:58pm: Medal Alert: The Finals keep on coming as ROC’s Evgeny Rylov wins the 200m Backstroke Final with a new Olympic record with a time of 1:53.27! Ryan Murphy (USA) and Luke Greenbank (GBR) finish with silver and bronze respectively.


11:54pm: Australia has fallen to the USA in a shock loss in their final 7s match of Group C, 14-12. It means the defending champions finish second in their group and will play second place from Group B in the quarters (Fiji).

11:52am: The USA has taken the lead against the Aussies at 14-12 after an Abby Gustaitis try and Nicole Heavirland conversion.

11:46am: Medal and WORLD RECORD Alert: What a week for Tatjana Schoenmaker, after breaking the Olympic record in the heats, she has gone on to claim the Gold Medal and break the world record in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke in 2:18.95!. Schoenmaker edged out American Lily King who claimed Silver

11:43am: Australia leads the USA 7-0 at halftime in their Rugby Sevens Pool C match

11:41am: Australian Matthew Temple has qualified 6th fastest for the Men’s 100m Butterfly tomorrow. United States Caleab Dressel qualified fastest, breaking his own Olympic record

11:38am: Belgium is up 43-24 against Puerto Rico in Women’s Group C basketball.

11:36am: Cameron Smith is currently -3 after eight holes, leader is now Jazz Janewattananond [THA] -8 thru 10 holes.
Austrian Sepp Straka (yesterday’s leader) +2 today, currently =4 on the leaderboard.

11:31am: Medal Alert: What a morning for New Zealand, they complete the final day of Rowing with 3 medals with the Men’s 8 claiming Gold in a hotly contested race. New Zealand has never won a boat class before now. Germany and Great Britain finish for silver and bronze with just .13 seconds between them. Australia was in sixth place throughout every checkpoint of the entire race eventually finishing with a time of 5:36.23.

11:29am: Brandon Starc hasn’t cleared the 2.25m High Jump though will get another shot shortly.

11:27am: Women’s 800m heats are set to commence shortly with Morgan Mitchell (heat 1) and Catriona Bisset (heat 5) on the track for the Australians

11:26am: Matthew Denny has finished third in Men’s Discus Group A qualification with a throw measured at 65.13m just .87m from the qualifying performance of 66.00m however, currently sitting third, he’s in a good position to progress.

Competition now not set to commence until at least 12pm AEST between the Kookaburras and Spain

11:17am: Further delays in the men’s hockey match between Australia and Spain as officials are still mopping up water off the court (with big sponges, not a joke). A new start time announcement is expected shortly.

11:11am: Medal Alert: Canada has won the Gold Medal in the Women’s eight Rowing in emphatic fashion leading from start to finish. New Zealand claimed Silver, China got the Bronze. Australia just finished back in 5th after being in the Silver medal position at the halfway mark

11:08 pm: Medal Alert – Women’s single sculls. It’s a Gold Medal for New Zealand

11:07pm: Brandon Starc has cleared the next High Jump level of 2.21m, continuing to progress strongly in the competition.

11:04am: The inclement weather has also delayed the BMX Cycling Semi-Finals

11:00am: The Kookaburra’s match with Spain has been delayed due to inclement weather.

10:52am: France has defeated Canada 31-0 to secure top spot in Group B and progress to the Quarterfinals

10:50pm: Australian Ed Trippas is on in heat 2 of the men’s 3000m Steeplechase. He was a late qualifier and addition to the Olympic Team

10:43pm: Australian Cameron Smith moves to -3 after five holes, a great start for the Australian this morning. Fellow Aussie Marc Leishman is scheduled to tee off at 11:36am.

10:41am: The Men’s 3000m Steeplechase heats are underway

10:33am: Australian Brandon Starc has cleared the first attempt of 2.17m in the men’s High Jump qualification group.

10:27am: Fiji has delivered a 41-5 win to open the third session of women’s Rugby Sevens. Fiji finishes the group stages atop Pool B. Next up is Canada and France.

10:25am: Confirmation from the AOC that Boomer’s Aron Baynes Tokyo campaign is over.

“I am really disappointed that I can’t continue in the Olympics,” said Baynes. “I along with the rest of the team have been working so hard in our quest for a historic Olympic medal and I am gutted that I can’t complete the journey with the boys, but I have every confidence that they will get the job done”.

10:09am: The Athletics is underway at the Olympic Stadium with the Women’s 100m sprint heats and Australian high-jumper Brandon Starc is out for his preliminary jumping session

9:59am: Some big news coming from Australian Boomers camp with reports Aron Baynes has been ruled out of the remainder of the Olympic campaign after sustaining a neck injury in Tuesday’s win over Italy.

9:56 am: Women’s Rugby Sevens pool action is about to get underway for day 2 of competition at Tokyo Stadium. Fiji and Brazil will kick off proceedings for their final Pool B clash

9:41am: 2 birdies in succession from Cam Smith to start his second round, he moves to -2 after 2 holes. Marc Leishman is set to begin his second round soon

8:30am: Round 2 has teed-off at the Kasumigaseki Country Club. Aussies Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith are in a fight to chase Austrian leader Sepp Straka

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