Stinger Day 1 Tokyo 2020

The Stingers are in action against Canada on Day 1 of Tokyo 2020.

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As Day 1 kicks off, we keep you up to date with all the Olympics action happening now. For all your Tokyo 2020 coverage, stay tuned to The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and the Olympics Central.

Welcome to our live blog of 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, and our video segment, Five Rings in Five Minutes.

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

12:15am: That is all for Day 1, we will have more tomorrow. Recap the day’s events here.

12:13am: In the end, the No 1 ranked Norwegians get it done, winning the deciding set 15-13 in a thriller on the sand.

12:09am: We’re going point for point here in the deciding set. 10 all.

11:57pm: The Beach Volleyball is going the distance! The Australian pair McHugh and Schumann level it up against the world number one pairing, winning the second set 21-18

The deciding set is first to 15 points. Must win by 2.

11:50pm: Coming to the end of competition on Day 1, it is China out in front of the Gold Medal tally, with 3 Golds on the opening day


11:35pm: After it being neck a neck for the majority of the first set, Anders Mol thumps it into the back of the court to claim the first set 21-18 for the Norweigan pair.

11:30pm: Earlier tonight, the USA responded to their disappointing loss to Sweden on Wednesday night with a 6-1 win against New Zealand.

It sets up a big clash with Australia on Tuesday night.

11:22pm: It is tight early in the first set as both pairs trade the lead.

11:10pm: The Aussies hit the beach! The Australian pairing of Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann are taking on the world number 1 Norweigan pairing Christian Sorum and Anders Mol.

This is the first time since Beijing 2008 that Australian male beach volleyballers have hit the sand at the Olympic Games.

11:02pm: Men’s Gymnastics: Australian Tyson Bull has defied expectations following three sessions of qualifying today, finishing in 7th in the High Bar and advancing to the final.

Coming up soon: Norway and Australia will hit the beach in Men’s Beach Volleyball action

10:38pm: Australian Jian Fang Lay is through to the second round of the Women’s Table Tennis singles with a 4-1 win over Italy’s Debora Vivarelli. Australian David Powell was also victorious in the Men’s singles with a four set win over Czech Republic’s Pavel Sirucek.

10:26pm: It’s over as quickly as it began. It’s a third consecutive Fencing Gold Medal for Hungary’s Aron Szilagyi.

10:15pm: Medal Alert. The Gold Medal bout in the Men’s Sabre individual is about to begin with double Olympic champion Hungarian Aron Szilagyi taking on Italian Luigi Samelle.

10:10pm: Australia is poised to maintain the stranglehold on the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay, qualifying fastest for the final more than 2 seconds quicker than the Netherlands and the rest of the field with a time of 3.31.71.

10:05pm: Medal Alert. More Gold for China on Day 1! This time in the Women’s Epee Individual with Sun Yeiwen defeating Romania’s Ana Maria Popescu 11-10.

9:57pm: British champion Breaststroker Adam Peaty has made his presence felt for the first time this Tokyo 2020 games. Storming home to qualify fastest in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke, qualifying fastest for tomorrow’s final with a time of 57.56.

9:42 pm: South Korea’s Kin Junghwun has claimed back to back bronze medals in the Fencing, defeating Georgia’s Sandoro Bazadze in the Bronze Medal bout in the Sabre Individual.

9:30pm: Earlier today, Sweden defeated The Matildas 4-2 in their Women’s Football Group G clash at Saitama. Catch up on how the entertaining match unfolded here.

9:15 pm: Australian pair Elijah Winnington and Jack McLoughlin have both qualified for the Men’s 400m Freestyle Final, with a dead heat to win their heat.

8:55pm: Japan wins it’s first home Gold Medal in the Judo with Naohisa Takato beating Chinese Taipei’s Yung Wei Yang in the Men’s -60kg. France’s Luka Mkheidze won the Bronze over the Republic of Korea’s Won Jin Kim.

Japan also picked up a silver in the Women’s -48kg event with Kosovo’s Distria Krasniqi beating Funa Tonaki in the Gold Medal bout. Urantsetseg Munkhbat of Mongolia took out the Bronze over Portugal’s Catarina Costa.

8:47pm: The first of five Men’s 400m Freestyle is now underway. Once again you won’t see the Australian’s until heat five with Elijah Winnington and Jack McLoughlin in lane’s four and five.

8:44pm: Emma McKeon and Zhang Yufei finish in a dead heat in the 100m Butterfly with times of 55.82 seconds. The pair qualified in first together through to the semi-finals. Brianna Throssell qualified to the semi-final after finishing in fifth in the heat with a time of 58.08.

8:30pm: now time for the Women’s 100m Butterfly It’s now time for the Women’s 100m Butterfly, Emma McKeon and Brianna Throssell will step up to the block in the fifth heat.

8:29pm: Australia’s Brendon Smith wins the fourth heat in the 400m IM, advancing to the final with a time of 4:09.27 setting an Oceanic Record, the fastest qualifier for the final.

8:27pm: Sweden defeats the Matildas 4-2, with the Australians unable to capitalise and fight their way back into the match.

8:15pm: Se-Bom Lee finishes in second in heat two of the 400m IM. After giving up a lead in the breaststroke leg to Spain’s Joan Pons Ramon.

8:10pm: And we’re off, the first Aussie in the pool is Australia’s Se-Bom Lee who has started his heat in the 400m IM with a strong lead.

8:09pm: After starting on the bench today Stina Blackstenius gets her third goal for Tokyo 2020 bringing Sweden’s lead over the Matilda’s to 4-2.

8:05pm: The Swimming is underway at Tokyo 2020, starting with the Men’s 400m Individual Medley.

8:03pm: The Men’s Individual Sabre semi-finals are underway, with Georgia’s Sandro Bazadze facing two time Olympic Gold Medallist Hungary’s Aron Szilagyi. Following that match, Korea’s Junghwan Kim takes on Luigi Samele.

7:59pm: Korea’s Lee and Shin dominate the first game, winning 21-9 over Australia’s Somerville and Mapasa needing just one more to clinch the match.

7:57pm: Lindahl denies Sam Kerr a hatrick, keeping Sweden 3-2 up.

7:56pm: Penalty for the Matildas, following a VAR ruling.

7:51pm: Sweden’s Fridolina Rolfo put’s away her second goal of the match, putting Sweden ahead 3-2.

Romania’s Ana Maria Popescu has won her Women’s Individual Epee semi-final 15-11 over Estonia’s Katrina Lehis. Popescu will play China’s Sun Yiwen in the Gold Medal bout at 9:45pm. While Lehis will fight for Bronze against the Russian Olympic Committees Aizanat Murtazeva at 8:50pm this evening.

7:50pm: Spain is off to a commanding 14-3 lead over South Africa in the women’s Water Polo, piling on goals with still a half to play.

In the Men’s Hockey, Great Britain and South Africa are level in the first quarter with a goal apiece.

The China v Zambia Women’s football match is once again level at 4-4 with Zambia’s Barba Banda scoring her second hatrick of the Olympics.

7:40pm: Sweden equalised with a ball into Jakobsson, bringing the scores to 2-2.

Australia’s Gronya Somerville returns for her second match of the day, this time in the women’s doubles alongside Setyana Mapasa, the pair play the Republic of Korea’s Sohee Lee and Seungchan Shin.

7:35pm: It’s Sam Kerr header for a second time tonight! Just two minutes into the second half, putting a Foord cross away from close range.

7:33pm: And we’re back for the second half of the Matildas v Sweden, a win today for either side will secure a place in the quarter-finals.

7:30pm: China’s Sun Yiwen is the first to qualify in the Women’s Individual Epee Gold Medal final after beating Aizanat Murtazaeva 12-8. Yiwen will play the winner of Estonia’s Katrina Lehis and Romania’s Ana Maria Popescu’s match.

Japan’s Naohisa Takato is through to the Men’s -60kg Judo final after beating Kazhakstan’s Yeldos Smetov in Golden Score.

7:19pm: It’s halftime at Saitama Stadium with the scores level after the Matilda’s were denied a penalty chance minutes ago.

7:10pm: The semi-finals for the Women’s Individual Epee are underway as China’s Yiwen Sun narrowly leads over the Russian Olympic Committee’s Aizanat Murtazaeva.

7:06pm: Sam Kerr does it again! Kyah Simon’s cross was perfect for Kerr to get her head on it and bring the score level at 1-1.

6:55pm: Around the grounds in the Women’s football, Canada leads Chile 2-1 midway through the second half, while China has a 3-2 lead over Zambia at halftime in what is looking like another high scoring match for Group F.

6:51pm: Sweden score! Jakobsson crossing the ball into Rolfo who gets the ball past Teagan Micah.

6:49pm: Mary Hanna finishes with a total percentage score of 67.981 leaving the Australians with 2189.0 points after one rider.

6:45pm: Richie Porte was the top Australian in the Road Race finishing in 48th, 10:02 behind Carapaz. Hamilton and Durbridge finished together in 71st and 72nd respectively 16:08 minutes after the Gold Medalist

6:37pm: Australia’s Mary Hanna is now on course riding Calanta in the Equestrian – Grand Prix Qualifiers. 66-year-old Hanna is at her sixth Olympics the most of any Australian woman.

6:30pm: And we’re off the Matildas match against Sweden has kicked off.

6:26pm: CARAPAZ HAS WON GOLD, with a brilliant solo win. He’s the first Ecuadorean to win an Olympic medal for cycling. It will be gold after he finished third in the Tour de France a week ago.

Rounding out the podium was Wout Van Aert with the silver and Pogacar took the bronze in a dramatic photo finish between the pair.

6:23pm: Ecuadorean Richard Carapaz has a lead over the rest of the bunch with less than 3km to go. He’s a strong chance to stay away and steal gold in the Men’s Road Race

6:20pm: The Matildas second match is just 10 minutes away with the Australians looking to take down the 2016 Silver Medalists Sweden.

6:18pm: With 7km to go, Richard Catalan and Brandon McNulty lead Wout Van Aert’s group by 16 seconds. They’re approaching the final Fuji Speedway lap

6:13pm: China is on the scoreboard early against Zambia in the Women’s Football, with Shuang Wang putting one away in the sixth minute.

6:01pm: The Republic of Korea takes out the inaugural Archery Mixed Team Gold Medal, winning 5 points to 3, with both teams shooting 39 points in the final set.

6:00pm: Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) is ahead of the 12 rider bunch. Everyone is watching Wout Van Aert (BEL), who is the favourite if this bunch makes it to the finish in 25km time

5:57pm: The mixed team archery final is going down to the wire, with the Republic of Korea leading the Netherlands 2-1 as they shoot for gold.

5:48pm: The lineups for the Matildas and Sweden have been released.

5:40pm: Australia’s Tyson Bull returned in the final rotation of the second session on the parallel bars earning a score of 13.566.

In the road race, Michael Woods (CAN), Brendan McNulty (USA) and Tadej Pogacar (SVL) have attacked, and have a gap on the rest of the peloton. This could be the winning move. Richie Porte will be too far back to medal.

5:34pm: Ovidiu Lonescu (ROU) has defeated Xin Yan (AUS) 4-1 (11-7, 13-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6) in the first round of the men’s singles table tennis. It was a stirring performance from the Aussie who played exceptionally, but the Romanian proves too strong.

5:30pm: THE STINGERS WIN! A superb performance in the water for Australia’s women’s water polo side sees them swim away with an 8-5 victory in their first game at Tokyo 2020. Bronte Halligan was terrific for the Aussies. Stay tuned for our full match report!

The peloton is now on the final climb, with a small bunch left, and just 38km to go – all the action is still ahead, but Aussie Richie Porte is still in the front group. Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic – the Slovenian duo – and Belgian Wout Van Aert will be the ones to watch as the road cycling reaches its crescendo.

5:25pm: A tense finish awaits Australia’s women’s water polo side the Stingers. They lead 7-5 as Canada makes a late charge with 2:38 left on the clock in the fourth!

5:20pm: The third gold medal of Tokyo 2020 has been decided! Javad Foroughi of Iran has claimed gold in the men’s 10m air pistol men’s final. It is Foroughi’s debut Olympic Games.

In the road cycling, the peloton is closing in on the breakaway, as the attacks and counterattacks have started. Expect the fireworks to kick off soon with just on 40km left

5:15pm: The Stingers hold onto a 7-4 lead at the end of the third period. Bronte Halligan has been superb with three goals for Australia – last period to come!

5:00pm: Aussie Michelle Bromley loses her first round table tennis match 4-0 (11-7 in the final set). Poland’s Natalia Partyka advances.

The leading group in the road cycling is now just two minutes down the road from the peloton. There are 55km to go with Richie Porte and his two Australian teammates travelling strongly still.

4:55pm: The Stingers lead 5-3 at half-time after a penalty was awarded to Canada and they duly converted before Australia scored on the brink of half-time. Stay tuned for the second half!

The Matildas are just over an hour-and-a-half away from their second group stage match against Sweden. Both sides head in with a victory under their belt already in Group G.

4:46pm: The Stingers score twice in the early stages of the second period! They now lead Canada 3-1.

4:45pm: China’s Zhihui Hou claims gold in the women’s 49kg weightlifting with an Olympic Record. The podium is rounded out by India’s Chanu Saikhom Mirabai and Indonesia’s Windy Cantika Aisah.

4:39pm: Canada responds to the Stingers, evening the ledger 1-1 as we near the end of the first period.

4:37pm: Aussie Michelle Bromley trails Natalia Partyka [POL] 2-0 in the first round of the women’s table tennis singles.

4:33pm: The Stingers make the perfect start in the water polo against Canada! Bronte Halligan scores just a minute and 30 seconds into the contest.

4:30pm: China’s Zhihui Hou has set another Olympic Record with 116kg in the clean and jerk women’s 49kg weightlifting!

4:20pm: Dan Repacholi has finished 30th in the men’s 10m Air Pistol qualification round with a score of 568. He is a five-time Olympian, and will be back for the Mixed 10m Air Pistol Teams on Tuesday with Dina Aspandiyarova.

Richie Porte is looking strong at the front of the peloton during its ascent up Mount Fuji in the road cycling. Riders are beginning to drop off the back of the peloton in the steep climb, but Australia and Belgium are riding strongly. The leading pack’s advantage has now been closed to just over five minutes with 89km to ride.

Australia’s women’s water polo side the Stingers will begin their campaign in 10 minutes time! The team has been set as they come up against Canada in their first match.

4:10pm: Returning to his fourth Olympics, three-time gold medallist Japan’s Kohei Uchimura’s mid-routine fall on the horizontal bar caused a heavy deduction to score a 13.866.

4:00pm: Australia is through to the tennis women’s doubles round of 16! Ash Barty and Storm Sanders breeze through Japanese pair Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya 6-1 6-2.

Medal Event – China’s Zhihui Hou has set an Olympic Record with 94kg in the snatch women’s 49kg weightlifting. The clean and jerk is being competed currently, with the total of the two deciding the medals.

3:55pm: Tyson Bull has scored a 14.433 in his first routine – in a tough field he may not progress to the horizontal bar final, but will compete in the parallel bars later as well.

3:45pm: Aussie Tyson Bull is competing in the artistic gymnastics now – scores to follow.

3:35pm: Ash Barty and Storm Sanders have closed out the first set 6-1 in a brilliant team display for Australia in the tennis women’s doubles round of 32.

3:30pm: The gap between the peloton and leading group has closed to under 14 minutes with 108km to go. The Australian has been driving the peloton forward on their descent. Mount Fuji climb is still to come!

3:15pm: The Aussie duo are off to a brilliant start, breaking the Japanese serve before Barty coolly solidifies the break by holding. Australia leads 2-0 in the first set.

3:10pm: Australian darling and world number one Ash Barty is about to make her Olympics debut with friend and teammate Storm Sanders in the tennis women’s doubles. They take on Japanese pair Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya in the round of 32.

2:50pm: Medal Event – The women’s 49kg weightlifting is set to begin shortly. China’s Zhihui Hou holds the world record set in April 2021, and will be out to claim Gold.

In the road cycling the gap between the leaders and peloton is 16 minutes, with a tick under 140km left to ride. The Australian Cycling Team is in the chasing pack.

2:40pm: Stosur bows out of the women’s singles tennis in straight sets 4-6 2-6 to Rybakina. She fought superbly throughout the match in soaring temperatures, just unable to convert on crucial points at times. Stosur is still competing in the doubles so her Tokyo campaign isn’t over!

Catch up with the action from the Aussie Spirit as they went down to Canada earlier today.

Tokyo 2020 Recap: Softball – Australia v Canada

2:15pm: Aussie Sam Stosur – in her fifth Olympic Games – is currently down a set to Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina. The veteran is fighting in the second, on serve early on.

Aussie Safwan Khalil has been defeated in the Taekwondo round of 16 by a score of 23-7. Ramnarong Sawekwiharee progresses to the quarter-finals. Khalil can progress through to repechage if Sawekwiharee can win through to the finals.

2:00pm: After an incredible comeback in the first set, Aussie Badminton pair Lueng and Somerville have gone down in three sets of terrific action to Indonesia. They lost the final set 21-13.

Richie Porte and the Australian Cycling Team remain in the peloton as it slowly begins to pick up the pace to the leaders with 168km to go in the road cycling.

1:45pm: The Women’s Eight also finished last in their heat, and both the Men’s and the Women’s will have to fight through the repechage to make the final.

Lueng and Somerville lost the second set 21-17, and will now play off in the third against the Indonesian team in the Badminton Mixed Doubles.

John Millman has successfully served out his match and has won 6-3, 6-4, and will progress to the second round.

The peloton now trails by over 16 minutes in the men’s road race, and will need to make that time up on the climbs.

1:30pm: Olympics happening now. The Australian Team of Somerville and Leung have taken the first set 22-20, with a run of seven consecutive points to take the set. They lead 10-7 in the second.

Millman has been broken back and it’s 3-3 in the second set, after Millman took the first.

In the Men’s Road Race, the breakaway of eight riders now has an almost 10 minute gap, but there are no signs of panic in the peloton.

1:15pm: The Women’s Eight will be coming up soon, and Australia are considered a strong chance.

In the Badminton, Australia’s Mixed Doubles Team of Gronya Somerville and Simon Leung are facing off against Indonesia, and we will keep you updated on that match too.

John Millman has been broken back, and the scores are level at 2-2 in the second set.

1:10pm: The Aussie Spirit have gone down to Canada 7-1, with Stacey Porter the final out.

John Millman has broken Musetti and leads 2-1 in the second set, and will be hoping to close out the match.

The pace has picked up in the Men’s Road Race, but the breakaway still has a sizable lead.

1:00pm: The Aussie Spirit have saved their chances of a win for now, with a double play to end the sixth innings and prevent the mercy rule.

The Men’s Eight has been brought up to today and the Aussie Men have finished last in their heat. They weren’t able to keep up with the crews from Germany and the USA.

John Millman took the first set 6-3, and is on to the second set in his match against Lorenzo Musetti. This is not a grand slam match, so he only has to win two sets to win the match.

The Australian Mixed Doubles Table Tennis Team has crashed out in the Round of 16. Milly Tapper and Heming Hu lost 4-0 (11-5, 11-9, 11-1, 11-0) to the French team.

12:45pm: The Men’s Four (Spencer Turrin, Alexander Hill, Jack Hargreaves and Alexander Purnell) have won their heat, and put themselves straight into the A Final, joining the Women’s Four.

Olympics happening now. John Millman has saved three break points to hold serve and lead 4-3 in the first set. Eight riders have a nine minute lead as the breakaway has formed in the Men’s Road Race.

The Aussie Spirit continue to trail 7-1 at the end of the fifth innings, leaving them in a dire position with two chances left to bat.

12:35pm: Italy has completed a massive comeback in the Men’s Volleyball, winning the last three sets, and the final set 15-11 to find the win.

The Aussie boat in the Women’s Fours has won Heat 2 and gone straight to the A Final.

John Millman is up 3-2 in the first set of his match, and the Aussie Spirit are down 7-1 in the top of the 5th innings.

12:25pm: Olympics happening now. The Women’s Four is kicking off, with the Australian team in Heat 2. We will see Morrison and McIntrye double up, and be joined by Lucy Stephan and Romseary Popa.

John Millman is on in the men’s singles to kick off the Tennis for Australia. We will bring you updates of that match as it happens.

12:15pm: MEDAL ALERT – Anastasiia Galashina (ROC), Qian Yang (CHN) and Nina Christen (SUI) have won the first medals of Tokyo 2020 on the Women’s 10m Air Rifle. Christen has won bronze, Galashina won silver and Qian Yang is the first gold medallist of the Games.

The Kookaburras have sealed a 5-3 win over Japan in their opener after a match filled with drama and momentum swings. We will have a full recap later on.

12:05pm: The men’s road race is underway! They’ll be racing for about six hours today, so we will check back on Richie Porte, Luke Durbridge and Lucas Hamilton throughout the afternoon.

Olympics happening now. The Aussie Spirit are in deep trouble here, with a three-run home run for Canada putting them up 6-1 over the Spirit, and in danger of another mercy rule loss.

Catching up on last night, it was great. to see Elena Galiabovitch recognised for her contribution to the medical effort in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.

12:00pm: Daniel Beale has put the Kookaburras up further, and they lead 5-3 with 6 minutes remaining. The Aussie Spirit are now 4-1 in the bottom of the second inning, as error-riddled fielding continues to cost them.

11:50am: The Aussie Spirit have levelled the scores, with Clarke Warwick getting home with Stacey McManus off a

11:40am: Gabbie Plain is pitching for the Aussie Spirit, and Aran Zalewski has given the Kookaburras the lead 4-3 halfway through the third quarter.

11:30am: The Kookaburras have levelled the scores with a brilliant goal from a short corner for Blake Govers, and it’s 3-3 five minutes through the third quarter.

At the bottom of the first, Canada have stormed to a 3-1 lead with one out and Gabbie Plain pitching in place of Ellen Roberts.

11:15am: It’s all happening. Japan have scored again to lead 3-2 at halftime. The Aussie Spirit have scored, with Jade Wall walked and Stacey Porter home because the bases were loaded. Despite the bases staying loaded, the Spirit were only able to score one run before the end of the inning.

11:10:am: Japan have fought back and levelled the scores at 2-2 with five minutes left in the second.
Josh Hicks and Sam Hardy are through to the semi finals after winning their heat in 6:42.74.

10:55am: Olympics happening now. Australia’s Table Tennis campaign is off to a brilliant start. Six-time Olympian Jian Fang Lay has registered a comprehensive 4-0 (11-5, 11-7, 11-5, 14-12) victory over Daniela Fonseca (CUB) in the first round.

The Aussie Spirit are about to get underway in their third match of the Olympics, taking on Canada. We will keep you updated as their match progresses.

10:50am: The Kookaburras have scored two goals, with Tim Brand and Tom Craig to give the Aussies a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period.

The Men’s Pairs will get underway shortly with Sam Hardy and Josh Hicks representing Australia.

10:40am: The Kookaburras have successfully defended two penalty corners from the Japanese early. The Women’s Pair of Jessica Morrison and Anabelle McIntyre have finished first in their heat to progress through to the semi-finals of the event.

Olympics happening now. In a non-Australian update, the Canadian team is up in the Men’s Volleyball against the defending silver-medalists Italy, after taking the first set 28-26.

10:25am: The Kookaburras are moments away from starting their match against Japan, and the Women’s Pairs is into Heat 2 now.

10:10am: Olympics happening now. Simon Geschke (DEU) has tested positive for COVID-19 and won’t start the men’s road race (Cycling) this afternoon, and races in the Rowing have been rescheduled to avoid bad weather that will hit Tokyo on Monday.

We will be bringing you all the action from the Rowing and Hockey as the Australians compete, so stay tuned.

10:00am: Kicking off the live blog, we have Badminton, Beach Volleyball, Fencing, Handball and Rowing. We will bring you all the updates as they happen.

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