28/02/2024

Madison Fitzpatrick in action for the Hockeyroos. Photo: Hockeyroos - Twitter

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As Day 2 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.

12:25am: That is all for Day 2, we will have more tomorrow. 

12:23am: Ulugbek Rhitov (UZB) wins gold in the men’s 68kg Taekwondo in his Olympic debut.

12:20am: And Brazil have closed out the second day of the Games with a 3-0 victory over Korea in the Women’s Volleyball (25-10, 25-22, 25-19). All matches in the Women’s Volleyball today were won three sets to zero.

12:15am: Beach Volleyball pair Gibb and Bourne (USA) got off to an early lead in the first set against Italian’s Rossi and Carambula, and held on to take it 21-18. It was a different story, but a similar result in the second, as they secured a 21-19 victory in a more rightly contested set.

12:10am: Just the indoor and beach volleyball’s still in play on Day 2.

Brazil is up two sets to zero, 14-all in the third set in the Women’s indoor event.

United States’ duo Gibb and Bourne took the first set over Italian opponents Rossi and Carambula in the men’s Beach Volleyball.

12:00am: France has done it! Les Bleus run away with the game in the second half, as Team USA couldn’t buy a shot down the stretch. France beats Team USA in the men’s basketball 83-76 to shake up Group A. Rudy Gobert was unstoppable inside, while Evan Fournier was spectacular.

Earlier this evening, Australia got its campaign off to a strong start with a comfortable 84-67 victory over Nigeria. Patty Mills led the way with 25 points and six assists, while Joe Ingles and Dante Exum finished with 11 points each.

Read the match report here.

11:54pm: Nando de Colo makes two huge free throws to put France ahead by four points with 21.8 seconds remaining. Team USA has called a timeout with possession.

11:50pm: Team USA holds a slim 74-72 lead with 1:48 remaining. France relying on Fournier to produce offensively while Jrue Holiday is carrying the load for the United States.

11:45pm: Team USA still up by four, three minutes to play.

Over on the volleyball court, Brazil is up two sets to zero over Korea. Best of five, it’s been a convincing performance by Brazil so far and should be all over in the third.

11:40pm: Holiday up to 18 points and seven rebounds, as he helps the United States regain the lead. Five minutes to go in the fourth.

11:30pm: Massive day in the pool for Australia, with three medals secured. It started with a bronze in the Men’s 400m Individual Medley, continued with a Silver in the Men’s 400m Freestyle and finished with a Gold and new World Record in the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay.

There was also Swimming action this evening, with several Australian’s qualified for semi-finals and finals tomorrow. Catch up on it all with the Swimming Recap.

11:25pm: A huge 25-11 quarter for France sees them take the lead over fancied Team USA at three quarter time. The United States had no answer for Rudy Gobert inside, while Evan Fournier has been a constant threat from the outside with his capacity to create his own offence. Team USA trails Les Bleus 56-62 heading into the fourth.

11:20pm: France has hit the lead in the Basketball against the United States, two minutes to go in the third.

11:15pm: In breaking news from the Australian camp, race walker Dane Bird-Smith has withdrawn for personal reasons. More to come.

11:10pm: The Artistic Gymnastic qualification has wrapped up this evening. Simone Biles qualified on every apparatus, her best result a 15.183 on vault.

Australia’s Emily Whitehead and Georgia Godwin finished 43rd and 45th on Uneven Bars, Godwin finished 38th on beam, while Whitehead finished 45th and on floor, Godwin came in 26th and Whitehead 52nd.

11:00pm: Korea finished well in the Football, scoring two late goals – a penalty in the 84th minute and another goal to Lee in the 90th – for a 4-0 win over Romania.

Japan settled for a 2-1 win over Mexico, while Germany has just scored again through Felix Uduokhai for a 3-2 lead against Saudi Arabia.

10:55pm: Australia couldn’t get the job done against Spain earlier this evening. Read up on the Olyroos’ performance, which included three players getting suspended for the next match against Egypt on Wednesday with our match report.

10:50pm: Half-time in the Basketball, United States lead 45-37.

France has won its first Gold medal in Tokyo. Romain Cannone has taken out the Men’s Espee Individual on debut. Gergely Siklosi took Silver for Hungary and Igor Reizlin wins Bronze for Ukraine.

Anastasia Zolotic has won Gold in the Women’s 57kg Taekwondo for the United States.

10:45pm: France is staying with the United States as the match approaches half-time. The lead was cut to four, but has now opened back up again to nine points.

Brazil has just taken to Ariake Arena, facing Korea in its opening match of the Women’s Volleyball. There’s also action on the beach volleyball court, where the Netherlands face Spain in Pool B of the Women’s Beach Volleyball.

10:35pm: There’s plenty of action still to come this evening in Tokyo.

Women’s Artistic Gymnastics qualifying continues, now in its fourth rotation. USA Women are in action in the 3×3 Basketball against Russian Olympic Committee. Australia’s Pool A competitors Spain and New Zealand are level 2-2 in the Hockey.

Shuai Zhao has secured another Bronze for China, defeating Daehoon Lee of Korea 17-15.

10:30pm: Into the second quarter of the basketball and it’s the USA up 26-21.

Elsewhere, Korea is up 2-0 over Romania in the Football, Japan still lead Mexico 2-0, while Germany lead 2-1 over Saudi Arabia.

Lee Kiefer has won Gold in fencing in the Women’s Individual Foil.

10:23pm: Full time in the Football, Australia falls to Spain 1-0. In a costly finish, Nathaniel Atkinson was given a yellow card for an elbow and will also be suspended from the next match.

That’s three big players for the Olyroos who won’t feature in the must-win match with Egypt on Wednesday evening.

Stay tuned for the match report shortly.

10:17pm: Turkey’s Hatice Kubra Ilgun has defeated Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin from the Refugee Olympic Team for the second Bronze medal in the Women’s 57kg Taekwondo.

USA and France are about to hit the court in the Basketball.

10:11pm: Turkey has won its first medal of the Games! Hakan Recber defeated Nedzad Husic of Bosnia and Herzegovnia 22-13 in the first Men’s 68kg Taekwondo Bronze Medal Contest.

There has been some action between the Australian players and the Spain goal keeper. Not long left for Australia to equalise.

10:06pm: Finally a breakthrough for Spain, captain Mikel Oyarzabal scores heading the ball through and Spain lead 1-0 in the 81st minute.

Elsewhere in the Football, Korea leads Romainia 1-0, Japan lead Mexico 2-0 and Saudi Arabia are tied with Germany 1-1.

10:00pm: Score remains nil-all in the Football between Australia and Spain, with 15 minutes to go.

Chinese Taipei’s Chia-Ling Lo has taken one of the bronze medals up for grabs in the Women’s 57kg Taekwondo.

9:45pm: Yellow cards in the Football to Riley McGree and Mitch Duke will see the pair suspended from the next match against Egypt.

Australia has finished second to the United States in its Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay heat. Chalmers was set a task in the final leg and swam the 10th fastest split in history to see Australia qualify third for the final tomorrow morning.

9:35pm: A comfortable swim from Ariarne Titmus in the 400m Freestyle, she qualified third behind Ledecky (USA) and Bingjie (CHN). Tamsin Cook has missed out on the final.

Next up in the swimming pool are the Men’s 4x100m Freestyle relay heats, which Kyle Chalmers will surprisingly feature in.

9:25pm: Katie Ledecky is in the pool for the 400m Freestyle. Ariarne Titmus is in action in the following heat.

Earlier in the evening, Gronya Somerville and Simon Wing Hang Leog lost their mixed-doubles Badminton, but in the middle of a long rally, Somerville changed her racquet! Check it out here:

9:18pm: The Olyroos are level 0-0 in their match against Spain.

Meanwhile in the boxing ring, Garside used his superior footwork and head movement to beat opponent, Ume. The unanimous decision victory (5-0) puts Garside in the round of 16.

9:10pm: Harry Garside is in the ring for Australia against John Ume of Papua New Guinea. 

Isaac Cooper and Mitch Larkin have just finished their swims in the 100m backstroke heats. Both qualified for the semi-final, Larkin with 52.97 and Cooper with 53.73 seconds. 

9:05pm: John Peers and Max Purcell have gone down in three sets to Austin Krajicek and Tennys Sandgren from the USA, 6-3, 6-7, [5-10].

The Kookaburras win their second game of the Olympics, beating India 1-7 to sit atop Pool A.

Isaac Cooper has finished fourth in Heat 4 of the Men’s 100m Backstroke with a time of 53.73. In Heat 5, Mitch Larkin finished third with a time of 52.97.

8:58pm: John Peers and Max Purcell go to a third set against their USA opponents, losing the second set tiebreaker 5-7.

Boxer Harry Garside is ready to fight John Ume of Papua New Guinea in Men’s Light Preliminaries.

8:53pm: The Kookaburras lead 1-7 against India in Men’s Pool A Hockey action, a goal scored by Tim Brand. Also in Pool A, Argentina lead Japan 0-2.

The Men’s 100m Backstroke is underway. Isaac Cooper is in Heat 4 and Mitch Larkin is in Heat 5.

8:51pm: Chelsea Hodges has finished fourth in Heat 5 of the Women’s 50m Breaststroke with a time of 1:06.70.

8:48pm: John Peers and Max Purcell have forced a tiebreaker in the second set of their match with Austin Krajicek and Tennys Sandgren from the USA.

Jessica Hansen has finished fifth in Heat 4 of the Women’s 50m Breaststroke with a time of 1:07.50.

8:39pm: The Women’s 100 Breaststroke Heats have begun. Jessica Hansen is in Heat 4 and Chelsea Hodges is in Heat 5.

The Kookaburras have added two goals to their score in the Men’s Hockey against India, Blake Govers with back-to-back goals as they lead 1-6.

Ellen Perez and Sam Stosur have won their Women’s Doubles match against Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko and Anastasija Sevastova, 4-6, 6-1, [10-5]. In Men’s Doubles, John Millman and Luke Saville have lost in two sets against Austria’s Oliver Marach and Phillip Oswald, 5-7, 2-6.

8:35pm: In the Heat 5 of the 200m Men’s Freestyle, Thomas Neill finished first with a time of 1:45.81. Elijah Winnington finished seventh with a time of 1:46.99.

8:30pm: The Olyroos are in action against Spain in Group C Men’s Football.

They won their last game against Argentina. You can read the recap from that game here.

8:24pm: Ellen Perez and Sam Stosur have won the second set of their Women’s Doubles match. The score heading into the third set, 4-6, 6-1.

Simon Leung and Gronya Somerville have lost Game 2 of their Group C Badminton match, 21-15. With this loss, their second of the tournament, they are now out of qualification to the next stage although will still have a clash with Denmark’s Mathias Christiansen and Alexandra Boje tomorrow afternoon.

India scored against Australia in Men’s Pool A Hockey, though the Kookaburras still hold a three-goal lead, 1-4.

8:17pm: Men’s 200m Freestyle Heats have begun. Thomas Neill and Elijah Winnington are each in Heat 5.

The Boomers have prevailed over Nigeria in their first hitout at Tokyo 2020, winning 84-65. Patty Mills top-scored for Australia with 25 points. Joe Ingles and Dante Exum each scored 11 points.

8:15pm: It’s back-to-back Olympic Records in the 100m Backstroke. Emily McKeown owns the new Olympic Record in the 100m Backstroke with a time of 57.88. Emily Seebohm came third in the race with a time of 58.86.

8:10pm: Halftime in Men’s Hockey against Australia and India with a four-goal lead to the Aussies.

John Peers and Max Purcell took out the first set of their Men’s Doubles match, 6-3.

8:04pm: The Kookaburras get another goal through Joshua Beltz, their lead against India now 0-4.

8:00pm: It’s now a three-goal to the Kookaburras, Flynn Ogilvie finding the back of the net. The other two sides in Pool A alongside Australia and India, Japan and Argentina begin their Men’s Hockey match.

John Millman and Luke Saville has lost their opening Men’s Doubles set, 5-7.

Badminton pair Simon Leung and Gronya Somerville have lost the first game 21-7.

Women’s 100m Backstroke Heats have begun. Emily Seebohm and Kaylee McKeown are in Heat 6.

7:57pm: The Kookaburras have their second goal against India, leading 0-2 in the second quarter after a Jeremy Hayward goal.

7:50pm: Australia lead 58-52 at the final break against Nigeria. Patty Mills has 14 points with Dante Exum also in double-digits with 11 points.

Honduras has won its Men’s Group B Football match against New Zealand 2-3.

7:48pm: The Kookaburras take a 0-1 lead into quarter-time against India.

Sam Stosur and Ellen Perez have lost the first set of their Women’s Double match, 4-6.

7:45pm: The shotclock situation is resolved as both Australia and Nigeria take the court again.

7:40pm: A short delay in the basketball after concerns with the shotclock not working in the arena. With 3:12 to go in the third quarter, Australia leads 55-49 over Nigeria. Patty Mills has 14 points.

We have a goal to Australia in the Men’s Hockey, the Kookaburras leading 0-1 after Daniel Beale’s goal in the 10th minute.

Simon Wing Leung and Gronya Somerville begin their Group C Badminton game against Japan’s Yuta Wantanbe and Arisa Higashino. They lost their first game two sets to one yesterday.

7:35pm: France and South Africa is currently tied at 2-2 in Men’s Group A Football action after 80 minutes. For Group B, New Zealand and Honduras is locked at 2-2 with 80 minutes played.

7:30pm: The Kookaburras have begun their Pool A match against India.

Simone Pearce has dropped to fifth in the Group D Dressage Individual Grad Prix rankings. It remains to be determined whether she advances to the individual final.

7:25pm: The second half is underway between Australia and Nigeria in the Men’s Group B basketball. Patty Mills gets the third quarter underway with a three-pointer, the Boomers leading 46-40.

7:20pm: 10 minutes to go for Australia’s Men’s Hockey team, the Kookaburras, who come up against India.

The Kookaburras won their first Pool A game against Japan. You can read a recap of that game here.

7:15pm: Two Australian doubles tennis matches on now. John Millman and Luke Saville have kicked off their Men’s Doubles match against Austria’s Oliver Marach and Phillip Oswald. Sam Stosur and Ellen Perez take on Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko and Anastasija Sevastova.

7:10pm: Simone Pearce has completed her turn in the Dressage Individual Grand Prix equestrian event. She finished with a total score of 68.494% which puts her in third for Group D rankings.

South Africa has taken a 0-1 lead in its Men’s Group A Football match against France. Kobamelo Kodisng scored in the 53rd minute.

7:07pm: It’s halftime in the basketball and it’s the Boomers who take a 43-40 lead over Nigeria. Patty Mills leads the Boomers with 11 points, followed by Joe Ingles with nine points and Dante Exum with six points.

7:05pm: Simone Pearce is currently competing in the Dressage Individual Grand Prix.

6:55pm: Halfway through the second quarter in the basketball between the Boomers and Nigeria. Australia trail 33-34, Mills still the leading scorer with eight points.

6:50pm: Ajla Tomljanovic has progressed to the second round of the women’s singles after her opponent retired hurt. The final score reads 5-7, 2-3. It sets up a matchup with Elina Svitolina from Ukraine.

Honduras has got a goal back on New Zealand in the Men’s Football, Luis Palma scoring within extra time in the first half, the score 1-1 at the break.

6:45pm: Medals have been awarded in the Men’s 61kg Group A Weightlifting. China’s Li Fabin claims gold with a score of 313, an Olympic record. Indonesia’s Eko Yuli Irawan wins silver and Kazakhstan’s Igor Son wins bronze.

6:42pm: Nigeria takes the lead with a three-pointer to start the second quarter against the Boomers.

Argentina has scored in its Men’s Group C match against Egypt. Facundo Medina’s goal sees Argentina leading 0-1 after 52 minutes.

6:40pm: It’s quarter-time in the basketball between Australia and Nigeria and the scores are level at 23-all.

6:34pm: Nigeria takes the first timeout against the Boomers. The Boomers lead 19-12 after seven minutes.

6:30pm: Halfway through the Boomers v Nigeria game and the scores are tied 12-all. Mills leads the game with eight points.

6:23pm: The Boomers get their first points through a Patty Mills three. Matthew Dellavedova hits a two-pointer as the Boomers lead 5-4 after 1:55.

Van Vlueten’s reaction when she crossed the line showed that the lack of race radios may have played a part. She celebrated like she had won the race, not realising that Kiesenhofer had not been caught. A drama played out on screens that perhaps the riders didn’t realise they were a part of.

6:20pm: The Boomers take the court for their opening game at Tokyo 2020, against Nigeria. Nigeria get the first points through Chikezie Okpala.

Ajla Tomljanovic has won the first set of her singles match against Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova.

6:15pm: Anna Kiesenhofer of Austria wins in an upset! After her daring breakaway with more than 50km to go, she stayed away and held off a fast-finishing peloton, led by the Dutch team.

Annamiek Van Vleuten (NED) wins silver, after the miscalculation by the peloton, and Elisa Longho Borghini (ITA) wins her second bronze medal after Rio 2016.

Kiesenhofer lies on the ground, overcome with emotion as she realises the accomplishment of what she has achieved.

6:10pm: Anna Kiesenhofer is inside 5km to go. She has a 3:05 lead on the peloton, despite the Dutch freight train on the front of the peloton. It looks like the peloton will be racing for second, and Tiff Cromwell has been dropped again with 4km to go.

The Boomers will begin their Olympic Games campaign against Nigeria in 10 minutes time.

If you want to read the key takeaways from their warmup game against Nigeria too, you can do so here.

New Zealand has taken a 1-0 lead in its Men’s Group A Football match against Honduras, the goal scored by Liberato Cacace.

6:05pm: The peloton have ratched up the pace. The Dutch are organised at the front and are chasing hard. Kiesenhofer has a 3:34 gap with 6.9km to go, as the Dutch freight train chases behind her. Tiffany Cromwell is the only Australian at the front, and it looks like the peloton have not given up hope.

If they can pull it back, its going to be right at the line, and will require the Dutch to pull out the team pursuit of a lifetime

Jess Fox finishes her second run in the canoe slalom heats in 98.46, the fastest time of the day.

6:00 pm: Emily Whitehead is up on bars, for her final apparatus of the day scoring a 13.066. Georgia Godwin was solid once again scoring a 13.033.

Whitehead finishes qualification with a 52.298 meanwhile Godwin is just ahead with a 15.865.

Simone Biles finishes the day with a solid routine on beam, not as flashy as the floor but a beautiful routine finishing with a full in back out dismount, unable to stick the landing and stepping back, scoring a 14.066. A beam final isn’t out of reach for Biles, who could qualify for all four apparatus finals depending on the results of the final two subdivison finals.

5:45 pm: Massive upset from Max Purcell! Not knowing he was going to the Olympics 10 days ago, only finding out he was in the men’s singles after Andy Murray’s withdrawal this morning. He has defeated Felix Auger Aliassime 6-4 7[7]-6[2].

The peloton has definitely woken up. The speed is up as they have realised the possible error, and all hell has broken loose as they try to make up the gap. Kiesenhofer has a 1:55 lead over the other two, and there is a further 2:20 back to the peloton.

Under 20km to go, it’s going to come down to the wire if they can do it, and will be a miraculous recovery. Unfortunately, Grace Brown has lost touch with the peloton and it doesn’t look like there will be an Aussie at the end, even if the catch is made

5:41 pm: Japan defeats Canada in one extra innings 1-0 in the softball.

5:38 pm: Biles could be through to the uneven bars final depending on other results, finishing as the second-ranked American on the apparatus. It’s not the Australian’s turn on the uneven bars, while the Americans are on beam.

5:35 pm: Top-ranked Montenegro comes home strong over the Australians, winning 10-15.

We’re into a tiebreak in the second set of the Purcell v Auger Aliassime, Purcell will want to close out the match here.

5:33 pm: It looks like the women’s peloton has made a massive mistake. In letting the breakaway go almost 10 minutes, they won’t be able to pull them back. The three riders at the front, led by Anna Kiesenhofer (AUT) ahead of Omer Shapira (ISR) and Anna Plichta (POL) will stay away.

Kiesenhofer leads by a minute over the other two, and they all have more than four minutes to the peloton with just 25km left. This will be a boilover and an upset, and a massive error in judgement by the peloton has cost them a chance at an Olympic medal

5:31 pm: We could be headed to a tie-break in the second set, with Purcell needing to hold his serve otherwise we’ll be going to a third set.

5:27 pm: A great vault from Georgia Godwin who is looking to qualify to the Individual All-Around final, scoring a 13.766, she is not looking to make the vault final and has only taken the one vault.

Biles is up on uneven bars, typically her weakest apparatus, it has been her cleanest routine for the day so far, producing a big score of 14.566.

Massive vault from Emily Whitehead scoring a 14.000, Whitehead also opted to not take a second vault.

5:22 pm: Matt Wearn finishes 2:40 behind race leader in the first Men’s Laser race of Tokyo 2020, he still has several races to make up the points deficit in what has been a busy day for the sailing.

5:20 pm: We’re just an hour away from the Boomers match against Nigeria, Australia took the Nigerian’s on in Vegas earlier this month and here’s a brief recap of that match. If you want some additional entertainment during the game follow the Nigerian team on twitter!

There are three Aussies back in the peloton. Gigante, Cromwell and Brown have caught back up. The peloton remains 30 seconds behind Van Vleuten, who has still got 5:15 to catch the leaders, with 37km to go.

5:18 pm: The Kayak Slalom is underway again with Jess Fox 27th to start, 8 athletes have already completed the their second run for the day.

5:15 pm: Montenegro is pulling ahead now leading 8-10 over the Australians, there’s still plenty of time left in this game but it’s a massive fight back against the World Number One side.

5:10 pm: Felix Auger Aliassime has broken back in the second set, with the scores now even at 3-3.

5:07 pm: If you’re confused about that controversy in the softball match between Canada and Japan- with one out in the fifth inning, Canada walked off the field in protest, after the umpires told coach Mark Smith that pitcher Danielle Lawrie was not allowed to enter the game. After about 10 minutes of discussions, the ruling was overturned and play resumed.

Montenegro has taken the lead in the second half of the Water Polo, now 7-8 ahead of the Aussies.

5:05 pm: Purcell continues to lead in the second set up 3-2 in the second.

For the third rotation in the Gymnastics, the Australians are now on vault, whilst Team USA is on uneven bars.

5:03 pm: Brown has been dropped. The group chasing Van Vlueten is down to 20 or so riders, but none of them are Australians. Van Vleuten trails the three-rider breakaway by 5:42 with 48km to go, which will be a tough gap to bridge, but it’s now certain that the Aussies will not break their medal drought in the Women’s Road Race today

5:00 pm: The Australians are up 7-6 at halftime in the Water Polo, if you’re looking for a team sport to watch right now, the second half is going to be a must-watch.

4:59 pm: Cromwell and Gigante have been distanced. After Gigante did a power of work early, Grace Brown is the last Aussie hope. Annamiek Van Vleuten has attacked the same way she did in the World Championships last year, where she took a solo breakaway 100km for the win. With 52km left, the only thing stopping Van Vleuten will be the same thing that happened at Rio 2016, where she crashed on a descent with a medal in sight.

4:58 pm: Another great routine from the Australians in the Gymnastics, this time Georgia Godwin on floor nailing all of her tumbling passes. Scoring a 13.166

4:56 pm: Purcell is up a break in the second set leading Auger Aliassime 2-1 in the second.

4:54 pm: There’s a bit in this men’s Water Polo between Australia and Montenegro, with the Aussies up 7-6 just before halftime.

4:51 pm: No Yurchenko double pike from Simone Biles on the vault today, there are three other opportunities to see it, over the next two weeks.

4:49 pm: Amanda Spratt is being distanced! The effects of her crash at the Giro Donne just over a week ago are showing. The Australian hopes will be with Gigante, Brown and Cromwell, as the Dutch turn up the heat with 57km to go.

4:47 pm: The Men’s Laser is underway in the sailing, with Australian Matt Wearn in the middle of the pack in the first race for the event.

4:43 pm: Emily Whitehead with a stunning floor routine, she might not have the high difficulty score of some of the bigger names but she’ll be happy with the execution score, with a total score of 12.566.

4:41 pm: Refugee Olympic Team’s Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin is through to the Taekwondo semi-final, in what is another great story for this team at Tokyo 2020.

4:40 pm: First rotation is complete in the Artistic Gymanstics, Biles will qualify for the floor final along with Jade Carey, both posting high scores. Team USA is now on vault and the Australians are on floor.

4:37 pm: The Dutch have attacked! Demi Vollering has kicked off the fireworks at the base of the big climb. The reaction from the peloton is immediate, and riders are starting to lose contact at the back of the peloton

4:36 pm: Max Purcell takes the first set, just one massive set away from another tennis upset on day 2.

Meanwhile the Australian Men’s Water Polo team’s first match is underway with the Australians up 4-1 in the first quarter over Montenegro.

4:35 pm: It is starting to look like there may have been a massive mistake by the peloton. Everyone has been looking at the Dutch team, and the breakaway still has over nine minutes with 63km to go. It’s going to be tough to pull that back, and even more so with Van Vleuten looking sore after her crash.

4:32 pm: Back to the tennis, Max Purcell is serving for the first set against Felix Auger Aliassime.

4:30 pm: Annamiek Van Vleuten, one of the lead riders for the Dutch has crashed after rejoining the peloton after a mechanical. With 65km to go, she’s going to have to ride her way back on. There has been some movement since, as Tiff Cromwell comes to the front of the peloton to control the race.

4:25 pm: Simone Biles is ridiculously good on floor, performing both skills named after her opening with the triple-double. If you thought the routine couldn’t get better she performs to the Tokyo Drift soundtrack. One big jump back on her third tumbling pass but otherwise an unreal routine.

Biles scores a 14.133, with Skinner and Carey still to go there is a slight risk she could miss the floor final with only two Americans able to reach the final.

4:24 pm: Max Purcell has gone up a break in the first set, could there be an upset on the cards today?

4:22 pm: Solid first rotation for Australian’s Emily Whitehead and Georgia Godwin on beam, Whitehead scored a 12.66 while Godwin had a 12.900. Yesterday Tyson Bull qualified for the Men’s High Bar final so there is still hope for the Australians to reach a final on other apparatuses.

4:20 pm: The gap is 9:30 with 70km to go. The Aussies are visible just behind the leaders of the peloton, and there is still no panic in the peloton

4:13 pm: Max Purcell is holding his own against Auger-Aliassime in the first set, he’s still for a long way to go but is looking comfortable despite the late entry in the Men’s Singles.

4:10 pm: Simone Biles is in the house! The third subdivision of today will start at 4:15 pm with Team USA on floor, the Australians Godwin and Whitehead are up on the balance beam in their first rotation.

Stacey Hymer is out of the Taekwondo, going down 25-15 to Canada’s Skylar Park.

3:55 pm: Australia’s Jess Fox finishes the heat in second 2.15 seconds behind Germany’s Ricarda Funk with a time of 104.05. Her second run will start just after 5 pm.

3:53 pm: Andy Murray’s replacement, Australian Max Purcell is now on court against Canadian youngster Felix Auger-Aliassime. Purcell was a late inclusion to the Australian team, named as a doubles replacement for Alex De Minaur and has now gotten the call up in the singles.

3:50 pm: Julian Wilson qualifies in third with a score of 11.27 and is through to the third round, we’ll see him again early tomorrow afternoon after the women’s third round.

3:45 pm: Just five minutes to go in Julian Wilson’s heat in the men’s surfing the Australian sits in third and is in danger of not qualifying if Germany’s Leon Glatzer or Argentina’s Leandro Usuna have a superb ride.

3:40 pm: There’s plenty of action in the team sports right now. So here’s a quick update of the live scores.

In the Softball, the game between Japan and Canada has just commenced with both teams fighting for that second-place spot.

It’s still the first set in the Serbia v Dominican Republic volleyball match at 16-10 the Serbians are looking like they’ll take out the first.

Australians might not know much about Olympic Handball but it’s a gripping first half between Montenegro and Angola with just one point between the two teams at 11-10

The Japanese have a surprise lead in the Men’s Water Polo against the United States, up 8-10 in the third quarter.

And the Germans have a 6 point lead in the third against the Italians leading 51-44.

3:30 pm: The women’s road race so far looks a bit like the men’s race yesterday. A small bunch of 5 riders have a lead of 10:40 over the peloton. With 95km to go, the peloton doesn’t look overly fazed and will chase down the breakaway over the next 40-50km. All four Australians are still in the peloton.

3:28 pm: Julian Wilson is in the middle of his second ride for the day, needing to finish in the top three of his heat to qualify he’ll need to post another nine-point score or higher to qualify.

3:26 pm: After weather delays, we’re off in the Sailing Laser Radial, it’s their second race of the day, with 10 more to go for the entire games.

3:22 pm: Shmaliov is too good for Katz winning 1-0 with a Waza-ari.

3:16 pm: Nathan Katz’s round 16 bout against Israel’s Baruch Shmaliov has commenced. A win will put him through to the quarter-finals.

3:10 pm: There was a bit of a delay but Stacey Hymer’s bout against Skylar Park is underway.

3:00 pm: It’s not long until we’ll see Australia’s Jess Fox in her first run in the K-1 Slalom heat, she starts 27th and is due to start at 3:55 pm.

2:55 pm: If you’re wondering about how the Australians are performing in the Skeet qualifying, Laura Coles is currently in 18th and in the Women’s Skeet qualifying with a score of 14. Paul Adams is currently tied for 1st in the Men’s.

Alex Chresten Hoberg is currently 21st (625.6) in Men’s 10m Air Rifle, and Dane Sampson is 25th (551.5).

2:53 pm: Australia’s Stacey Hymer is about to start in the Round of 16 in the Women’s -57kgs taekwondo, taking on Canada’s Skylar Park.

2:45 pm: The second session of the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics is complete, with China, the Russian Olympic Committee and Great Britain all fighting to get into the Team Final. You won’t have to wait long to see Simone Biles, and Team USA who will start at 4:10 pm along with Australian Duo Georgia Godwin and Emily Whitehead.

Naomi Osaka has convincingly won the first set 6-1 and is just one set away from advancing to the second round.

2:40 pm: Japan’s Yuto Horigome claims Skateboarding’s first gold medal in the Men’s Street, with a score of 37.18. Brazil’s Kelvin Hoefler took out the silver, while American Jagger Eaton took out the bronze.

2:35 pm: It’s all over for Saville, after a last-minute inclusion to the Men’s Singles draw Hubert Hurkacz convincingly won 2 sets to 0, with a score of 2-6 4-6.

2:30 pm: Luke Saville isn’t giving up without a fight, breaking back. Meanwhile, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Gold Medallist Andy Murray has withdrawn from the Men’s Singles competition.

2:28 pm: James Duckworth gets up, after a disappointing first set Duckworth took it to the wire winning 5-7 6-3 7[7]-6[4] over Klein.

2:25 pm: Back to the Aussie Tennis James Duckworth is up in a third set tiebreak against Slovakia’s Lukas Klein.

Luke Saville is now down a break in the second with Hurkacz serving.

2:23 pm: Racing is now underway in the Women’s Road Race with three races pushing out in front.

2:19 pm: Daniel Watkins finishes with a time of 104.43, however, he incurred a 54-second penalty and finishes with a time of 158.43 and is in sixth for the time being.

2:16 pm: Nathan Katz has done it in the Golden Score period, defeating Juan Postigos 10-0, he is now through to the Round of 16, he’ll face Israel’s Baruch Shmailov later today.

2:15 pm: The Women’s Road Race is about to get underway in the Cycling, with the Australia sending in a four women team featuring Grace Brown, Tiffany Cromwell Sarah Gigante and Amanda Spratt. You can read about the Aussie ‘Golden Girls’ on The Inner Sanctum.

Australian Daniel Watkins is up in the Men’s Canoe Slalom heats.

2:10 pm: The Women’s Laser Radial race has been delayed in the Sailing due to the weather, don’t be surprised if this isn’t the last race to experience delays in the next few days.

New Zealand are on the board in the Women’s Hockey, scoring the first goal of the match in the third period against Argentina.

Australia’s Nathan Katz is currently taking on Juan Postigos in the Men’s -66kg Judo, the winner will advance into the round of 16.

2:06 pm: Gold medal favourite Naomi Osaka is now on court in her first-round match against China’s Saisai Zheng.

2:01 pm: Late entry to the Men’s Singles competition Luke Saville loses the first set 2-6 to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.

2:00 pm: The Skateboarding Men’s Street Final is now underway, with the first Olympic Skateboarding medal on offer this afternoon.

1:58 pm: Straight sets win! Artacho Del Solar/Clancy were on fire against Lidy/Leila 21-15, 21-14 impressing attack and serving 4 aces for the match.

1:45 pm: What an upset! Number one seed Ash Barty has gone down in straight sets to Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo, 6-4, 6-3. This isn’t the end for Barty who will continue on in the doubles.

1:42 pm: Australia’s Women’s Double Sculls team finished 5th in the semi-final and are now going into the B final.

1:40 pm: The Australian Beach Volleyball pairing of Mariafe Artacho de Solar and Taliqua Clancy have taken their first set in their match up against Cuba, 21-15.

1:35 pm: Ash Barty has been broken again as she looks to come back from a set down.

1:30 pm: James Duckworth claims the second set, 6-3, against Lucas Klein setting up a do or die final set.

1:15 pm: More medals in the Women’s 10m Air Pistol with ROC’s Vitalina Batsarashkina setting a new Olympic record with 240.3 points. Rounding out the podium was Antoaneta Kostadinova from Bulgaria and Jiang Ranxin from China.

In the Tennis, James Duckworth remains on serve in the second set up 3-2 while Ash Barty was broken early but has managed to break back in the second set and is up 2-1.

While Steph Gilmore has also won her heat in the Surfing with a score of 14.50, which means she also advances to the knockout stages.

1:10 pm: With lots happening this morning and medals starting to be handed out, here is our midday medal table update

1:05 pm: Another Aussie will enter the Tennis draw as Hungary’s Martin Fucsovics has withdrawn. Luke Saville will now play Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in the first round.

1:00 pm: What a dramatic finish in the Softball. After going scoreless through the first seven innings the Aussies managed to score at the bottom of the eighth before the USA team scored a walk off double to win in the final innings.

Ash Barty and James Duckworth have also both lost their first sets. Barty lost 6-4 while Duckworth went down 7-5.

12:55 pm: The Aussies win their first gold at the Games in the 4x100m Freestyle. The girls set a new world record clocking 3.29.64. It is the Australian’s third straight gold in the event.

12:40 pm: The Hockeyroos have won their match up with Spain, the 3-1 victory comes in sweltering conditions which made it tough for the players.

12:35 pm: Sally Fitzgibbon has won heat two in the Women’s Surfing with a score of 12.50, putting her straight through to the knockout stage. Steph Gilmore is now in the water.

12:25 pm: More medals in the pool as Japan collect their first gold for the Games with Ohashi Yui winning the Women’s 400m Individual Medley. USA’s Emma Weyant and Hali Flickinger collected silver and bronze respectively.

Ash Barty is down a break early in the first set and is down 3-1, while James Duckworth is also in action and remains on serve early with a 2-2 scoreline.

12:20 pm: Clutch from USA pitcher Monica Abbott, the Aussies had the bases loaded in the still scoreless game but Abbott managed to strike out Michelle Cox.

12:15 pm: It’s the end of the third period in the Hockey, as the Hockeyroos take a 3-1 lead into the last quarter.

The Softball still remains scoreless into the sixth innings with the Aussies putting up an incredible fight against the USA.

12:07 pm: Ash Barty has taken to the court to begin he Olympic campaign. We will keep you across her progress as she takes on Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo.

12:05 pm: Another Australian medal as Jack McLoughlin has won silver in the 400m Freestyle. Tunisian Ahmed Hafnaoui won gold and USA’s Kieran Smith won bronze

12:00 pm: After a scoreless first half, there has been a flurry of goals in the Hockey as the Hockeyroos now lead Spain 2-1. The goal scorers for Australia were Ambrosia Malone and Emily Chalker, while Beatriz Perez Lagunas scored for Spain.

Meanwhile the Aussie women’s in the Quad Sculls have progressed through to Final A after winning their repechage.

11:40 am: Our first medal at the Games. Well done to Brendon Smith on bronze in the 400m Individual Medley. It was USA filling out the one and two with Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland collecting gold and silver.

It is also half-time in the Hockey and the game still remains scoreless with both teams having their opportunities but failing to convert.

In the Softball, the fourth innings is about to begin with both teams also still not managing a run.

While world number one Ash Barty will take the court in 20 mins time, at 12pm AEST, in her quest for Gold.

11:35 am: Brendon Smith is about to compete for gold in the 400m Individual Medley, in the first swimming final of the Games.

11:30 am: Leah Coles is just one point behind the four equal leaders early in the Women’s Skeet qualifiers. The leaders are on 25 while Coles is on 24.

11:17 am: It is the end of the first period in the Hockey and it was a scoreless first 15 minutes as the teams feel each other out in the sweltering conditions.

11:15 am: Unfortunately it wasn’t Shane O’Neill’s day with a score of 19.52 he will not be progressing through to the final.

Our softballers are also in action and it is still 0-0 as we near the end of the first innings.

11:00 am: The Hockeyroos are about to get underway in their first matchup against Spain.

10:55 am: Shane O’Neill is now halfway through the trick section of his heat with scores of 8.63 and 0. He has some work to do in order to qualify for the final.

10:40 am: Shane O’Neill scored a 6.23 in his second run. He will need to do well in the trick section of the heat to advance.

10:35 am: Owen Wright takes out heat four of the Surfing with a score of 10.40, he will now advance to the knockout stages.

10:30 am: Aussie Shane O’Neill is up now in the second heat of the skateboarding, he fell a couple of times in his first run and scored a 4.66. He still has another run and four attempts at a best trick left in the heat.

9:55 am Julian Wilson finished his heat with a score of 8.77, not enough to advance to the knockout stage but will get another chance in the repechage later this afternoon. Owen Wright is up next in heat four.

9:35 am: Julian Wilson is currently halfway through his heat in the Surfing while the Skateboarding is also getting underway with Shane O’Neill representing Australia.

9:07 am: We’re kicking off the live blog this morning with Aussies in and amongst a lot of the action today. Julian Wilson is up first in heat three of the Surfing, we also have Hockey, Softball and some swimmers competing for medals this morning. Stay tuned for all of the action.

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