Brandon Starc will jump for gold tonight in the high jump Photo: Australian Olympic Team - Twitter

Day 9 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 8 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 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.

11:31pm: Be sure to stay up to date with all of Day 10’s action with the Inner Sanctum tomorrow.

11:23pm: Three quarter time in the Group A Basketball match, Serbia lead Republic of Korea 50-44.

11:21pm: Republic of Korea defeat Dominican Republic 4-3 in the Baseball.

11:02pm: MEDAL ALERT

10:54pm: MEDAL ALERT Marcell Jacobs (ITA) has one the Gold Medal in the 100m. Fred Kerley (USA) secures silver and Andre de Grasse (CAN) wins bronze.

Jacobs’ time is 9.80 with a personal best, ahead of 9.84 for Kerley and 9.89 for de Grasse.

10:52pm: Zarnell Hughes (GBR) has broken in the Men’s 100m Final and is disqualified.


10:47pm: MEDAL ALERT Neisi Patricia Barrera Dajomes with the Gold Medal on review with a 145kg clean and jerk in the Women’s 76kg Weightlifting.


10:47pm: Australia is through to the Women’s Beach Volleyball Quarter Final! After winning a tight first set 22-20, the Aussies steamrolled the Chinese team, 21-13.


10:46pm: Serbia lead Republic of Korea 32-24 at half time of their Group A Basketball match.

10:41pm: MEDAL ALERT DUAL GOLD MEDALS for Giancarlo Tamberi (ITA) and Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT) will share gold, and Maksim Nedasekau (BLR) will take home bronze. Barshim and Tamberi agreed on sharing the gold medal together.

10:37pm: Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT) missed the 2.39m for a third time. His night is done, but he sits currently in equal first. Nedasekau has also failed a third time at 2.39. He will take home bronze on countback with his 2.37.

10:37pm: Australia has come out of the gates firing in the second set in the women’s beach volleyball against China. Taliqua and Mariafe are currently up 14-7.

10:34pm: Yulimar Rojas, of Venezuela sets a new World Record in the Women’s Triple Jump. The previous record had been in place since 1995.

Her jump of 15.67 to win’s her gold. Patricia Mamona (POR) has finished second with a 15.01m jump, and Ana Peleterio (ESP) has finished in bronze with 14.87.

10:30pm: Kyron McMaster from the British Virgin Islands and Rasmus Magi from Estonia have run fastest in semi final three of the Men’s 400m hurdles. Jaheel Hyde (JAM) was running well, but clipped a hurdle and tripped at about the 300m mark.

10:27pm: Australia win the first set of the Women’s Beach Volleyball. If they win the next set, they will advance to the quarter finals.


10:25pm: Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT) has failed his second attempt at 2.39m.

10:22pm: Serbia leads at quarter time of their Women’s Group A Preliminary Basketball match against Republic of Korea 17-10.

10:22pm: Gianmarco Tamberi also misses at 2.39. All five jumpers have now missed at this height, however Tamberi’s looked most closest to clear.

10:20pm: Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT) Sanghyeok Woo (KOR) and Brandon Starc (AUS) have failed their first attempts at 2.39m. Starc’s jump was not a reflection of the rest of his jumping tonight.

10:18pm: Alison dos Santos (BRA) and Abderrahman Samba (QAT) have made the race their’s, through with the fastest two times in the Men’s 400m hurdles in Semi Final 2.

10:14pm: MEDAL ALERT They’ve done it! Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Andrey Rublev have won a gruelling third set tiebreaker 13-11 to win the Mixed Doubles Gold Medal!

10:12pm: In the first set of the Women’s Beach Volleyball, Australia has lost an early 3-0 lead and China is now ahead, 11-10.

10:11pm: The Mixed Doubles Gold Medal match is going down to the wire, with the tiebreak third set tied at 10-10.

10:09pm: Gianmarco Tamberi (ITA) has cleared 2.37, and given that he has also not missed, he is in equal first. It is the most competitors in a single competition that has cleared 2.37m.

10:08pm: Karsten Warholm (NOR) and Rai Benjamin (USA) have finished first and second in the semi final of the Men’s 400m Hurdles.

10:03pm: MEDAL ALERT France’s Men’s Foil Team have won the gold medal for the first time in the event since Sydney 2000. ROC have finished with the silver medal.

9:59pm: Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT) has just cleared 2.37m on the first attempt. Maksim Nedasekau (BLR) has done the same.

9:55pm: Yulimar Rojas, of Venezuela, has broken the Olympic record in the Women’s triple Jump. She records 15.41m in her first jump.

9:53pm: The Mixed Doubles Gold Medal match is going to a third set, with Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev winning the tiebreak in the second set 7-5.

9:53pm: Brandon Starc has cleared 2.35m on his first attempt, for a season best.

9:49pm: Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich (KEN) and Amel Tuka (BIH) have finished fastest in Heat 3 of the Men’s 800m. Jeff Risely (AUS) finished in 1:47.17 and will not qualify. Isaiah Jewett (USA) and Nijel Amos (BOT) were highly favoured, but fell with 180m to go, and finished in 2:38.

9:48pm: The second set of the Mixed Doubles Gold Medal match is currently in a tiebreak- Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev lead 4-3.

9:44pm: The Stingers claim a very impressive 14-1 win against South Africa. Read the wrap-up of the event here.

9:43pm: Brandon Starc clears his third attempt at 2.33m.

9:42pm: Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev are back to being one game away from taking the second set of the Mixed Doubles Gold Medal match, leading 6-5.

9:40pm: Brandon Starc misses his first and second attempt at 2.33m of the Men’s High Jump.

9:38pm: A second consecutive Australian Record, this one by Peter Bol in Heat 2 of the Men’s 800m with a time of 1:44.11. He qualifies for the final automatically alongside Clayton Murphy (USA).

9:32pm: Fourth quarter underway in the Water Polo, and the Stingers lead South Africa 11-1 in the final group stage game.

9:31pm: Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev have fought back to sit one game away from taking the second set in the Mixed Doubles Gold Medal match.

9:29pm: Patryk Dobek (POL) and Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir (KEN) have qualified from Heat 1 directly into the final of the Men’s 800m. Charlie Hunter (AUS) finished in seventh, after running in second for much of the first lap and a half.

9:26pm: Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev lead 4-3 in the second set of the Mixed Doubles Gold Medal match.

9:19pm: MEDAL ALERT Belgium’s Nina Derwael wins Gold in the Women’s Uneven Bars Final with a score of 15.200, ROC’s Anastasiia Iliankova wins Silver with a score of 14.833 and the USA’s Sunisa Lee wins Bronze with 14.500. Lee has now won a full set of medals at Tokyo 2020.


9:16pm: The Stingers extend their lead in the second quarter to make it a six goal margin, 7-1 at the middle break.

9:10pm: Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev lead 2-1 in the second set of the Mixed Doubles Gold Medal match.

9:08pm: Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico finished first in her semi-final heat of the hurdles with 12.26 to qualify fastest and is fourth fastest all time and a new Olympic record. Megan Tapper (JAM) and Nadine Visser (NED) and Gabriele Cunningham (USA) round out the top 4, and all qualify for the final. Liz Clay misses out, despite recording her PB.

9:04pm: Brandon Starc has cleared 2.30m on his first attempt.

9:03pm: Halfway through the Women’s Uneven Bars Final Belgium’s Nina Derwael leads with a score of 15.200, Angelina Melnikova is next and is potentially the only one remaining able to win this off Derwael.

9:03pm: It’s 1-1 in the second set of the Mixed Doubles Gold Medal match.

9:02pm: South Africa has enjoyed its most competitive stretch of Water Polo across the entire tournament, keeping Australia to just one goal in the opening term. Stingers lead 1-0.

9:01pm: Liz Clay is third with a massive PB in Heat 2 of the Women’s 100m hurdles. Britany Anderson (JAM) and Kendra Harrison (USA) finished first and second are guaranteed to go through.


8:58pm: A third called back start. This is borderline farcical in Heat 2 of the Women’s 100m hurdles

8:57pm: A second called back start in Heat 2 of the Women’s 100m hurdles. We await to see the actual race shortly

8:55pm: Pavlyuchenkova/Rublev take the first set of the Mixed Doubles Gold Medal match 6-3


8:45pm: Brandon Starc gets through on his first attempt at 2.27m, slightly more nervous this time with a wobble on the bar.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Andrey Rublev extend their lead, in the Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Match and now lead 4-2 in the first set after going up a break.

All-Around Gold Medallist Sunisa Lee (USA) will kick off the Women’s Uneven Bars Final.

8:38pm: Bingtian Su (CHN) will be the fastest qualifier for the 100m final, with a blistering 9.81. Ronnie Baker (USA) was second, and Lamont Jacobs (ITA) and Akani Simbine (RSA) will be the two-time qualifiers for the final.

Trayvon Bromell (USA) who finished third in Heat 2, and was denied second by the photo finish, will not be in the final.


8:33pm: Zharnel Hughes (GBR) has won heat 2 of the 100m. Enoch Adegoke (NGR) finished second. Browning finished fifth in 10.09, and has been eliminated from the competition.

Browning’s 10.09 was separated from fourth by one thousandth of a second, and is equal to his time at National Championships earlier in the year. Adegoke and Trayvon Bromell (USA) were also separated by a thousandth of a second, but only Adegoke is guaranteed a place in the final at this stage.


8:31pm: Brandon Starc clears his first attempt at 2.24m, looking comfortable in the High Jump final thus far.


ROC’s Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev are facing fellow countrymen Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Andrey Rublev in the Mixed Doubles Gold medal match. Vesnina and Karatsev lead 2-1 in the first set.

8:29pm: In an incredible finish, Verge-Depre and Heidrich have defeated fellow Swiss team Huberli and Betschart. The final set, normally played to 15 went to 23-21. The final score: 21-12 19-21 23-21.

8:25pm: MEDAL ALERT Starting first in the Final Great Britain’s Max Whitlock wins his second consecutive Pommel Horse Gold with a score of 15.583, Chinese Taipei’s Lee C K wins silver with a score of 15.400 and Japan’s Kazuma Kaya wins Bronze with a 14.900

8:24pm: After a false start, Fred Kerley of the USA finishes fastest in the first men’s 100m semi-final with a blistering 9.97

Hiroe Minagawa (JPN) has been defeated by Aline Rotter Focken (GER) in the second Women’s freestyle wrestling 76kg semi-final

8:21pm: JaVaughan Harrison (USA) has cleared 2.19 on his first attempt of the men’s high jump final. He completed qualification in the men’s long jump yesterday as well

8:18pm: Another disqualification! After narrowly escaping disqualification last night, Rhys Prescod (GBR) has broken in the semi-finals of the 100m sprint, and will take no further part

8:16pm: Brandon Starc clears 2.19m on his first attempt with ease.


8:13pm: Slovenia wins it! Spain has been pipped at the post by Slovenia who ran out eight-point winners in a tense affair

Adeline Maria Gray (USA) has defeated Aiperi Medet Kyzy (KGZ) in the first Women’s freestyle wrestling 76kg semi final

8:10pm: The Men’s High Jump Final is about to get underway with Australian Brandon Starc looking to claim Australia’s first medal in Athletics for Tokyo 2020.

At the halfway point of the Men’s Pommel Horse Final Max Whitlock (GBR) leads with a score of 15.583.

8:00pm: Massive first routine in the Men’s Pommel Horse Final with Max Whitlock scoring a 15.583, there are seven gymnasts to go but it’s a score that could hold.


Yasmani Acosta Fernandez (CHI) has been defeated by Iakobi Kajaia (GEO) in the second Men’s Greco-Roman Wrestling 130kg semi-final

7:56pm: It’s 0-0 between Belgium and Spain in the Men’s Hockey in the second quarter.

7:55pm: The Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Pommel Horse Final is starting with Great Britain’s Max Whitlock up first, looking to defend his Gold from Rio 2016.

7:47pm: Riza Kayaalp (TUR) has been defeated by Mijain Lopez Nunez (CUB) in the first Men’s Greco-Roman wrestling 130kg semi-final 

7:44pm: Vlatko Cancar has 20 as Slovenia again cut the deficit, this time to two points at the final break. Spain remains in front 70-68

7:41pm: MEDAL ALERT Germany’s Alexander Zverev wins Men’s Singles Gold in straight sets over ROC’s Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-1.


7:40pm: The United States currently leads Japan in the Men’s Foil Team Bronze Medal Match at with the scores at 10-7 after two rounds.

7:35pm: Luis Alberto Orta Sanchez (CUB) in a dominant display, defeats Victor Ciobanu (MDA) by technical superiority in the second of the Men’s Greco-Roman Wrestling 60kg semi-finals

7:31pm: MEDAL ALERT Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade win’s Gold on Vault with a score of 15.083, winning Brazil’s first Gold for Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. Late inclusion to the final Mykayla Skinner (USA) takes out Silver scoring 14.916 and Seojeong Yeo (KOR) wins Bronze with a score of 14.733.


7:26pm: Kenichiro Fumita (JPN) is the winner by points over Lenur Temirov (UKR) in his Men’s Greco-wrestling 60kg semi-final.

7:24pm: Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade is guaranteed a medal on Vault, Brazil’s second Women’s Artistic Gymnastics medal, following her Individual All-Around Medal on Thursday.

7:20pm: Kenichiro Fumita (JPN)  has a one-point lead against Lenur Temirov (UKR) in the Men’s Greco-Roman Wrestling 60kg semi-finals.

7:15pm: At the halfway point of the Women’s Vault Final, Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade leads with a score of 15.083, there are four gymnasts remaining with Korea’s Seojeong Yeo up next.

7:12pm: In a shock upset, one of the form teams heading into the Women’s Beach Volleyball competition, Brazil pair Agatha and Duda, has been defeated by German duo Ludwig and Kozuch 1-2 (19-21 21-19 16-14).

7:09pm: Halftime and Spain maintain the advantage, this time by three points. Ricky Rubio has 11 points to lead Spain and Vlatko Cancar has 12 for Slovenia. 44-41

7:08pm: Alexander Zverev has gone up a break in the second set, he now has to hold serve for the rest of the set and he’ll win his first Olympic Gold Medal.

7:00pm: ICYMI Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova have claimed Gold in the women’s tennis beating Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic and Viktorija Golubic 7-5 6-1.

Meanwhile, Germany’s Alexander Zverev has won the first set 6-3 over Russia’s Karen Khachanov in the Men’s Singles Gold Medal Match

6:57pm: The Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Vault Final is underway, without Simone Biles competing USA teammate Mykayla Skinner has been added to the top eight as after being named as an alternate after qualification.

6:51pm: Alexander Zverev is up a break in the first set in the Men’s Singles Gold Medal Match against Karen Khachanov.

6:42pm: MEDAL ALERT Chinese Taipei’s Pan claims bronze after a four-hole Bronze Medal playoff, the United States’ Xander Schauffele won Gold finishing at -18 and Slovakia’s Rory Sabbatini took Silver finishing at -17


6:40pm: End of the first quarter and Spain leads Slovenia by four points 24-20 but the big story, Luka Doncic already committed three fouls, seeing him sit out the end of the quarter

6:34pm: MEDAL ALERT Israel wins its first Gold Medal of Tokyo 2020, just it is second in the country’s history after Gold in the Sailing at Athens 2004. Artur Dolgopyat wins gold in the Men’s Floor Final with a score of 14.933 just edging out Silver Medalist Rayderley Zapata who finished on equal points but was bumped into second due to the lower difficulty score. China’s Xiao Ruoteng finished in third with a 14.766 to claim the bronze medal his third medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

6:26pm: Israel’s Artur Dolgopyat is guaranteed to win a medal in the Men’s Floor Final, this will be the country’s first-ever medal in Gymnastics and with two to perform he is still a chance at claiming Gold.

6:20pm: An important match for the Boomers is about to get underway between Spain and Slovenia in Group C of the Men’s Basketball, the loser will likely play the Australian’s in the quarter-finals.

6:18pm: Halfway through the Men’s Floor Final Israel’s Artem Dolgopyat leads with a score of 14.933 on equal points with Spain’s Rayderley Zapata with Dolgopyat getting the advantage due to the higher difficulty score. There are four Gymnasts to still compete.


6:14pm: Japan’s Tsukimi Namiki advances to the semi-finals in the Women’s Flyweight Boxing, defeating Columbia’s Ingrit Lorena Valencia Victoria with a points win 5:0

6:07pm: All five players move on to the third hole in the bronze medal playoff.

6:02pm: The Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Floor Final is underway with ROC’s Nikita Nagornyy leading off.

6:01pm: It’s all square at half-time in the Men’s Handball match between Norway and France at 15-15.

5:54pm: Five players will move on to the second hole of the playoff for bronze.


5:42pm: The Bronze Medal Playoff in the Men’s Gold is underway.


5:38pm: MEDAL ALERT – The Czech Republic has won Gold in the Women’s Doubles with a straight sets win over Switzerland. Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova won 6-5, 6-1.

5:33pm: The news keeps coming in from the USA Gymnastics team. There will be a further reshuffle of the team ahead of the event finals.

5:25pm: MEDAL ALERT – Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) wins gold in the Women’s Laser Radial, putting behind her some controversy about a disqualification in Race 7. She wins gold ahead of Josefin Olsson (SWE) and Marit Bouwmeester (NED) in Silver and Bronze respectively.

5:11pm: MEDAL ALERT – Xander Schauffele (USA) has done it! He Par’s on the 18th to secure the Gold Medal by 1 stroke ahead of Slovakia’s Rory Sabbatini. There will be a 7 way playoff for Bronze.

5:07pm: MEDAL ALERT – Shi Tingmao (CHN) was won Gold in the Women’s 3m Springboard. Silver has been won by her compatriot Wang Han, with Bronze going to Krysta Palmer (USA).


5:00pm: Is there another twist in the golf yet? While we’re definitely headed for a playoff for Bronze (with five athletes tied for bronze, it may not be the only playoff.


4:47pm: Argentina has eliminated Japan from the Olympic Basketball. The Boomers will player either Argentina, or the loser of Spain v Luka Doncic (I mean, Slovenia) in the quarter finals.

Hideki Matsuyama has missed a chance to go outright 2nd in the Men’s Golf, missing a birdie put on the 17th. back in the chasing pack on -15. Xander Schauffele (USA) nails a clutch birdie putt on the 17th to give him a 1 shot lead, currently at -18 with 1 hole to play.

4:45pm: Qin has had another poor dive, with just 42.00 scored on her fourth dive. She’s out of medal contention, barring a miracle.

4:40pm: After 3 Rounds in the Women’s 3m Springboard Final, its China’s Shi Tingmao leading over Wang Han and Krysta Palmer. Australian Esther Qin is back in 12th position.

Jian Fang Lay has gone down 3-2 to Ying Han of Germany, meaning Germany has a two match lead on the Australian team.

4:35pm: Israel has won the Elimination match against Mexico 12-5.

Logan Martin won gold in the BMX Freestyle earlier today.


4:30pm: Qin has a great third drive, scoring 61.50, giving her a total of 158.45 after three dives.


We’re going to a fifth game! Jian Fang Lay hits back, levelling the score at 2-2.

4:25pm: Ying Han back in the lead, 2-1 over Fang Lay heading into the fourth game of the match.

After Round 2, Qin has slipped to 12th in the 3m Springboard final, after her low scoring second dive. It’s not over, but it will be an uphill battle from here.


4:18pm: Qin’s second dive was marred by an incomplete rotation, scoring just 29.45, and putting a dent in her medal hopes.

4:15pm: Hideki Matsuyama has gotten himself into the outright Third position, moving to -16 through 14. American Xander Schauffele has bogeyed to give Sabbatini a tie of the lead with Schauffele still with 4 to play.

Australian Cameron Smith finishes for the day at -14. A tremendous final round for the Australian hitting -5 for the day.

Fang Lay strikes back, and it’s 1-1 in Match 2 of the Table Tennis.

After Round 1 of the 3m Springboard, Qin is in third place, behind the two Chinese divers.

Australia has now equalled its Olympic Gold Medal Record from Beijing and is three shy of its best performance at an Olympics at Athens 2004. The haul is already two medals ahead of the total medals won at Rio 2016.

Today is Australia’s most successful day at the Olympics ever, with four gold medals. It passes the five occasions where Australia won three gold medals, including last week.

4:10pm: The Women’s 3m Springboard final of the Diving is on. Aussie Esther Qin will be hoping to take home a medal. Her first dive netted a score of 67.50.


4:08pm: Matt Wearn has finished the Men’s Laser medal race. He has won gold.

4:05pm: Jian Fang Lay drops the first game in her match against Ying Han, 13-11.

4:00pm: Matt Wearn is sitting second in the medal event. His final place will not matter, as long as he is not disqualified.


In case you weren’t around this morning, Emma McKeon had a successful morning in the pool, and has taken her place in the record books.

3:58pm: Aussie Cameron Smith hits back to back birdies to take him to -15 under through 17 on the final round. The Australian is currently in a 5 way tie for third ahead of Sabbatini and Schauffele in first and second place currently. Schauffele leads by 1 shot with 5 holes to play.

3:52pm: Solja and Shan have defeated Tapper and Bromley in the Round of 16 Match 1 of the Women’s Team Table Tennis, the Aussie pair going down 3-0 to the Germans. Aussie Jian Fang Lay will now take on Ying Han in Match Two.

In the Women’s 470, the Aussie team of Nia Jerwood and Monique de Vries finished 15th and 13th today in the two races, and are now 16th with one day of racing left.

3:48pm: France didn’t have to wait long. ROC has advanced to the Gold Medal Match in the Fencing Men’s Foil Team, beating the USA 45-41, the ROC will play France while the United States will play for Bronze against Japan.

3:45pm: Back-to-back two-out two-RBI singles to Israel put its lead up to 11-5 at the top of he seventh inning against Mexico. An RBI double to Scotty Burcham immediately after scored another run, taking the score to 12-5.

The German Table Tennis Team is up two games on the Australian team.

France has reached the Gold Medal Match in the Fencing Men’s Foil Team, beating Japan 42-45, they now await for the results of the semi-final between the United States and ROC.

3:40pm: Matt Wearn’s Laser Medal Race is 3 minutes from starting, as the boats all line up behind the start line.


Our recap of the Kookaburras’ thrilling quarter final penalty shootout win is here.

At the conclusion of the day’s races, the Australian Men’s 470 team of Met Belcher and Will Ryan will take a 19 point lead into the final regulation races tomorrow.

3:35pm: Australian pair of Tapper and Bromley are behind early in the Women’s Team Table Tennis round of 16 vs Germany.

Argentina lead 46-38 at half time against Japan in their final group stage match with Luis Scola and Yudai Baba leading on the scoreboard with 11.

In Baseball’s elimination game, Israel holds a 7-5 lead at the top of the seventh inning against Mexico.

3:30pm: Sabbatini birdies his final hole, taking him to -17, putting him in the silver medal position.

3:25pm: Rory Sabbatini birdies his 17th hole, taking him to -16, still 2 shots off the leader Xander Schauffele. Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama is making a charge after back to back birdies to put him in a tie for Silver with 6 holes to play.

3:20pm: The medal race in the Men’s Laser of the Sailing is about to get underway. Matt Wearn (AUS) has an unassailable lead in the competition, with 22 points advantage, and only 20 points available in the medal race. As long as he isn’t disqualified, he will win the gold medal in the event at the conclusion of the race.

3:10pm: Xander Schauffele (USA) is continuing to hold his lead in the last round of the Men’s golf. Currently -18, 3 shots ahead of Slovakian Rory Sabbatini. Australian Cameron Smith is 4 shots behind the leader, in a tie for 4th currently. Smith has 5 holes to play.

Some controversy after French Superheavyweight Mourad Aliev was disqualified.

2:46pm: After three saves for Australia, and three goals, and AUSTRALIA IS THROUGH TO THE SEMI FINALS. They defeat Netherlands 3-0 in a penalty shootout, after the score was 2-2 at the end of four quarters.


2:44pm: Ogilvie’s first shot is saved, but he recovers and puts the rebound in the back of the net within 8 seconds, making it 2-0 to Australia.

2:42pm: Blake Govers nets the first for the Australians, and they are 1-0 ahead. The Dutch have missed their second, and the Aussies are in a prime spot here.

2:40pm: Hertzberger’s (NED) shot was initially saved in the first shot of the Penalty Shootout, but there is a video review. The call stands, and the Dutch have missed the first shot.

2:33pm: The Kookaburras and the Netherlands are level at 2-2 at the end of the fourth quarter. It will be a penalty shootout to determine who advances, and who is eliminated from the Men’s Hockey.


2:32pm: Aussie Cam Smith is equal fourth at -14 through 11 holes in the golf!

2:25pm: DRAMA IN THE MEN’S HOCKEY! The Dutch have scored off the back of a penalty stroke. Lachlan Sharp found himself in the wrong place and stopped a certain Netherlands goal from a penalty corner. Upon reviewing footage, the referees concluded a penalty stroke was appropriate. Andrew Charter was unable to stop the shot and the scores are tied. With eight minutes left, the scores are 2-2, and could go either Australia or the Netherlands way.

2:20pm: Change in the commentary position, and Liz Clay sums up the feelings of the new author.

2:20pm: In the baseball, Mexico’s run-scoring inning continues at the bottom of the third, scoring its third and fourth runs after back-to-back RBI hits from Sebastian Elizalde and Joey Meneses. The score reads 6-4 to Israel.

2:18pm: Australia’s Mat Belcher & Will Ryan finished second in Race 7 of the Men’s 470. They’re still in first position overall with an 18-point lead.

2:17pm: What a run Cameron Smith’s making for Australia in the Golf!


2:16pm: Medal Alert: The Russian Olympic Committee’s Imam Khataev takes bronze in the men’s boxing light heavyweight category.

2:13pm: One quarter to go in the Men’s Hockey Quarter-Final! Australia leads The Netherlands 2-1 thanks to Tom Wickham’s two goals. There’s plenty on the line for both sides, as one will be eliminated, and the other will face Germany who defeated Rio Gold medallist Argentina 3-1 earlier today.

2:13pm: A wild pitch from Israeli pitcher Josh Zeid allows Ryan Goins to score from third, cutting Mexico’s lead over Israel to 6-2 at the bottom of the third inning in the baseball. Israel’s coach has handed the ball to Jake Fishman as Zeid’s day on the mound is over.

2:11pm: Australia’s Mat Belcher & Will Ryan are going strong in Race 7 in the Men’s 470!

2:09pm: Medal Alert: Aidan Walsh got a bronze medal in the men’s boxing welterweight category.

2:06pm: In the baseball, Mexico get a run back on Israel at the bottom of the third inning with an RBI double to Ryan Goins, scoring Jonathan Jones Jr, the score currently 6-1.

2:04pm: In the Men’s Hockey Quarter-Final, Australia is in front again after Tom Wickham scores his second goal for the day. The score is 2-1 with just over three minutes left in the third quarter.


2:02pm: That’s a wrap from the pool for Tokyo 2020.


The Mullet continues to come with the wind in the final day of Golf in the Men’s Individual Stroke Play Round 4.



1:56pm: A two-RBI single to Nick Rickles of Israel extends the team’s lead over Mexico, 6-0 at the top of the third inning with none out.


The second half of the Men’s Hockey quarter-final just started and the Dutch have already scored through Mink van der Weerden. Now 1-1 all between Australia and the Netherlands.


1:48pm: Danny Valencia of Israel has hit a three-run home run over the fence in leftfield at the top of the fourth inning to extend the team’s lead to 4-0 over Mexico in baseball’s loser-goes-home game.

1:46pm: Australia’s Cameron Smith has made a move, currently tied for fourth in the Golf.

1:43pm: After a scoreless quarter, the Australians remain one goal up at halftime in the Men’s Hockey quarter-final against the Netherlands. Should Australia maintain this lead, they will face Germany in the semi-finals.

1:40pm: Standings after 10 races in the Mixed Foiling Nacra 17 Race Sailing. Italy in first with 20 points, Australia in fourth with 41.



1:31pm: Australia’s Cameron Smith is tied for ninth in the final round of the Men’s Golf.

1:27pm: Medal Alert: Samuel Takyi has secured Ghana its first Olympic medal in 29 years. He won the second Men’s Feather 52-57kg Boxing Quarter-Final, meaning he’s taking home Bronze at the very least.



1:21pm: Quarter-time in the Men’s Hockey Elimination Quarter Final. Australia leads the Netherlands 1-0 after a goal to
Tom Wickham in the 13th minute. The Kookaburras held firm after repeated attacks from the Netherlands that quarter.


1:15pm: No goals yet in Australia versus the Netherlands in the first quarter of the Men’s Hockey Quarter Final.


1:12pm: Medal Alert: Australia’s Logan Martin takes out the first Olympic Gold Medal in the Men’s BMX Freestyle!


1:07pm: The Women’s 470 Race 7 Sailing just started.

1:05pm: Australia’s Logan Martin is now guaranteed a medal in the BMX Freestyle.

1:00pm: Israel and Mexico are about to get underway in the baseball, with the loser taking an early exit from Tokyo 2020. After neither won in their respective group stages, both sides are aiming to stay in the tournament with a win today.



12:57pm: A good start from Cameron Smith in the Golf, two birdies and a bogey in the first five.

12:55pm: The Kookaburras take on the Netherlands in an elimination Quarter Final in five minutes.


12:54pm: AustralianBMX rider Logan Martin scores 93.3 in his first run in the Final. In top position heading into the second and final run. Top score wins.

12:53pm: Medal Alert: The United States wins gold in the Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay with a time of 3:26.78 setting the World Record. Great Britain Finish with the Silver with a time of 3:27.51 and Italy take home the Bronze with 3:29.17. The Australians finished in 5th at 3:29.60

12:52pm: A valiant effort, but not enough for Canada’s women’s basketball team as they go down 66-76. Spain qualify through to the quarter-finals undefeated. Canada now faces a nervous wait in third as the remaining group games take place over the rest of the day.

12:49pm: Medal Alert: In the women’s shot put final, despite already being confirmed a gold medal win ahead of her final attempt, Gong Lijiao [CHN] still threw her sixth attempt and bettered her fifth throw score with a personal best 20.58m throw. Raven Saunders [USA] earns silver with a 19.79m throw while Valerie Adams [NZL] wins bronze with a 19.62m throw.


12:39pm: China’s Gong Lijiao has thrown a personal best 20.53m on her fifth attempt in the women’s shot put final, to extend the lead between her and the rest of the field as the final attempts begin.

12:36pm: A strong performance from Australia in Equestrian. At the end of the cross country phase, the Aussies are second in the team rankings, and Andrew Hoy (7th), Shane Rose (9th) and Kevin McNab (15th) all had good finishes in the individual rankings.

12:31pm: Emma McKeon leaves Tokyo with four Olympic Gold Medals and seven Medals total, with three additional Bronze. Her four Gold Medals are also the most by an Australian in one Olympics and she’s equal with Maria Gorokhovskaya (1952) for the most medals by a woman in one Olympics with seven.



12:27pm: Third term in the women’s basketball was all Spain, leading Canada 60-47.

12:23pm: Medal Alert: Australia takes out Gold in the Women’s Medley Relay Final and sets a new Olympic Record of 3:51.60.


12:20pm: Australia’s Steven Solomon has finished second in Heat 4 and qualified for the Men’s 400m after running 44.94, a personal best.

12:18pm: China’s Gong Lijiao still leads the women’s shot put final after three attempts, her best throw travelled 19.98m. Raven Saunders [USA] and Valerie Adams [NZL] trail in second and third currently, with .03m separating them.

12:17pm: Germany defeated Argentina 3-1 in the Men’s Hockey Quarter Final. The winner of Australia vs Netherlands, which is up next, will face the Germans in the Semi-Final.

12:12pm: Australia’s Brooke Stratton has progressed to the medal round of the women’s long jump with a 6.60m leap.

12:09pm: Medal Alert: Charlotte Worthington (GBR) wins gold with an incredible second run, scoring a 97.50, Hannah Roberts (USA) takes out the silver with a 96.10 and Nikita Ducarros (SWI) wins bronze scoring 89.20. Australia’s Natalya Diehm finishes in 5th with a score of 86.00.

12:06pm: Australia and the USA are now equal first in the gold medal count for swimming. It’ll come down to upcoming Men’s and Women’s Medley Relay Finals.

12:05pm: Today’s Boxing Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals just started.

12:04pm: Medal Alert: The US’ Robert Finke takes out Gold in the Men’s 1500m Freestyle Final with a time of 14:39.65.



11:55am: Another strong finish from Australia in Equestrian Eventing. Andrew Hoy and Vassily de Lassos finish clear and inside the time.

11:52am: China’s Gong Lijiao leads the women’s shot put final after one throw with a score of 19.95m.

11:51am: Half-time in the women’s basketball Group A match between Spain and Canada, and it’s the Spaniards who lead 40-34. Canada is fighting to advance out of the group stage, a win all but likely secures a quarter-final appearance. An interesting half-time stat: while Spain is shooting at an impressive 60%, the side hasn’t yet managed to convert any of its attempts from the three-point line

11:49am: Australia’s Alex Beck finishes sixth in Heat 1 of the Men’s 400m with a time of 45.54, a personal best.

11:45am: Final quarter of the Men’s Hockey Quarter-Final, Germany now up 2-0 over Argentina. The Kookaburras are up next.

11:42am: Medal Alert: Australia’s Emma McKeon takes out Gold in the Women’s 50m Freestyle and sets a new Olympic Record of 23.81! She’s now the most successful Australian swimmer at the Olympics with her 10th medal! Cate Campbell finished seventh.

11:41am: Cameron Smith tees off.


Australians Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell are about to compete in the final of the Women’s 50m Freestyle.


Hannah Roberts of the USA leads all comers after one round in the BMX, scoring a ridiculous 96.10.

Australia’s Natalya Diehm is currently in Bronze medal position after Run 1.


Medal Alert: The US’ Caeleb Dressel takes out Gold in the Men’s 50m Freestyle.

Sets a new Olympic Record of 21.07.


Amy Chasin finishes 11th in her 3000m Steeplechase debut in the third heat, with a time of 9:34.67.

Australia’s Genevieve Gregson advances on time as the sixth fastest non-automatic qualifier.


Natalya Diehm goes top of the standings after five riders in Women’s BMX Cycling Park Final!

86.00 puts her in first by a good margin with five riders to come in the first run.



A big day in the pool coming up!

The men’s 50m Freestyle Final kicks us off at 11:30am.

The Women’s 50m Freestyle Final will see Australians Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell go head-to-head for a spot on the podium at 11:37am.


Half-time and Germany holds a slender 1-0 advantage over Argentina in the Men’s Hockey Quarter-final


Australia’s medley relay teams for today’s finals are IN:

Women: McKeown (back), Hodges (breaststroke), McKeon (fly), C Campbell (free)

Men: Larkin (back), Stubblety-Cook (breaststroke), Temple (fly), Chalmers (free)


A great effort from Australia’s Genevieve Gregson to finish sixth in the second heat of the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase race, with a time of 9:26.11.

Amy Chasin is now competing in the third heat.


The women’s BMX freestyle final just started.

Australia’s Natalya Diehm will be riding fifth.


Australian Brooke Stratton’s first attempt in Group A of the long jump was a 6.60m jump.

Just 0.15m shy of the automatic qualifying score, 6.75m.



Australia’s Genevieve Gregson is currently top six in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase race.

She needs to finish top three for automatic qualification.


A couple of events starting soon.

It’s Table 1 of the Men’s Table Tennis Team Round of 16, Slovenia versus the Republic of Korea.

Also a Women’s Basketball Group A match-up between Canada and Spain.

Both from 11:00am.


Second-quarter of the first Men’s Hockey Quarter-Final.

Germany up 1-0 against Argentina.


The 3000m Women’s Steeplechase chase action continues with the second heat.

Australia’s Genevieve Gregson is competing.

Tough conditions for the athletes in the heat.


Australia’s Georgia Winkcup finished 13th in the first heat of the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase with a time of 9:59.

Catch the Inner Sanctum’s interview with her here!


The Track and Field events continue, the Women’s Long Jump Qualification is starting at 10:50.
Australia’s Brooke Stratton is in Group A.


Australia’s Kevin McNab and horse Don Quidam completed and scored 32.10 in the Equestrian Eventing.

McNab’s eighth in the individual standings, Shane Rose is in 6th.

Australia is currently second in the team standings with 96.20.


Australia’s Georgia Winkcup is about to compete in the first heat of the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase.


The US’ Brooke Andersen automatically qualifies with her second throw of 74m in the Women’s Hammer Throw.


The Men’s Hockey Quarter-Finals have just started.

It’s Germany versus Argentina, with Australia up later in the day against the Netherlands from 1:00pm.



Round 1 of the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase starts in 10 minutes, with Australia’s Georgia Winkcup, Genevieve Gregson and Amy Chasin in action.


A big statement made by the World Record holder in the Women’s Hammer Throw Qualification!

Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk launches with a 76.99m throw and gets automatic qualification in the first round.


Group B Men’s Handball just started.

It’s Portugal against host nation Japan, with Egypt versus Bahrain from 12:00am.


A massive day of athletics coming up.

It kicks off with the Women’s Hammer Throw Qualification at 10:10am.

But make sure to tune in from 10:40am for Round 1 of the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase, Australians Georgia Winkcup, Genevieve Gregson and Amy Chasin will compete in three separate heats.

Check out The Sanctum’s interview with Winkcup!


The Preliminary Round of the Men’s Volleyball starts at 10:00am.

A Pool A match between Poland and Canada up first.


The Men’s Foil Team event starts at 10:00am.

We’ll start with a table of 16 before reaching the Finals this afternoon.


Round of 16 of the Women’s Beach Volleyball gets underway at 10:00am.

Canada against the US up first.


Australia’s Shane Rose finished clear and under time in the Cross Country.



The Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol qualification rounds are starting soon at 9:30am.

Australia’s Sergei Evglevski is making his Olympics debut.


9:07am: Australia’s Marc Leishman is currently in action in Golf. Cameron Smith is teeing off at 11:36am and is a medal chance.


8:50am: We currently have the fourth and final round of the men’s Golf going on, and Equestrian Cross Country Team and Individual events just started.

8:45am: Hi everyone, welcome to Day 9 of The Inner Sanctum’s live blog for Tokyo 2020! Australia will be in action in 12 sports today, with six medals on the line.

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