The Australian Olympic Team had a strong day out with a gold medal in the pool, but the success wasn't limited to the pool. Catch up on all of Day 3 here.

Day three began with a bizarre false start but turned into a historic day for Australian athletes in Toyko. For all your Tokyo 2020 coverage, stay tuned to The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and the Olympics Central.

Tough start to the Triathlon

A strange incident forced a reset to the day’s first event. The competitors dived into the water for the Triathlon but had to get out and do it again after half the field was blocked by a slow-moving boat just meters from the start.


Jack Birtwhistle was the best performed Australian. He entered the final stage of the run 17 seconds off the lead after impressing in the bike stage.

Unfortunately, he was unable to close the gap and finished 16th. Matt Hauser and Aaron Royle completed the Australian contingent with 24th and 26th places respectively

It was a particularly brave effort from Birtwhistle after he suffered a broken nose in the false start. He lost no admirers although Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt took out the gold.

Gold and Bronze in the pool

Ariarne Titmus beat Katie Ledecky of the U.S.A to claim a historic Gold medal in the Women’s 400m Freestyle. It was the second Australian win of Toyko.

Ledecky led comfortably for the first 200 meters but Titmus launched a stunning final stretch to close the gap and finish ahead by 0.67 seconds.

Amidst the celebrations, her coach delivered what must be the best celebration of the Games.


READ: Toyko 2020 Titmus draws first blood in battle with Ledecky

Emma Mckeon surged late in her 100-meter Butterfly to claim Bronze. Canada’sMaggie MacNeil and Zhang Yufei of China finished first and second but all Aussie eyes were on Mckeon who won her sixth Olympic medal and achieved a personal best of 55.72 seconds.

Ressurection in the Rugby 7’s

A late and thrilling comeback by Australia in the Rugby 7’s was not enough to defeat Argentina. The Aussies were jumped early and were down 0-24 by halftime. They rallied to try and steal a victory but had to settle for an honourable defeat 19-29 in their first game of the day.


There was a chance for Australian redemption later in the evening against The Republic of Korea. In a must-win match they won 42-5 to guarantee a top two spot.

Mixed fortunes in the waves

In the women Surfing, Stephanie Gilmore was eliminated from the Shortboard event. She finished with a score of 10 against Bianca Biutendag’s 13.91 in Heat one.

Gilmore needed a strong score to overtake the South African but had no luck in unfavourable conditions.

“It’s pretty tricky to get the good ones,” said Gilmore of the waves.

“I let Bianca get a good one when I had priority…she turned it into the highest score of the heat.

“(It) just wasn’t my day… that’s just the nature of surfing we’re always dealing with the ocean.

“Sometimes the waves come sometimes they don’t. “

Sally Fitzgibbons fared better later in the morning. going head to head to France’s Pauline Ado she recorded a winning score of 10.86 to her opponent’s 9.03. Fitzgibbons is through to the quarter-final and was understandably jubilant after the win.


Julian Wilson took to the waves later in the day. he faced Gabriel Medina and could not retake the lead against the Brazillian star, going down 14.33 to 13.

Hockeyroos win ruthlessly

Following on from yesterday’s 3-1 win over Spain, the Hockeyroo’s defeated China 6-0 in a brutal attacking display.

Emily Chalker got Australia off to the perfect start with two goals in the first 22 minutes. They pummelled the goal for the remainder of the second quarter but could not add to their lead before the break.

The third goal arrived early in the second half. Brooke Peris turned in a bouncing ball and the floodgates opened.


Ambrosia Malone, Steph Kershaw, and Grace Steward rounded out the scoring. The sixth and final goal slipped between the ankles of the Chinese Goalkeeper and bobbled over the line.

READ: Tokyo 2020 Recap: Women’s Hockey- Australia vs China

Jian Fang Lay swaggers into the next round

In the Women’s Table Tennis, Australia’s Jian Fang Lay defeated Li Quan of Poland. She took an early lead, winning the first game 11-7, and backed it up with the second.

Her place in Round Three was sealed when she won the sixth game 11-4. She will meet Germany’s Han Ying tomorrow and on her current form will be confident of making the finals.

David Powell was bundled out of the games by Slovakia’s Wang Yan. The Aussie lost 4-0 and was unable to gain a foothold in the match.

Millman in epic encounter

In the Men’s Tennis, Australian John Millman fought back after going a game down but could not defeat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

In oppressive heat, Millman battled bravely but fell 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 to the Spaniard.


After going down 5-1 in the third set he dragged it back to 5-2 but Davidovich Fokina was able to hold his nerve to win the match.

Hayley Wilson comes close

Australia’s first ever female Olympic Skateboarder Hayley Wilson finished just outside the qualifying places in Heat Three. However, she lost no admirers after a strong effort and entertaining run in the Street event.

After a smooth start, she finished with the lowest score of the first run but recovered for the second. She landed the first four tricks and scored a 3.31 to improve on her earlier 0.93 tally.

Wilson wheeled away with arms pumping, delighted with her performance as she went into the Best Trick section.


She succeeded in her last effort but finished 10th with only the top eight progressing.

No room for error in the Canoe

Dan Watkins put in a brilliant performance in the canoe slalom semi final. In his first Olympic appearance he produced the second best time and looked a good chance of a podium finish.

In the final he started in the same way. His run looked on target until he lost a few vital seconds due to “One really big mistake.”


“I wasted 10 seconds paddling away from the finish line,” he lamented post-race.

“Take out the middle and I was mostly performing well under stress.”

It was a ninth-place finish to cap off a remarkable performance in the rapids.

Second Round success for Tennis Doubles

Ash Barty returned to her winning ways with the help of Storm Sanders. The pair won their doubles match against China 6-4, 6-4 to go through to the next stage. Joining them was the team of Sam Stosur and Ellen Perez who accounted for Romania.

There are no women left in singles competition for the tennis but there is a medal hope in the doubles still.

Jade clears the wall

Australia trailed in the Softball by 4 runs to nil when Jade Wall stepped up to the plate and hit a spectacular home run. The Aussie Spirit’s first score of the game gave them a fighting chance in the seventh and final inning.


However, they were unable to score the three runs needed to send it to extra innings and Mexico were able to hold onto their lead.

Read our recap of the match here.

Mexico progresses through to face Canada in the Bronze Medal game. The fifth place finish means this is the first Australian team not to medal in Olympic Softball since the sport’s introduction.

Everybody Back in the pool

Australians were back in the water in the evening for the Heats of the 200m Women’s Freestyle. In Heat 2, Madison Wilson qualified in third place and in Heat 4, the morning’s Gold medallist Ariarne Titmus finished first after another strong finish.

In the Women’s 1500m Freestyle, Maddy Gough and Kiah Melverton qualified for the final. The two Australian’s finished seventh and eighth overall and American Katie Ledecky qualified fastest.

Our full recap of the swimming today is here.

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