Not to labour the point, but Alex Porter, who came off his bike in that horrific crash at the velodrome last night, has spoken about the moment when his handlebars snapped off the frame of his bike in a freak incident that is now the subject of an investigation.
The Australian, who lost most of the skin down the centre of his face and a “good chunk” off his arm in the crash, said he was “really angry”.
He told Channel Seven: “To be honest, my brain is still trying to kind of work it out. At first I thought it was a dream because my brain couldn’t work out what was happening and just before I hit the track it kind of clicked that something in the front of my bike had just fallen away and then before I knew it I was sliding.
“I was really angry. I was really frustrated. We had all put in so much hard work. I had this feeling before the start that we were going to be able to go out there and do something special. It was purely just frustration and anger at first. But, yeah, then I had to come in and refocus so we could go again.
“I remember Tim came up to me, my coach, and he asked me if I was OK, asked me if I was ready to go. I have just looked at him and it was like, ‘It is the Olympic Games, Tim, this is what we have trained all this is what we have trained all this time for’. I am not letting something like this stop us now. We have everyone behind us. This is just a minor speed bump, let’s go.”
Okay, if you’ve been doing something other than devoting your life to the Olympics and/or this liveblog – and I do believe there are people out there who fit this bill – here’s an update on what’s happened today.
Norwegian Karsten Warholm completely obliterated his own world record in the final of the men’s 400m hurdles. The Norwegian cleared away from USA’s Rai Benjamin in the closing 20 metres to stop the clock in a barely believable 45.94
Lisa Carrington, the GOAT in a boat, won two gold medals – first in the women’s K1 200m final – in Olympic best time – and then with Caitlin Regal in the women’s kayak double 500m final. Carrington now has five Olympic medals and three straight golds in the K1 class
Germany’s Malaika Mihambo won gold in the women’s long jump, jumping 7.00m with her last effort to beat USA’s Brittney Reece and Nigeria’s Ese Brume
Evergreen USA sprinter Allyson Felix, competing in her fifth Games, won her 400m heat in 50.84 but the Rio silver medalist was shaded by the heat run of Dominican Republic’s Marileidy Paulino, who clocked 50.06
USA’s Kenneth Bednarek set tongues wagging with a sizzling 20.01 heat run of the men’s 200m. Countryman Erriyon Knighton, the teen running quicker times than Usain Bolt at the corresponding age, won his heat in 20.55
Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, the the Belarusian sprinter who refused to fly home on team orders, sought refuge at the Polish embassy in Tokyo and has been offered a humanitarian visa by Poland.
And some of Australia’s “young athletes” have been a bit naughty, trashing their rooms in the Olympic village.
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Diving: the semi-finals of the men’s 3m springboard took place earlier today and we are not that far away from the final taking place.
Team GB have a strong hand with Jack Laugher and James Heatly qualifying from the semis in the top four positions. But both will do well to get the better of Chinese pair Siyi Xie and Zongyuan Wang, the the men’s synchronised 3m springboard gold medal winners.
They were the standout divers earlier today, with Xie racking up a total of 543.45 qualifying points – three more than Wang and almost 30 clear of Laugher in third place. USA’s Andrew Capobianco just snuck into the final in 10th position of the 12 qualifiers.
A little summary of the action so far for fans of Team GB just waking up:
Sailing: the first gold of what could be a bumper haul on day 11 in Tokyo has been won by Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell, who held off Germany by a matter of centimetres to win the men’s 49er race. More medals are expected to follow in the Finn and mixed Nacra 17 classes.
Athletics: Adam Gemili tore his hamstring on the warm-up track – and then took nearly two minutes to hobble around his 200m heat.
Boxing: Caroline Dubois lost her quarter-final against Sudaporn Seesondee of Thailand; Pat McCormack goes for gold in his welterweight final later.
Diving: James Laugher and James Heatly have made it through to the 3m springboard final.
Cycling: Laura and Jason Kenny chase records when they go for gold in the women’s team pursuit and men’s team sprint later.
Britannia rules the waves. It’s kind of official now.
Men’s basketball: down by as many as 11 points at one stage, USA have roared back in their quarter-final against Spain to level affairs at 43 points apiece at half-time. Anyone who thought all the Americans had to do was rock up to advance to the semis is sorely mistaken. Kevin Durant is the leading points scorer for USA with 12 – though with a lowly 40% accuracy – while Spain’s Rubio Ricky leads all scorers with 13. Big second half coming up.
Last night’s spectacular crash in the velodrome, when Alex Porter‘s handlebar appeared to snap clean off his bike mid-race, has prompted AusCycling to launch an investigation into the rare technical mishap.
“Discussion concerning what caused the incident is understandable, but it is clear that it will take some time to establish exactly what happened,” AusCycling said in a statement on Tuesday. “While the immediate focus is on the success of the Australian cycling team across the remainder of the Olympic program, there will be a thorough investigation and review of the factors involved in the incident.”
Porter came flying off his bike after 1,000m when his handlebar appeared to snap clean off his bike. While the Australians were permitted a second qualifying attempt, the fatigue of their first part of their initial effort – and shock at Porter’s crash – saw them record a slower time than expected. Their gold medal hopes are over.
A high-performance bike is made up of many parts, but AusCycling confirmed the part involved in the incident was not manufactured by Argon 18, which supplies bikes to the national team. Bastion Cycles – a supplier of parts for the bikes – said it is also conducting an investigation into the incident.
“Our first concern was for Alex Porter and the entire team,” co-founder Ben Schultz said. “We are in constant contact with the Australian Olympic cycling team and coaches, and give our assurances that we are using all means available to investigate why this occurred. Our focus at this time is to continue supporting the Australian cycling team for the remainder of the competition.”
Team GB win men’s skiff 49er gold!
There was nothing in it in the medal race as Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell held off Germany by little more than a few centimetres. The win hands Team GB their first Olympic gold in this class and relegates the dominant New Zealand duo Peter Burling and Blair Tuke to silver medal position. After a disappointing day on the track for Team GB, this is just the tonic.
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Men’s basketball: it’s quarter-finals time at Tokyo 2020. In the first knockout, Slovenia thrashed Germany 94-70 and it is quarter-time between USA and Spain … the Spanish leading 21-19.
Olympic Boxing in a stadium without crowds at the Kokugikan Arena is a unique experience. Every punch and audible exertion echoes across the arena while the atmosphere is provided only by the boxers’ countrymen and women from the stands.
As Carlo Paalam of the Philippines defeated Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zoirov in the men’s 48-52kg quarterfinal earlier, Paalam fell to his knees in joy while his compatriots in the stands brandished their flags and screamed loudly.
Meanwhile, the Ghanaian delegation that was just watching their fighter Samuel Takyi has come to Tokyo equipped with drums. Teammates of his American opponent, Duke Ragan, burst out into numerous “USA! USA!” cheers.
A volunteer just walked around holding a laminated card instructing people in the crowd to sit down and refrain from chanting. Good luck with that.
Caroline Dubois, the Guardian’s columnist in Tokyo, boxed well but lost on points to Sudaporn Seesondee in the quarter-final of the women’s light (57-60kg) competition.
Canoe sprint: before we leave the sparkling waters of the Sea Forest Waterway, let’s tie up some loose ends from today’s medal races.
In addition to Lisa Carrington‘s heroics, Cuba won gold in the men’s canoe double 1000m from China and Germany. And Hungarian Balint Kopasz added an Olympic gold to his world title when winning the men’s kayak single 1000m from compatriot Adam Varga and Portuguese Fernando Pimenta. Australia’s Thomas Green struggled into seventh place.
In Carrington’s K1 200m race, Team GB’s Deborah Kerr finished eighth of nine. And in New Zealand’s K2 500m final, Australian duo Australian duo Alyssa Bull and Alyce Wood finished a creditable fifth.
Canoe sprint: Lisa Carrington, take a bow. Carrington, and by extension New Zealand, have had quite a day at the Sea Forest Waterway.
First there was her win in the women’s kayak single 200m final – in an Olympic best time of 38.120. But not content with that, Carrington then teamed with Caitlin Regal to win gold from Poland and Hungary in the women’s kayak double 500m – also in an Olympic best time (1:35.785).
Carrington joins fellow kayakers Ian Ferguson and Paul MacDonald and equestrian star Sir Mark Todd as the only Kiwis to win five Olympic medals. Her win in the K1 was her third straight Olympic gold in that class after victories in London and Rio.
Stunning. Utterly stunning. She the GOAT in a boat. No argument.
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A disastrous Olympic Games for Team GB’s sprinters became even worse on Wednesday as Adam Gemili tore his hamstring on the warm-up track – and then took nearly two minutes to hobble around his 200m heat.
With Nathaneel Mitchell-Blake also failing to get out of his 200m heat it meant that the litany of woes – which has included Zharnel Hughes false-starting in the 100m final – continued.
With Dina Asher-Smith, who was strongly fancied to win a 100m and 200m medal, also tearing a hamstring just five weeks before the Tokyo Games it has not been the Olympics that UKA head coach Christian Malcolm would have envisaged in his worst nightmares.
Asher-Smith bravely recovered to reach the semi-finals and could yet win a 4x100m women’s relay medal, but Gemili’s absence will hit the men’s 4x100m team hard.
Speaking after hobbling across the line in one min 58.18 sec, having pulled up a few strides out of the blocks, Gemili said he had injured his hamstring on the last run before he entered the call room.
“On the last blocks start I literally felt it go,” he said. “I had to try but I’m in so much pain right now – I said to my physio, just strap it up and let me at least try to push out but I can tell straight away. You don’t just cramp up when you sprint so it was a tear. I can’t believe this has happened.”
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Krystsina Tsimanouskaya: An update on the Belarusian sprinter’s situation has come from the IOC, which is awaiting a report from the Belarusian National Olympic Committee later today.
Spokesperson Mark Adams said the IOC has twice spoken with the athlete on Tuesday as it attempts to get all the facts before taking any further action.
Tsimanouskaya, who refused to fly home on team orders, sought refuge at the Polish embassy in Tokyo and has been offered a humanitarian visa by Poland.
She is in a “safe situation”, the Japanese foreign minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Tuesday. “We, in cooperation with relevant parties, are trying to keep her safe.”
Canoe sprint: some canoe sprint? Why not. And it’s yet more gold for New Zealand and the incredible Lisa Carrington, along with Caitlin Regal, win the women’s kayak double ahead of Hungary and Poland. Australian duo Alyssa Bull and Alyce Wood cross the line in fifth.
Women’s javelin throw: so before we leave the athletics behind for the time being, USA’s Maggie Malone and Australia’s Kelsey-Lee Barber were the standout performers in Group B qualifying. But there will be no final appearance for Czech champ Barbora Spotakova, the 40-year-old finishing ninth in the group and failing to qualify for the final.
Apologies, I’m a little flushed after that 400m hurdles final. Now, back to business. Or monkey business more like. And here’s me thinking only rock stars trashed rooms.
Those “young people”, eh Ian Chesterman?!?!
Karsten Warholm (NOR) wins men’s 400m hurdles gold!
And in world record time if you don’t mind. The great Norwegian himself looks stunned. As well he might. Warholm cleared away from USA’s Rai Benjamin in the closing 20 metres to stop the clock at an utterly astounding 45.94. Wow. He has smashed through the 46-second barrier. Speechless.
Quite a remarkable performance – one of the greatest the Olympic Games has seen – and a remarkable race for that matter. Warholm was the star turn, of course, but silver medalist Benjamin ran an area record of 46.17, bronze medalist Alison dos Santos (BRA) did the same in 46.72 and area records or national records were run all the way down to seventh place.
This race, this run by Warholm, will be talked about for years to come. That time: 45.94!!!!!! That would be competitive in some races on the flat over 400m.
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Malaika Mihambo (GER) wins women’s long jump gold!
Huge final jump of 7.00m from the German to add an Olympic gold to her world title. USA’s Brittney Reece (6.97m) was in front for most of the session but could not better Mihambo’s last effort and will have to make do with silver, which she won from Nigeria’s Ese Brume on countback.
USA’s Tara Davis was not far off with a best jump of 6.84m in sixth place but she was inconsolable after the event. Australia’s Brooke Stratton (6.83m, seventh) jumped well while Jazmin Sawyers (6.80m, eighth) and Abigail Irozuru (6.51m, 11th) rounded out Team GB’s performance in the event.
Women’s long jump final:
Mihambo jumps first and it looks a long one … she jumps 7.00m to move into gold medal position!!!!!!
Brume next … 6.90m. Good but no cigar. Bronze at best for the Nigerian.
And now Reese … no, 6.84m is not enough and it will be a silver medal for the American.
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Women’s long jump final: Brittney Reese, Ese Brume and Malaika Mihambo officially will finish in the medals. But in what order? Let’s see.
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Women’s long jump final: into the final round of jumps now. USA’s Brittney Reese is still holding sway with that jump of 6.97m, ahead of Nigeria’s Ese Brume and Germany’s Malaika Mihambo.
There will be no medal for Australia’s Brooke Stratton, whose best jump of 6.83m was good but not good enough to finished higher than seventh. One spot higher sits USA’s Tara Davis with a best of 6.84m. Not long now for the remaining jumpers to make a charge at the top three, or indeed for the top three to change their order.
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Men’s 200m heats: Canadian Aaron Brown took out the fifth heat in a leisurely 20.38, with Liberian Joseph Fahnbulleh coming second and Swiss William Reais third.
But tongues were wagging after the running of the sixth heat as USA’s Kenneth Bednarek cleared away in a sizzling time of 20.01. In his wake was a runner-up, Yancarlos Martinez, who set a new Dominican record, and four other men who ran seasonal best times. Impressive.
Team GB’s Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (20.56) was one of those sprinters but he finished fifth and won’t be progressing beyond this stage.
In the last of the seven heats, Noah Lyles won in 20.18 to cap a good session for USA sprinters. This heat included Eswatini Sibusiso Matsenjwa, who was disqualified from heat three but reinstated here on protest.
Just as well he did kick up a fuss: Matsenjwa ran second to Lyles in a national record time of 20.34.
Today promises to be a big day for Team GB, with a possible eight golds on offer and a surge up the medal table in the offing.
Two could come at the velodrome, with Jason and Laura Kenny going for a first double gold bid in the women’s and men’s pursuit finals. If Laura wins she will have five Olympic golds to her name, and this would be her third team pursuit gold in a row; if Jason wins he will have a seventh Olympic gold to pull clear of British great Chris Hoy.
Also up for grabs are four golds in the sailing, which is back on after yesterday’s postponement due to a lack of wind, while Pat McCormack in the boxing ring and 19-year-old Keely Hodgkinson in the women’s 800m are also chances to win gold for GB.
Yesterday wasn’t bad, either.
Women’s long jump final: the cream is rising to the top at the Olympic Stadium. USA’s Brittney Reese is getting better as the session progresses and after three jumps she is showing the way with a jump of 6.97m.
Nigeria’s Ese Brume has also jumped 6.97m but presently sits second on countback. Germany’s Malaika Mihambo, considered Reece’s main threat in this event, is in bronze medal position but Team GB’s Jazmin Sawyers (6.74m), Abigail Irozuru (6.27m), Australia’s Brooke Stratton (6.83m) and USA’s Tara Davis (6.84m) will want to get a wriggle on if they are to push for a medal.
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Men’s 200m heats: Qatari Femi Ogunode has taken out the third heat in a time of 20.37, just ahead of Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev and decorated Canadian Andre de Grasse, the 2016 200m final runner-up behind Usain Bolt. De Grasse barely got out of first gear here, but he did what he needed to do.
Heartbreak for Eswatini sprinter Sibusiso Matsenjwa, who jumped the gun and was shown the red card.
The fourth heat has gone the way of wunderkind American teen Erriyon Knighton, who showed glimpses of his immense talent to stop the clock at 20.55. Much is expected of this raw 17-year-old. A heat to forget for Team GB’s Rio fourth Adam Gemili, who pulled up soon after the start.
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Women’s long jump final: we are into the second round of jumps now and Nigeria’s Ese Brume sits at the top of the pops with an jump of 6.97m. USA’s gold medal fancy, Brittney Reese, improved on her opening 6.60m effort with a 6.81m jump to rise to fourth behind Brume, Germany’s Malaika Mihambo and Serbian Ivana Spanovic.
Team GB’s Jazmin Sawyers fluffed her first jump but got her act together next time, jumping 6.80m while Australia’s Brooke Stratton put her opening illegal jump behind her to register 6.52m.
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Men’s 200m heats: veteran Jamaican Rasheed Dwyer has taken out the first heat in a time of 20.31, with Divine Oduduro (NGR) and Anaso Jobodwana (RSA) also through to the semi-finals.
In the second heat, Trinidadian Jereem Richards more or less coasted around for a Tuesday stroll in a time of 20.52. Shaun Maswanganyi (RSA) and Dutchman Taymir Burnet have also the progressed, the latter running a seasonal best.
Women’s beach volleyball quarter-finals: a clinical performance by USA’s Alix Klineman and April Ross to beat Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Margareta Kozuch in straight sets, 21-19 in the first and 21-19 in the second.
Australia’s Mariafe Artacho del Solar (not sure I’ll ever tire of that name) and Taliqua Clancy are in action later on today against Canada.
And now, the news you’ve all been waiting for.
Drum roll please …
Put your hands together for today’s Covid update.
Tokyo Olympics organisers reported on Tuesday 18 new Games-related Covid-19 cases, bringing the total since 1 July to 294.
Don’t say I don’t give you nuthin’.
The women’s long jump final has just commenced. USA’s Brittney Reese, the London gold medalist and one of the favourties here in Tokyo, gets her session under way with what can only be termed a loosener, hitting the sand at 6.60m in an effort she will no doubt better. Australia’s Brooke Stratton begins with a foul. She, too, will be looking to improve on that. Naturally.
The early pace is being set by Germany’s Malaika Mihambo with a jump of 6.83m but there is a looooooooooong way to go.
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Women’s javelin: Poland’s Maria Andrejczyk has already advanced to the final courtesy of a 65.24m throw – comfortably clear of the 63.00m distance required to progress automatically. Australia’s Mackenzie Little is enjoying an excellent day, sitting second in Group A with a personal-best throw of 62.37m. USA’s Kara Winger is some way down the field with an effort of 59.71m.
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Sailing: okay, no more Rod Stewart references but the good news is Sailing is back on!
Competition is set to resume at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour as winds are expected to pick up on Tuesday following the cancellation of Monday’s action.
Monday’s medal races in the men’s and women’s 49er category will now take place on Tuesday, with the men’s Finn class and the mixed Nacra 17 category also down for a decision on a busy day at the harbour.
A weather forecast from governing body World Sailing predicts winds of 10 to 12 knots in the middle of the day.
Before we move on from the women’s 400m heats, good news for Team GB with Ama Pipi just scraping into the semi-finals. She joins compatriot Jodie Williams in the next phase of races.
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Women’s 400m: onto the last of the six heats and a highly impressive run by Dominican Republic’s Marileidy Paulino to win in a fast 50.06 after putting the race to bed rounding the final bend. USA’s Wadeline Jonathas finishes some way behind in second but is safely through to the semis, as is Lieke Klaver of the Netherlands. It was such a quick heat that the fourth and fifth placegetters – Aauri Lorena Bokesa of Spain and Eleni Artymata of Cyprus – are also through as two of the fastest losers.
Some very tired runners out there. It’s a hot one in Tokyo today.
Women’s 400m: veteran Jamaican Stephenie Ann McPherson, sixth in the Rio 400m final, wins heat five in a competitive-looking 50.89. Natalia Kaczmarek and Paolo Moran are the other automatic qualifiers, the latter running a seasonal best.
Okay, so Team GB’s Nicole Yeargin has been booted out of the 400m event due to lane infringement. Heartbreaking for the Brit as she finished third in her heat and would have made it through to the semi-finals.
Women’s 400m: impressive run by Jamaica’s Candice McLeod, at least visually, to clear away in the straight from Amandine Brossier, whose time of 51.65 is a French national record. Austrian Susanne Walli is also through to the semis but the big news out of the heat is the fate of Team GB’s Nicole Yeargin, who actually finished third but has been disqualified. Keep you posted on that one.
Women’s 400m: heat three is next. The evergreen USA runner Allyson Felix is in lane four. Incredibly, this is her fifth Olympic Games. And it’s little more than a stroll in the park for the Rio silver medalist as she wins in 50.84 from Jamaica’s Roneisha McGregor. Team GB’s Ama Pipi was just nosed out of third place and will have to wait and see if she progresses to the semis as one of the next six fastest.
Thanks Tom. Always a pleasure to pick up what you’ve put down. Big day at the Olympics today – aren’t they all? – with medals galore up for grabs both on land and in water.
Looking forward to the football, hockey, basketball and cycling later on (and, of course, sport climbing) but for now it’s all happening at the National Stadium, or the Olympic Stadium, or whatever it’s called.
Also looking forward to your company again today. Let’s do it.
Allyson Felix of six gold medals fame is next in the 400m heats at her fifth Olympics. Scott Heinrich will take you through the action. Bye!
Australia’s Bendere Oboya, GB’s Jodie Williams and Quanera Hayes of the US are in heat two. Williams, Hayes and Portugal’s Catia Azevedo finish 1-2-3. Oboya is fifth.
Meanwhile, Portugal’s Pedro Pablo Pichardo puts in a huge jump to win the men’s triple jump qualifying. Turkey’s Necati Er and China’s Zhu Yaming also looked good. USA’s Donald Scott and Will Claye also made it. But their compatriot Chris Benard and GB’s Ben Williams missed out.
The women’s 400m heats now. The defending champion, Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas, begins her campaign in lane two. She jogs around and still wins a ridiculously relaxed run, but then again she’s in the 200m final later today. Roxana Gomez of Cuba and Sada Williams of Barbados are the other automatic qualifiers.
The snappily titled Canoe Sprint Women’s K1 200m has taken place and we now have our line-up for the final. NZ’s Lisa Carrington, GB’s Deborah Kerr and Canada’s Andreanne Langlois all made it.
Emma Jorgensen (Denmark), Poland’s Marta Walczykiewicz, Spain’s Teresa Portela Rivas, Linnea Stensils (Sweden), Francesca Genzo of Italy and Hungary’s Dora Lucz (no relation) are also through.
The women’s beach volleyball quarter-finals are on. USA’s Alix Klineman and April Ross lead Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Margareta Kozuch after winning the first set. It’s 15-15 in the second.
Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen is a favourite in this race, and we also have Soufiane Elbakkali of Morocco who won gold in the steeplechase last night – give the man a rest. Nick Willis is 38 (38!) and racing for New Zealand.
Ingebrigtsen hangs at the back early on. Yared Nuguse of the US pulled out just before the start with a quad injury. The talented Stewart McSweyn of Australia leads us out pursued by GB’s Jake Heyward (and no bear). The Aussie and Brit have a big lead at the bell. They are inevitable chased down but both make it to the semifinals. Ingebrigtsen decides to lope up late and grab his place. Ethiopia’s Teddese Lemi, Robert Farken of Germany and Spain’s Adel Mechaal also qualify.
And that’s the men’s 1500m heats done. GB’s Josh Kerr, NZ’s Nick Willis, Ireland’s Andrew Coscoran, Spain’s Ignacio Fontes, Djibouti’s Ayanleh Souleiman and Kenya’s Charles Cheboi Simotwo all go through as fastest losers.
Elbakkali, the steeplechase champ, decided last night’s exertions were too much and pulled out on the final lap, knowing his legs were gone.
Heat two of the men’s 1500m now and we will see the defending champion, USA’s Matthew Centrowitz. Also running is Aussie Jye Edwards, GB’s Jake Wightman and NZ’s Samuel Tanner. Centrowitz finished in the US trials but he’s a crafty veteran and has the smarts to make the final at least.
The track may be wet but it’s still 86F/30C at 9.20am in the morning in Tokyo. Perhaps that’s why the pace of the first lap is so slow – 62 seconds. That slow pace means no one is out of it on the final lap with everyone bunched up. Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski falls and nudges Jye Edwards, but the Aussie stays on his feet. Then Morocco’s Anass Essayi falls too!
The champ Centrowitz goes through in second behind Kenya’s Abel Kipsang. Luxembourg’s Charles Grethen also makes it as does GB’s Jake Wightman, France’s Azeddine Habz and Ethiopia’s Samuel Abate. Australia’s Jye Edwards recovers from that nudge to finish in seventh but it’s a slow time and he probably won’t make the seimifinal.
The men’s 1500m is next. The defending champion is USA’s Matthew Centrowitz, who caused a shock in Rio when he became the first American to win the Olympic final since 1908. He’s in the second heat. But first up, logically is heat one. The first six runners qualify automatically.
It’s a soggy track after overnight rain but I’m sure the athletes are happy to escape from the blistering sun. Australia’s Olly Hoare is the early leader on the first lap. The shock is Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera, considered a medal contender, who fades very badly and finishes down the field. Australia’s Hoare and USA’s Cole Hocker finishing in the qualifying spots alongside Belgium’s Ismael Debjani, Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot, Poland’s Michal Rozmys and Morocco’s Abdelatif Sadiki. GB’s Josh Kerr is seventh and faces a wait to see if he’ll progress as a fastest loser. It was a fairly slow race though, so he may not be lucky.
If you’re wondering where the actual sport is, the first event starts at 9am local time in Japan. Or around five minutes if you can’t be bothered to work out the time difference. First up is the men’s triple jump qualification and 1500m heats; and the women’s beach volleyball quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, reader Kurt Perleberg has a question. “Who will win the most medals in the Olympics, China or America?” The US have the most at the moment but China have more golds. I think the US will end up edging it, just.
It was a momentous day in the weightlifting on Monday. Sean Ingle was there to witness it:
History was made on a Tokyo evening of superhuman strength and simmering tension as Laurel Hubbard, a 43-year-old weightlifter from New Zealand, became the first openly trans woman athlete to compete at an Olympic Games.
But Hubbard, who was born male but began identifying as a woman in 2013, buckled under pressure of the world’s gaze, as well as the weight of the huge bar she was trying to thrust over her head. Twice the barbell, which had 120kg and then 125kg on it, fell behind her after she had snatched it powerfully from the floor. On another occasion Hubbard got it off the ground and appeared to have made a successive lift, only for two of the three judges to rule she did not have full control.
She left the arena having smiled and drawn a heart with her hands. It was a rapid and surprising end to her Olympic dreams and it meant she finished last in the over-87kg super-heavyweight category, won easily by China’s Li Wenwen. Britain’s Emily Campbell claimed a superb silver – and Team GB’s first ever female weightlifting medal.
You can read the full article below:
And now we’ve done the day for Australia, we may as well look at US chances/highlights.
9pm EDT/2am EDT: men’s 3m springboard semi-final/final
A total of 18 divers will compete in the morning semi-final, and the top 12 scorers advance to the afternoon final. One American, Andrew Capobianco, qualified for the semi; he won a silver in the synchronized event last week. Capobianco, 21, finished 17th in the preliminary round.
9.50pm EDT: women’s long jump final
Two Americans, Brittney Reese and Tara Davis, qualified for the long jump final, competing in a field of 12. Reese is ranked No 5 in the world, Davis No 15, but Davis is having a career year. The Americans will face stiff competition if they hope to medal; the top four jumpers in the world ahead of Reese qualified for the final, as did Nos 7, 8, 10 and 11 ahead of Davis.
11.20pm EDT: men’s 400m hurdles final
Rai Benjamin, 24, is competing in his first Olympics in Tokyo and is favored to medal in the 400m hurdles after placing second in his semi-final heat. Benjamin is the second-ranked athlete in the world in the event, and he posted a personal-best time of 46.83 seconds at the US trials in June–which also marked the second-fastest time anyone has ever posted in the event.
2.33am: mixed Nacra 17 sailing medal race
Americans Anna Weiss and Riley Gibbs will sail for a medal in Enoshima in the mixed event. Both are competing in their first Olympics, but as a pair, they were Pan American Games Champions in 2019 and won a bronze medal at the Oceania Championship in 2020.
2.44am/4.19am EDT: women’s team pursuit cycling first round heat three/finals
The US team of Jennifer Valente, Chloe Dygert, Emma White and Lily Williams will race against the British team in heat three of the team pursuit first round. The winner of that race will advance to face the winner of the heat four matchup between Germany and Italy. The losers of those heats will be entered into a pool with the remaining four teams and seeded by first-round times; two fastest teams in that pool will compete for bronze.
4.50am EDT: women’s balance beam final
Simone Biles will return for one last Olympic event: the balance beam final. After withdrawing from the team competition and the rest of her individual events citing mental health strains, Biles will compete in one final competition at the Games before she retires. Sunisa Lee, the 18-year-old who helped propel Team USA to a silver in the team competition and won gold in the individual all-around last week, will also compete in the event.
5.39am EDT: men’s horizontal bar final
Brody Malone, the US’s reigning national champion, placed 10th in the all-around–but he did execute a new trick on the parallel bars, which will be named for him in the code of points. He has a chance for his first medal in the horizontal bar individual event, where he’s had strong showings at past NCAA championships, winning gold in 2019 and ’21.
6.20am EDT: men’s pole vault final
Two Americans, KC Lightfoot and Chris Nilsen, advanced to the pole vault final after clearing the 5.75 meter mark in the semis. Nilsen is the fifth-ranked pole vaulter in the world, and Lightfoot, 21, cleared six meters on a jump at a meet in February, setting a collegiate indoor pole vault record.
7.35am EDT: women’s hammer throw final
Three Americans–Brooke Andersen, DeAnna Price and Gwen Berry–qualified for the final field of 12 in the hammer throw, where the US has a solid chance to medal. Price is the top ranked thrower in the world; she set an American record at the Olympic trials in June, when her 80.31-meter throw marked the second-farthest throw in history. Berry, who’s No 6 on the all-time list of longest throws, has made a name for herself protesting injustice in American and systemic racism. She, like Price, is looking for her first Olympic medal, as is Andersen.
8.25am EDT: women’s 800m final
Both Raevyn Rogers and Athing Mu won their respective heats in the semi-final of the 800m, and the two Americans are eyeing medals in the final. Rogers, 24, ran at Oregon and set a collegiate record there in the 800, and Mu, 19, races for Texas A&M. She’s become a breakout face at these Olympics after winning the 800 handily at the US trials–even after stumbling. Her time at the trials was the fastest anyone has run the 800 this year, and she wasn’t even challenged at the end of the race and coasted to the finish.
8.50am EDT: women’s 200m final
At the Olympic trials, Gabrielle Thomas became the second-fastest woman of all time in the 200m race, ahead of Marion Jones and behind only Florence Griffith-Joyner. Thomas, who was diagnosed with a benign liver tumor earlier this year and is studying for a master’s degree in epidemiology, is eyeing gold in Tokyo.
Australia are flying high in the medal table: fourth, just above Definitely Not Russia. What chance more medals today? Well, Kurtis Marschall and Brooke Stratton go for track and field medals, track cycling continues in the velodrome, sailing medals are on offer and the Kookaburras face Germany in a hockey semi-final. For a full rundown, read our handy guide to Aussies on Day 11:
at 7.24pm EDT
The big news of the day (APART FROM THIS) is the return of Simone Biles. I tend to think she thought: “I may as well give it a shot, even if I only come out and all I can do is walk down the beam”. However, my colleague Bryan Graham – who actually knows about gymnastics – thinks the mental block she has experienced won’t be such a problem on the beam as it’s only in twists that she has been losing her bearings in the air. Her dismount from the beam is a a double back dismount. No twists – no twisties.
Here is the excellent Tumaini Carayol on “the twisties” that have been troubling Simone:
Hello. A big day ahead at the Olympics [note to self: STOP SAYING THIS: it’s always a big day at the Olympics]. We have the men’s football semifinals, all kinds of finals on both track and field and the return of one Simone Biles.
For a full rundown, here is my colleague Martin Belam:
Key events for Day 11
All events are listed here in local Tokyo time. Add an hour for Melbourne, subtract eight hours for Harrogate, 13 hours for Philadelphia and 16 hours for Seattle.
?If you only watch one thing: 5pm, 6pm and 9.10pm Sport climbing – there are qualification rounds for the men today. You’ve probably never seen sport climbing before. You’ve definitely never seen it at the Olympics before because it is making a debut and this is the first day. And I’ve got a hunch you are going to absolutely love it.
9.00am-12.35pm and 7pm-9.55pm Athletics – highlights today are the women’s long jump final (10.50am), the men’s 400m hurdles final (12.20pm), the men’s pole vault final (7.20pm), the women’s hammer throw final (8.35pm), and then todays session finishes with the women’s 800m final (9.25pm) and the women’s 200m final (9.50pm) ?
9.30am-12.56pm Canoe sprint – from 11.37am we get into finals territory in the water, with the women’s kayak single 200m, the men’s canoe double 1,000m, the men’s kayak single 1,000m and the women’s kayak double 500m ?
10am-9pm Basketball – the men’s competition has quarter-finals throughout the day. Team USA face Spain in the second, at 1.40pm.
10am and 3pm Diving – today sessions are the semi-final and then the final of the men’s 3m springboard ?
10.30am and 7pm Hockey: the men’s competition reaches the semi-final stage – India v Belgium go first, Australia v Germany is the evening game.
11am-1.40pm and 5pm-7.40pm Boxing – there’s the final of the women’s featherweight at 1.05pm and the final of the men’s welterweight at 7.05pm ?
3.30pm-6.10pm Cycling track – it is the women’s team pursuit and the men’s team sprint today. The finals start from 5.19pm ?
5pm Artistic gymnastics – its the individual finals in the men’s parallel bars, the men’s horizontal bar and the women’s balance beam final – with, it appears, Simone Biles ?
5pm and 8pm Football – the men’s semi-finals are on Tuesday, Mexico v Brazil at 5pm and the hosts face Spain at 8pm.
7.30pm Artistic swimming – it is the duet technical routine in the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
You can find our full interactive events schedule here. It also carries live scores of everything that is going on at any given moment.
As it stands
Here’s how the emoji table stood at 11.15pm Tokyo time
1 ?? China ? 29 ? 17 ? 16 total: 62
2 ?? USA ? 22 ? 25 ? 17 total: 64
3 ?? Japan? 17 ? 6 ? 10 total: 33
4 ?? Australia ? 14 ? 4 ? 15 total: 33
5 ? Not Russia ? 12 ? 21 ? 17 total: 50
6 ?? Great Britain ? 11 ? 12 ? 12 total: 35
7 ?? France ? 6 ? 10 ? 7 total: 23
8 ?? Germany ? 6 ? 6 ? 11 total: 23
9 ?? South Korea ? 6 ? 4 ? 9 total: 19
10 ?? Netherlands ? 5 ? 7 ? 6 total: 18
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