Tokyo 2020 round-up: Adam Peaty reaches 100m breaststroke final
Day three of the Olympic Games in Tokyo sees Great Britain go for gold in the pool and the gymnastics arena on another packed day of sport.
Earlier GB’s Alex Yee won a silver medal in the men’s triathlon event behind Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt, who put in so much effort he collapsed on the finish and had to be carried away on a wheelchair, but he was OK and fully deserving of gold. Jonny Brownlee couldn’t add another medal to his collection and ended his brilliant Olympic career with a fifth-place finish.
Adam Peaty won gold in the 100m breaststroke final, while Australia’s Ariarne Titmus edged American great Katie Ledecky in an epic women’s 400m freestyle final soon afterwards. Tom Daley and Matty Lee then clinched a spectacular gold in the men’s 10m synchronised platform, edging out heavy favourites China with a magnificent final dive. The gold rush of ‘Magic Monday’ then continued as 21-year-old Tom Pidcock won gold in the men’s cross country mountain bike race for Great Britain’s third gold medal in as many hours.
Lauren Williams won Great Britain’s fifth medal of the day but she had to settle for silver after she was defeated by Croatia’s Matea Jelic in the closing seconds of the women’s taekwondo -67kg final. Elsewhere, the Russian Olympic Committee won the first gymnastics gold in the men’s team event, with Team GB matching their fourth place finish from Rio five years ago.
Tokyo 2020: Today at the Olympic Games
- GB will be hopeful of further triathlon success in the women’s event, with Vicky Holland, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Jess Learmonth all contenders
- Bianca Walkden and Mahama Cho will be looking to extend GB’s success in taekwondo, in the women’s+67kg and men’s +80kg events respectively
- Duncan Scott goes for gold in the men’s 200m freestyle, while Kathleen Dawson is in the women’s 50m backstroke final
- Charlotte Dujardin has the chance to become the first British women to win gold at three separate Games in the dressage team final
- Simone Biles will go for her first gold in Tokyo in the artistic gymnastics women’s team event – but her brilliance cannot be quantified by gold medals
- Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury have their second round match in the men’s doubles against the German pair of Kevin Krawietz and Tim Pütz
- GB’s footballers take on Canada in their final group stage match, although their place in the next round has already been confirmed
- The men’s hockey team play Germany while the men’s rugby sevens team take on Fiji and will play a quarter-final match in the afternoon
- Gold medals will also be won in canoe slalom, softball, diving, mountain biking, surfing, judo, shooting and weightlifting
Jamie Braidwood26 July 2021 16:01
Tokyo 2020: Social media reaction from Team GB’s gold medallists
Jamie Braidwood26 July 2021 16:42
Max Whitlock proud of result in artistic team final
Great Britain matched their fourth-place finish from Rio as the men’s artistic gymnastics team secured another impressive result in today’s final, and Max Whitlock was proud of the team’s efforts.
The Russian Olympic Committee, Japan and China proved to be too strong for the rest of the field in what was a high-quality contest as Team GB beat the USA on the final rotation. Whitlock was the only remaining team member from five years ago and said there has been evident progress.
“Getting into the medals was always going to be hard – those three teams have showed so much strength throughout the cycle,” he said. “We knew there was a gap there but that we were top five. We proved that today, we put a lot of risk into our routines and it paid off.
“Fourth place is hard, just outside the medals but there was a big gap there, so we can be really pleased with that. It’s a young team – I’m the oldest by a few years – they’ve all become Olympians this time around, so they’re massively proud.
“Fourth place is a really, really high achievement for us – now we can work on it, look at how we can close the gap and push into those medal positions. We’ve done it before, so hopefully we can do it again.”
Jamie Braidwood26 July 2021 16:37
Tokyo 2020: How ‘Magic Monday’ unfolded for Team GB
It was a morning reminiscent of ‘Super Saturday’ at the 2012 London Olympics, as the gold rush began and Team GB sparked into life in Tokyo.
From Adam Peaty to Tom Daley and Matty Lee and Tom Pidcock to Lauren Williams, here’s Lawrence Ostlere on how Great Britain’s ‘Magic Monday’ unfolded.
Jamie Braidwood26 July 2021 15:32
Tokyo 2020: Olympic history made for the Philippines
Hidilyn Diaz has won the Philippines its first ever gold medal at an Olympic Games after claiming victory in the women’s 55 kilograms weightlifting competition.
She set an Olympic record with a total lift of 224kg and it was the first time the country had an athlete on top of the podium since it first took part in the Games in 1924.
A proud moment for Diaz and her country – and just what the Olympics is all about.
Jamie Braidwood26 July 2021 15:25
Tokyo 2020: Olympics medal table
The Russian Olympic Committee’s gold medal in the men’s artistic gymnastics team final may have edged them above Great Britain at the last, but the success of ‘Magic Monday’ has seen Team GB move to fifth the medal table after a haul of five medals today.
Three gold medals earlier this morning along with two silver medals brings GB’s total up to seven, as hosts Japan took the outright lead from the United States.
1) Japan – 8 gold, 2 silver 3 bronze (13 medals)
2) United States – 7 gold, 3 silver 3 bronze (14 medals)
3) China – 6 gold, 5 silver, 7 bronze (18 medals)
4) ROC – 4 gold, 5 silver, 3 bronze (12 medals)
5) Great Britain – 3 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze (7 medals)
Jamie Braidwood26 July 2021 15:15
Olympic organisers not worried about weather forecast
A typhoon is expected to hit Japan tomorrow, but Olympic organisers have said they are not anticipating that the strong winds will disrupt any further events.
Rowing, sailing and archery events on Tuesday have been rescheduled but Masa Takaya, a spokesperson for the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, said no other additional alterations are anticipated at this stage.
“In the US scale, it is a three grade out of five, so you shouldn’t be worried too much about that but of course it is a typhoon in Japan in our interpretation so we still have to maintain precautions,” Takaya said.
“[We are reviewing] the measures we should take to protect against the typhoon, which based on the latest weather forecast is likely to make landfall somewhere in the Kanto and/or Tohoku regions of eastern Japan tomorrow.
“In line with the current weather forecast, the schedule for the rowing and archery events, due to take place on that day has already been changed, but at this time there are no plans to change any of the other events due to held on Tuesday.”
Jamie Braidwood26 July 2021 15:00
Djokovic advances in men’s tennis singles
Novak Djokovic kept his ‘Golden Grand Slam’ ambitions alive as he advanced into the third round of the men’s tennis singles thanks to a 6-4 6-3 win over Jan-Lennard Struff.
The Serbian is aiming to win all four major tennis events and the Olympic gold medal in the same year.
There were also victories in the men’s singles today for Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev, while Naomi Osaka advanced to the third round in the women’s singles with a straight sets win earlier this morning.
Jamie Braidwood26 July 2021 14:45
Tokyo 2020: Gold for ROC in Artistic Gymastics
Another success for ROC – they win the Men’s Artistic team all-round final.
The scoring was very tight, but they’ve just edged out Japan who take silver – with China taking the bronze.
Great Britain finished in fourth with a fine effort, ahead of USA, Switzerland, Ukraine and Germany.
Karl Matchett26 July 2021 14:36
Silver for Williams in women’s -67kg taekwondo final
Two-time Olympic taekwondo medallist Lutalo Muhammad, who has become the darling of the nation given his performances as an analyst on the television over the past couple of days, was full of praise for Williams’ run to a silver medal.
“For her to even make it here, it’s a massive achievement – and for her to push on into the Olympic final against her biggest rival and to be winning until the last 15 seconds was amazing,” he said on the BBC.
“Trust me, there’s a lifetime in one second in taekwondo, as I know pretty well. There have been so many victories in the last 10-20 seconds, it really shows you can’t take your eyes off the TV screen for even a second.”
Jamie Braidwood26 July 2021 14:30