TEAM GB are eyeing up more medals on Day Nine of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
It threatened to be another Super Saturday yesterday after overnight gold medals in the triathlon and swimming relays.
Adam Peaty put in another terrific performance as Team GB took gold in the 4x100m mixed medley, smashing the world record in the process.
And the swimming sensation will go for his THIRD gold of the Games later tonight in the men’s event.
There’s a host of boxing action too, with Pat McCormack already guaranteed a silver medal after Ireland’s Aidan Walsh pulled out of their semi-final clash through injury.
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WORTHY OF A MEDAL?
Charlotte Worthington has made a tricky start to her bid for BMX glory, suffering a heavy fall on her first attempt.
The 25-year-old scored 38.60, way behind Australia’s Natalya Diehm on 86.00.
Still plenty of time for the Brit to shine, though.
British talents Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks are competing in the women’s and men’s BMX freestyle finals.
Both stars will be confident of securing a medal but there’s a long way to go yet.
COLLETT’S EXCELLENT RUN
Here’s a replay of Laura Collett’s superb effort in the eventing cross-country…
No significant developments in the final round of the men’s golf yet, the leaders aren’t due out until later this morning.
Team GB pair Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey have a great chance of picking up a medal in Japan.
Canada are through to the quarter-finals of the women’s beach volleyball pairs after a 2-1 victory against the US.
The winners lost the first set 24-22 but rallied to win the second 21-18 before taking the decider 15-13.
The US will be disappointed as they were tipped to win the match.
SHOT AT GLORY
The women’s shot put final is due to begin shortly…
We’ll keep you updated on events in the Japan National Stadium.
The Canadians have equalised against USA in the women’s beach volleyball pairs – taking the round of 16 clash to a deciding set.
The US are tipped for glory but their rivals are putting in a superb performance in Tokyo.
This is too close to call…
BRITS IN ACTION
The women’s long jump qualifiers are due to begin shortly…
Three British stars are vying for glory: Abigail Irozuru (ranked seventh in the world), Jasmine Sawyers (10th) and Lorraine Ugen (14th).
Twelve of the 30 in the field will progress to the final.
FEEL THE HEAT
The women’s beach volleyball pairs are also going on today – and it’s a North American derby, with the US taking on Canada.
It’s currently 1-0 to the States in the last 16 clash…
‘I AM LOVING BEING HERE’
Speaking to BBC Sport after her tremendous performance in the eventing cross-country, Laura Collett said: “First and foremost that horse is unbelievable.
“He’s pretty inexperienced and for him to have performed how he has performed is unbelievable.
“The fences come up quickly and you have no time, it’s bang bang bang!
“The horses have to think quicker than we have. We’ve walked it – it’s a surprise for them.
“Team GB have an unbelievable bond and we’re here to win the gold. Oliver [Townend] was the best man to go first – he gave me a very short pep talk.
“We’ve probably got three of the best horses here and they are showing that.
“I feel like I’m living in a dream world from the moment I got the call. At the moment I am enjoying the moment because I am loving being here.”
MORE ON COLLETT
Laura Collett will be hoping to win a medal in her debut Olympics after a superb performance in the eventing cross-country.
The 31-year-old suffered a horrific injury eight years ago after she was crushed by her horse in a cross-country fall.
Paramedics had to resuscitate her five times as she suffered a fractured shoulder, broken ribs, a punctured lung, a lacerated liver and damage to her kidneys.
Collett was placed in an induced coma for six days and suffered lasting damage to her right eye.
BRITS RETAIN POSITION
Team GB’s eventing stars have retained their gold medal position after an excellent run by Laura Collett.
The 31-year-old cleared the course in 7:43, bringing the team’s score to 78.30.
Collett has also moved into the bronze medal position with an overall individual score of 25.80.
Looking good for the Brits…
The Team GB ace will fight the winner of Cuba’s Roniel Iglesias and Andrey Zamkovoy of the ROC on Tuesday morning at 11.05am.
McCormack has already powered past Aliaksandr Radzionau and Bobo Usmon Baturov to reach the semis – and is now guaranteed a silver for his troubles.
On Aidan Walsh’s withdrawal, Ireland’s boxing chief Bernard Dunne said: “What Aidan did this week is an incredible achievement.
“His performance throughout the tournament has been outstanding.
“It is great to see him write his name in the annals of Irish sport.
“Just over two years ago we selected Aidan for his first major championship.
“Over the past few months that potential that we had identified has grown and developed into a world class performance.
“That reflects greatly on the level of preparation he has put in ahead of these Games.”
PAT WILL DO
Team GB’s Pat McCormack is guaranteed at least a silver medal after his semi-final opponent Aidan Walsh dropped out of their welterweight boxing semi-final.
The Irish star has suffered an ankle injury and takes home a bronze medal after reaching the last-four stage.
McCormack will therefore no longer fight at his scheduled time tonight as planned, with one eye now firmly on the gold medal bout.
It’ll be an odd 100m men’s final later on today, with no Usain Bolt for the first time since 2008.
But it’s still set to be a cracker – and you don’t even need to be a night owl to watch this one.
He’s been the star of the Games in the pool for Team GB – and the medal rush might not be over for Adam Peaty just yet.
It’s the final day of competition in the swimming and the Uttoxeter-born star is eyeing up another gold in the 4x100m men’s medley.
You don’t want to miss that tonight – set the alarm for around 3.30am.
HEAR HIM ROR
A lot of talk about Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey in the final round of the golf today.
But don’t discount Rory McIlroy.
A sublime 67 yesterday has left the Northern Irishman just three shots off the lead – striking distance if he gets on a run of birdies early doors.
How is this for an entrance?
Baseball might not be the first sport you think of at the Olympics – but this has certainly made an impression on social media.
Bullpen cars haven’t been used in the MLB since the 1950s, but Japan are embracing a classic with their glove-inspired motor.
The vehicle escorts relief pitchers onto the field of play when the starting pitcher is removed due to injury, fatigue or any other reason.
It also has an electronic board on the front bumper, with the pitcher being carried resting their feet on artificial grass to get them into the spirit of the match.
Another night, another packed schedule in Tokyo.
Thinking of heading to bed? Get yourself another drink and settle in as Team GB once again go on the medal hunt.
Here’s the main highlights for Sunday, Day Nine –
- Men’s golf final round (Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood – underway)
- BMX freestyle (Charlotte Worthington, Declan Brooks – 2.10am)
- Mens’ 4x100m medley relay (Adam Peaty – 3.30am)
- Sailing (Alison Young – 4am)
- Men’s gymastics (Max Whitlock – 9am)
Team GB world champion Dina Asher-Smith has announced her withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics women’s 200m race.
Asher-Smith revealed that she tore her hamstring before the Games.
The 25-year-old was in tears after failing to make the women’s 100m final.
And she gave an emotional interview where she told the BBC: “I’ve spent four weeks trying to run again.”
OLYMPIC MEDAL TABLE
Here’s how the Olympic medal table is shaping up heading into Sunday’s action…
China are leading the way with 21 golds (46 medals overall), while host nation Japan are in second with 17 (30 overall).
United States are down in third on 16 (46 overall) and the Russian Olympic Committee have 11 (37 overall).
Australia make up the top five with 10 (27 overall), one place ahead of Team GB on eight (28 overall).
FLYING KYE – EXCLUSIVE
Almost two decades of hard work and sacrifice paid off for Tracey Hill and Nigel Whyte as they watched their son Kye soar through the skies of Tokyo to claim silver in his first Olympic Games.
Hill, alongside family and friends, cheered BMX star Kye on from his home track in Burgess Park in the early hours of Friday morning.
Are you ready for some more action?
Here’s what to look forward to on Sunday morning/Saturday night…
- Men’s golf final round (midnight)
- Athletics heats (1.10am)
- Men’s hockey QFs (1.30am)
- Cycling BMX freestyle final (2am)
- Swimming medals (2.30am)
- Baseball KO stages (3am)
- Sailing (3am)
Paul Casey will lead the great British and Irish medal chase in the final round of the Olympic golf competition.
Casey and GB team-mate Tommy Fleetwood are both in the top ten, along with the Irish duo of Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry.
The leaderboard is as follows:
- Xander Schauffele (USA) -14
- Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) -13
- Paul Casey (Team GB), Carlos Ortiz (Mexico) -12
McIlroy is on -11, while Fleetwood and Lowry are on -10.
BROWNLEE ‘WOUDLN’T TOUCH’ HIS BROTHER’S GOLDS
New Olympic champion Jonny Brownlee admitted he wouldn’t touch his brother’s gold medals because he wanted to win his own.
The Leeds lad, 31, was part of the four-person team that won the mixed relay event in the triathlon earlier today.
His brother Alistair, 33, is a two-time Olympic champion in the triathlon, achieving his medals at London 2012 and Rio 2016.