Relay success on Wednesday kept Great Britain’s golden run going.
Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be looking to make history on Saturday as the first woman to win three Olympic 100m gold medals and cement her place as one of the transcendent talents in the sport. Thirteen years after her triumph in Beijing, at the age of 34, and having taken time out to have a baby, Fraser-Pryce arrived in Tokyo on the back of an astonishing 10.63 second run and hot favourite to match compatriot Usain Bolt with a third gold in the blue ribbon 100m event. The performance made her the world's fastest woman alive - the time topped only by Florence Griffith Joyner - and is the fastest sprint in more than three decades, a performance that surprised even Fraser-Pryce herself.
In a string of women's singles matches on Wednesday, Taiwan's Tai Tzu Ying reminded the world why she's number one when she had France's Qi Xuefei struggling to match up through their 25- minute encounter. Tai, who beat Qi 21-10, 21-13, had a rough start to the Tokyo Olympics, taking a longer time to fend off two hugely inferior opponents earlier in the Games. The 27-year-old has a history of slipping up at the Olympics, despite performing exceptionally in other competitions.
South Korean archer Jang Minhee, already a gold medallist in the team competition and ranked second-top seed for the women's individual matchplay contest, suffered a surprise knockout on Wednesday, losing to unheralded Japanese athlete Miki Nakamura. Miki Nakamura beat Jang by 6-2, shooting more perfect 10s in their match-up, in hot, blustery conditions in Tokyo. The Japanese archer said the win was her first against a rival from South Korea, long-dominant in archery with the women's team matching their the longest gold streak with nine straight medals in Tokyo.