Pre-tournament favourites Australia and New Zealand flexed their muscles with comprehensive victories in the opening matches in the women’s competition of the Olympic Rugby Sevens at the Tokyo Stadium on Thursday. Defending champions Australia ran in eight tries as they defeated hosts Japan 48-0 in Pool C, with Emma Tonegato scoring a hat-trick. There were also two each for Demi Hayes and exciting teenager Maddison Levi.
Glover and Swann finished fourth in the women’s pairs final.
TOKYO (Reuters) -Caeleb Dressel of the United States won the men's 100m freestyle gold and compatriot Bobby Finke clinched the 800m free in a day of double American glory in the Tokyo pool. World champion Dressel powered to victory an Olympic record time of 47.02, finishing six hundredths of a second ahead of Rio winner Kyle Chalmers of Australia, with Russian Kliment Kolesnikov taking bronze. Australia's Zac Stubblety-Cook took gold in the men's 200m breaststroke on Thursday with a powerful late surge to the finish.
South Africa will be hoping an additional week of work on the training pitch will provide them with the necessary physical prowess to overcome the British & Irish Lions in Saturday’s second test and level the three-game series. A fitter Lions roared back from a nine-point halftime deficit in last Saturday’s first test to win the series opener 22-17 and pile the pressure on the home country, whose own preparations had been hampered by COVID-19 infections. While the world champion Springboks started strongly, the Lions cleverly kept the ball in play longer than usual in an attritional test match, sucking the energy out of the hosts and forcing them into fatigue-filled errors.