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By Ben Bloom in Tokyo
When those in charge at Coventry Judo Club asked the young girl sitting on the sidelines if she wanted to join in, little did they know they would produce an Olympic medallist - Britain’s first of these Tokyo Games.
Chelsie Giles used to turn up to the club simply to watch her younger brother take part. One day they asked if she fancied giving it a go herself. More than a decade on, she is now a bronze medallist at her debut Olympics.
Seeded seventh in the 52kg category at these Games, 24-year-old Giles’s podium aspirations had been dealt a major - but not terminal - blow when she was defeated in the quarter-finals by Japanese home favourite and double world champion Uta Abe, who went on to secure Olympic gold.
That put gold and silver out of Giles’s reach but victory in her repechage fight set up a bronze-medal face-off with Fabienne Kocher of Switzerland.
Thwarted in her attempts to dominate with her trademark attacking style, Giles instead allowed Kocher on the offensive before countering to perfection by producing a waza-ari for a 1-0 lead just before the halfway stage of the four-minute contest.
She then sealed the deal with one minute remaining, putting the Swiss judoka on her back with a medal-winning ippon.
“I don’t know how to describe the feeling. I’m very happy to bring home the first medal for Great Britain,” said Giles. “A lot of hard work has gone into this from me and the rest of the team.
“My dad Jason is the person who got me into judo and take me into training sessions week after week.
“My brother is my training partner. He has been good this year and always supports me no matter if I have done well or not.
“I hope I’ve made my family proud and I can’t wait to go back and see them.”
Although not one of Britain’s big names coming into these Tokyo Games, Giles, a business management student at the University of Wolverhampton, had suggested she was coming into the form of her life at just the right time in the build up.
She beat Kosovo's reigning Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi on her way to claiming gold at the prestigious Tel Aviv Grand Slam in February - the first major title of her career - and followed up with silver at the Judo Grand Slam Tbilisi the following month.
Her Olympic performance took on greater significance, coming at the Nippon Budokan - a venue originally constructed for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and widely considered the spiritual home of martial arts.
“It is special to win it here,” she said. “I love Japan, I love training here. We came to the 2019 World Championships and this is the same venue so I was excited to come back. It makes it extra special that this is where judo began.
“Is this the pinnacle? We will see. Maybe it’s the beginning. We will see where my training goes and see if I progress. Or if this is the top.”
Li Fabin embraced his inner flamingo with a unique stance on the way to winning an Olympic gold medal in weightlifting on Sunday.
But don't try it at home, the Chinese champion warned.
Li stood on one leg while lifting 166 kilograms - nearly three times his own body weight - with his right leg sticking out in his opening clean and jerk in the men's 61-kilogram category.
Weightlifting fans nickname that move the "flamingo." It's a speciality for Li, who said it helps him correct his balance if a lift is in danger of going wrong.
"I have very strong core strength and muscles," he said through a translator. "I know this move pleases the audience but I don't suggest people make the same move. It could provoke injury."
A reminder that Bradly Sinden's gold medal match
Is in the hands of Fiona Tomas and available if you click here.
Champions stunned in men's water polo
Reigning Olympic champions Serbia got their title defence off to a rocky start when they were beaten 13-12 by a clinical Spain in their opening match of the men's water polo competition at Tatsumi Water Polo Centre on Sunday.
Spain centre forward Alberto Munarriz Egana top scored with four goals for his team, who have resurfaced as a force to be reckoned with in the pool after finishing runners-up at the most recent World and European Championships.
Spain shaded possession in a match marked by plenty of aggressive play on both sides, peppering Serbia keeper Branislav Mitrovic's goal with 25 shots before sealing a memorable win with desperate defending at the death.
"It wasn't an easy match," Spain captain Felipe Perrone Rocha said. "Serbia are legends of our sport and it's never easy to beat the Olympic champions.
"We played amazing water polo. A result like this gives us a lot of confidence for the games to come."
Defeat does not spell disaster for Serbia, who are no strangers to making slow starts at major tournaments, having scraped through the early rounds in Rio five years ago only to blow away the competition in the latter stages.
"We didn't achieve what we expected," Serbia captain Filip Filipovic said. "We really wanted to win this game but we
Who played in the Euro 2020 semi-final 19 days ago has just given Spain a 1-0 lead over Australia in the Group C match. Victory will push them to top above Argentina, Australia and Egypt.
Bradly Sinden's final
Is coming up at 1.45pm. Fiona Tomas will take you through the build-up and the fight itself in which Donny's finest will go for gold.
GB squeezed out of men's 4x100m freestyle relay final
They finished ninth of 16 by four hundredths of a second. USA won the second heat and qualified in second place, their anchor swimmer covered in cupping marks all over his right shoulder and ribs on that side.
The finalists are: Italy, United States, Australia, France, Brazil, Hungary, Canada, Russian Olympic Committee.
Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus
Both comfortably into the 400m freestyle final in first and third place respectively. Summer McIntosh of Canada, daughter of Jill who swam at the LA Games in 1984, has also qualified for the final at the age of 14.
Summer lost her coach, Kevin Thorburn, who died in April 2020, and her father Greg McIntosh, was diagnosed with cancer in January 2021 and has been undergoing treatment ever since.
In the pool
Britain's Tom Dean and Duncan Scott have qualified for the 200m freestyle final. Cassie Wild and Kath Dawson have made it into the 100m women's backstroke semi-final but Kaylie McKeown of Australia, who set an OR in her heat, is the overwhelming favourite.
Apologies for jumping the gun on gymnastics
There is one more subdivision to come starting imminently including South Korea, Japan, Belarus, Sweden, Egypt, Germany, Mexico and Hungary so Simone Biles could still be pushed out of the uneven bars and beam finals.
Not much happening at the moment
But Britain's Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith have started their mixed doubles campaign in the badminton with a 2-0 victory over Canada's Josh Hurlburt-Yu and Jospehine Wu, 21-13 and 21-19.
Parents of the year
Hifumi Abe has emulated his sister and winning gold within an hour of Uta's achievement by defeating Vazha Margvelashvili in the -66kg judo.
In the football
France, captained a little incredibly by 35-year-old Andre-Pierre Gignac, who scored a hat-trick, have beaten South Africa 4-3. France were 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 down and, after bagging his third to equalise, Gignac set up the winner in the second minute of injury time.
Gignac left France in 2015 to finish his career in Mexico but has just signed a new contract that will take him beyond his 38th birthday at Tigres (de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León).
Elsewhere Argentina beat Egypt 1-0, Honduras defeated New Zealand 3-2 and it's 0-0 in the match between Brazil and Ivory Coast.
GB makes it three out of three at the boxing
In the men's light heavyweight division, Benjamin Whittaker has defeated Colombia's Palacios Vivas by a margin of 4:1; in the women's fly Charley-Sian Davison won on unanimous verdict by 5-0 in her bout against Rabab Cheddar and Luke McCormack edged a tight contest against India's Manish Kaushik on a 4-1 split decision in the lightweight class. His identical twin Pat is also in the GB team.
Britain's first medals of the past 25 years
Giles with the Ippon
Giles wins bronze!
Giles with the first point
Waza-Ari throw on the counter to take a 1-0 lead.
Chelsie Giles' bronze medal match gets underway
Giles, the world No10, takes on Kocher, five places below her in the rankings. Giles in white, Kercher in blue. Leeds v Chelsea. C'mon you whites!
Tokyo Storm Warning
Elvis Costello was 35 years out.
Here's Tom Morgan with the latest on the troublesome Tokyo weather:
Storms heading for Tokyo have forced the postponement of Tuesday's rowing schedule - but Team GB are increasingly confident a typhoon alert is easing.
The men and women's triathlon are safe, the sport's governing body insisted on Sunday despite World Rowing pushing clearing a busy day of semi-final and final racing.
Tuesday's weather will "bring high winds and strong gusts, creating unequal and potentially unreliable racing conditions", World Rowing said.
However, the heat has presented just as great a challenge for organisers, with the likes of Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev calling for a change in the tennis schedule because of the sweltering conditions players said were the "toughest" they had experienced. "I don't understand why they don't start matches at, say, 3pm," said the world No1.
Responding to concerns around the scheduling, Mikako Kotani, of the Tokyo Organising Committee, said: "We are working together with all the international federations. They have a lot of experience, so they were the ones who had the final say. The organising committee has developed its own heat counter-measures. It could involve ice, or water or we have break rooms where they can take a break and cool down. And if it's really hot, we will take heat breaks."
She said organisers were monitoring the weather by the minute to also keep abreast of the storm due to hit Tokyo in the next 24 hours. "That's about heat as well but also, like in a typhoon," Kotani added. "We actually have a weather information centre, which updates data every minute. So we make sure that we can respond immediately to any changes in the weather."
Temperatures reached 34C in Tokyo on Saturday and then 32C on Sunday.
However, high winds are expected to hit Tokyo on Monday, creating "probably unequal and potentially unrowable racing conditions", according to the IOC.
Kotani, of the organising committee, added: "The competitions that were supposed to have been taking place tomorrow were pushed forward to today and yesterday. We are now in the process of making other decisions to change the schedule. So there will be some sports that will be impacted by the weather. We can get the information in advance and we are closely discussing with the IFs, but if they propose that we should change the schedule in advance, then we will consider that option."
Sinden may have guaranteed a first GB medal
But Chelsie Giles may actually win it as her bronze medal bout against Fabienne Kocher of Switzerland in the women's -52kg class will take place beforehand, the third fight at the Dojo after the current one finishes.
For anyone watching on BBC
Which definitely wasn't showing it 'live', Sinden had to come back from 23-21 with 16 seconds to go, rattling up a head shot and four body shots over the next 13 seconds to win 33-25.
His final is at 1.45pm.
Pippa Field reports on Bradly Sinden's victory
The identity of Britain's finalist is not who many would have predicted coming into today, with Jade Jones, the two-time Olympic champion, many people's pick for Britain's first gold medal of the Games.
Jones suffered a shock opening round defeat in Tokyo, but Sinden has helped ease the pain, scoring an impressive 125 points across his three bouts en route to the final.
He will take on Ulug Rashitov, of Uzbekistan for the title, with the 19-year-old also competing in his first Olympics having won youth Olympic silver in 2018.
By Pippa Field
Taekwondo fighter Bradly Sinden has guaranteed Great Britain's first medal of the 2020 Olympic Games, and will fight for gold at 1.45pm today.
Sinden, who has been in scintillating form in Tokyo so far, beat China's Zhao Shuai 33-25 in his semi-final bout at the Makuhari Messe Hall.
It means the 22-year-old, the current reigning 68kg world champion, will fight for the chance to become Britain's first male Olympic gold medallist.
Into round three
Sinden lands his first head shot with 68 seconds to go to narrow it to 15-21 after scoring with a punch and a kick. Zhao asks for a video review to c onfirm it, though. Off goes the clock.
Round three delayed
After Sinden asks for a review of a body kick from Zhao with a second to go which made it 20-8. His challenge was rejected.
Second round of the Taekwondo semi-final
Huge shot from the Chinese Rio gold medallist with a five-point turning head kick which gives him a 10-6 lead. Gam-jeom penalty puts Sinden back to within a head shot at 10-7 but he has plenty to do and hasn't been able to trouble Zhao's head so far.
A second penalty for Zhao of the round makes it 10-8 with 20sec left of the second round but he rounds it off with a body shot and turning body kick for two and four points respectively. He leads 16-9 with a round to go.
Bradly Sinden in the Taekwondo semi-final
Nip and tuck in round one against Zhao Shuai, he leads 6-5 after the first of three rounds, three body shots to two.
Over to the pool for the men's individual medley final
GB's Max Litchfield goes in lane eight.
Judoka Chelsie Giles is in bronze medal match
Beating Charline van Snick of Belgium in the -52kg repechage.
Despite today's untidiness
Biles is currently in the top eight for all four apparatus finals, in first place on the vault, in eighth for the bars (though with four Russian Olympic Committee gymnasts ahead of her, only two of which can qualify for the final, she is in sixth) sixth in the vault (fifth after one China gymnast drops out) and second on the floor.
GB's Jessica Gadirova, below, is in line for the vault and floor final and GB in the team final in fourth behind ROC, US and China with one more subdivision to come.
In the women's road race
Anna Kiesenhofer of Austria is still on her solo break as the line approaches. Catch the latest with John MacLeary.
No medal for Jones
Double Olympic champion Jade Jones will leave Tokyo empty handed after her remaining hopes of fighting for a bronze through the repechage system was dashed, writes Pippa Field in Tokyo.
To get the chance to fight again, the Welsh fighter needed Kimia Alizadeh, who stunned her in the opening round in the early hours, to reach the final.
However the Olympic Refugee team athlete fell to Russian Tatiana Minina 10-3 in her semi-final bout, meaning Jones' Tokyo adventure came to an end.
14.066 on the beam. Which won't be enough to beat the Russian Olympic Committee's team in qualification for the final.
Biles on the beam
The explosive power with which we've become so familiar but the massive dismount causes a mis-step or three on her landing from the full twisting double back but she saves herself from falling flat on her tuchas.
Long wait for her score.
Was scheduled for 16.46pm Tokyo time, 8.46am BST but they are running 45 mins late. He fights Zhao Shuai,'The Great Wall of China' who, I am indebted to Pippa for telling me may have won gold at Rio but has climbed two weight classes since then, winning in the flyweight under-58 kilograms class, skipping the -63kg bantamweight and going straight into the -68kg class.
On the asymmetric bars
Simone Biles scored 14.566 in her weakest discipline, team-mate Sunisa Lee managed 15.200
Sinden maintains medal charge
By Pippa Field in Tokyo
Great Britain's Bradly Sinden maintained his charge towards an Olympic taekwondo medal after reaching the men's -69kg semi-finals.
Sinden, who destroyed New Zealander Tim Burns in his opening fight, came up against stiffer opposition in the form of Hakan Recber, of Turkey, in the quarter-finals.
The reigning world champion initially looked to be cruising again at 14-1 up after round one but taekwondo is a sport which can easily bite back - as double Olympic champion Jade Jones discovered to her cost earlier this morning - and Recber built momentum in the next round to reduce the deficit to just three.
The final round turned into a scrappy affair, with both penalised for holding on, but Sinden rediscovered his best form when it mattered most to complete victory by a 20 points superiority gap.
The 22-year-old was inspired to pursue his sporting dream by fellow Doncaster fighter Sarah Stevenson, who won Britain's first Olympic taekwondo medal, a bronze, in 2008, and he could yet create history of his own in Tokyo, with no British male fighter crowned Olympic champion before.
A switch to the red button service for the women's gymnastics qualifiers
Simone Biles has been bumped from the main service for the conclusion of the women's cycling road race.
She started on the floor and made an uncharacteristic mistake after her habitual brilliance on the unusually bouncy floor, flipping off the podium and being deducted 0.8 points meaning she recorded 14.133, the kind of score most would consider a benchmark but not her.
She also messed up the landing on he first vault to score 14.996 but then bagged 15.183 for the second with a massive two and a half. That's still the best score of the day, though she doesn't look happy.
Masks off for podium photos
Athletes must wear masks at all Tokyo Olympic Games venues, including medal ceremonies, the International Olympic Committee said on Sunday, but under a new policy they are briefly allowed to remove them on the podium for a photo opportunity.
Masks are mandatory across all venues, both inside and outside, for all athletes, staff and media, as part of Games organisers' strict measures to combat the coronavirus.
"It's not a nice to have. It's a must to have," said IOC spokesman Mark Adams.
"No, there is no relaxation and we would urge and ask everyone to obey the rules," Adams said. "It's important for the sports, for everyone involved and for our Japanese friends and it would send a strong message."
But athletes can briefly take them off on the podium for 30 seconds for a photo opportunity, the IOC said,
During Sunday morning's swimming finals, American Chase Kalisz took off his mask on the winners' podium after his gold medal performance in the men's 400 metres medley.
He was standing next to mask-less compatriot and silver medallist Jay Literland and Australian Brendon Smith, who took the bronze and also removed his mask.
"The swimmers in the venue this morning followed instructions which they were given by the protocol team," an IOC spokesperson said.
"These instructions were in line with a new policy which in the process of being communicated to all."
"It allows for a socially distanced photo opportunity for a maximum of 30 seconds on the podium."
Team Australia also confirmed their athletes had done nothing wrong.
Into the final round
Brilliant from Bradly with a minute to go, racking up two head shots and four body shots to open up a 39-17 lead. Absolutely dominant and that's surely an unassailable lead. He holds Recber at bay in the final minute to win 39-19 with a 20 point superiority gap and go into the semi-final.
The second round is far more competitive
And Recber takes it 15-3, leaving Sinden with a 17-15 lead to go into round three. Tightening all the time.
Recber simply mastered the head shot in the dying seconds of that round.
Doncaster's Bradly Sinden in the taekwondo 68kg quarter-finals
Sinden takes a commanding lead in the first round against Hakan Recber of Turkey, all poise and precision as he nails two head shots and racks up a 14-0 first-round lead.
Women's synchronised 3m final results
Great Britain 269.10
Italy blow bronze
With their final dive, 'a calamity, ouch!' says Leon Taylor as they finish with a 49.30 Peter Kay special. That means they drop from third to seventh and bump GB up to sixth. Elena Bertocchi and Chiara Pellacani look distraught, understandably.
Germany, European champions, finish with bronze, Canada silver and China, gold by 25.62 points.
'GB save the best for last'
But banjaxed their medal hopes in rounds three and four. With 60.30, they finish in seventh.
China's last dive
'Just a formality' - inward two and half somersaults with pike. Again, pretty much perfect. For the fifth time in succession, China win the women's 3m synchro after a score of 76.5 in the final round.
Canada save their best until last
And secure silver with 70.20.
Britain drop to seventh
Now 13 points off bronze. China lead by a country mile, 19 points ahead of Canada.
One round to go.
Reid and Torrance with their penultimate dive
Back two and a half somersaults - not bad but not sure about their entry. Splish, splash and splosh. Big wake left. Yikes 50.40. That's their medal chances out of the window.
Chinese team is in a class of its own
Reverse two and a half with pike is their second optional and it approaches perfection, like it's one diver plus a mirror. They score 74.70 and open up an unassailable lead. GB need only to make up a point on Canada over the last two dives to win a first medal.
Grace Reid and Kat Torrance up next
Forward two and a half somersault with twist. They stay in fourth place, behind China, Italy and Canada but in truth it wasn't perfect, 61.20 scored as they were not in synchronisation from the first somersault onwards. They're a point off a medal with two rounds to go.
The women's 3m synchro is underway
Into the third round for China's Shi Tingmao and Wang Han who nail the triple back somersault with pike and take a commanding lead with a score of 75.60.
Good morning and welcome to Telegraph Sport's live coverage of the afternoon and evening of day two in Tokyo. It has been a relatively disappointing morning so far and two British athletes looking for a hat-trick of gold medals - Jade Jones (a firm favourite) in taekwondo and Andy Murray (a long shot given his injury troubles since Rio) have had their hopes dashed, Jones by defeat (though she still has a chance of bronze through the repechage at 11am BST) and Murray with a thigh strain (though he will carry on in the doubles).
There have been further setbacks in the women's hockey but Adam Peaty's qualification for tomorrow's 100m breastroke final puts GBs first realistic chance of gold on the horizon. Liam Broady, now the sole British tennis singles hope, won his first Olympics match, defeating Argentina's Francisco Cerundolo 7-5 6-7 (4) 6-2 after more than three hours in intense heat. Broady was the last entrant into the singles following a raft of withdrawals and is making the most of his opportunity.
Max Litchfield came within 0.21 seconds of becoming Team GB's first medallist at Tokyo 2020 but finished fourth again, pipped to bronze in the men's 400m individual medley final by Australia's Brendon Smith as the United States recorded a one-two finish.
Chase Kalisz collected gold and Jay Litherland scooped silver while Litchfield clocked four minutes and 10.59secs - the exact same time as Hungary's David Verraszto - five years after just missing out on a podium place in Rio.
"It is [gutting] - you summed it up," said the visibly distraught 26-year-old from Pontefract. "So close but so far. It is what it is. We'll go back and look at what we can do better. I've done everything I can these last five years, just not quite enough. I don't think there was too much wrong. Small things, we'll go back and look at how we can do things better."
The women's cycling road race is currently underway and you can catch up with the latest news with our man on two wheels, John MacLeary here.
Coming up we have diving in the women's 3m synchro finals as Shi Tingmao is odds on for gold with her new partner, swimming heats at 11am, football, hockey, volleyball action plus all the fun of the 'Greatest Show on Earth'.