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GB women through to 4x400m final; Jake Wightman, Josh Kerr, Jake Heyward reach men's 1,500m final; Bahamas' Steven Gardiner wins men's 400m final; Nafissatou Thiam wins women's heptathlon
What must Nike think now? It was at the start of 2019 that the sportswear giant decided to wash their hands of Holly Bradshaw.
Perhaps they had decided she was destined to forever be the nearly woman of global pole vaulting after sixth and fifth-place finishes at the Olympics, plus seventh, sixth and fourth-place finishes at the World Championships. Bradshaw believed their motivations were unrelated to performance and more to do with her not fitting the ideal image they were looking for.
Well how about this for a positive role model: the woman who fought back from multiple injuries, who shrugged off losing her sponsor, found another one on LinkedIn, ignored social media abuse, recovered from multiple near misses on the big stage, and ended up with Olympic bronze – Britain's first ever Olympic pole vault medal.
"I was sad after Nike dropped me because I felt like they thought I mattered, but maybe I didn't," she told The Telegraph before these Tokyo Games. More fool them.
Maybe everything had just been gearing up to this moment after so much time spent on the operating table: the back surgery in 2014, knee surgery in 2015, and double Achilles surgeries in 2016 and 2017.
Earlier in the week, she had survived a troublesome Tokyo qualifying competition conducted in horrific weather conditions that ended Olympic and double world silver medallist Sandi Morris' campaign.
That left four women seemingly head and shoulders above the rest in the world rankings and a sense of now or never for Bradshaw's podium hopes.
By the time the bar was raised to 4.70m in the final, a succession of failures from the bulk of the field meant they were the only four left: Bradshaw, Greece's reigning champion Katerina Stefanidi, American Katie Nageotte and reigning world champion Anzhelika Sidorova, representing the Russian Olympic Committee.
When Stefanidi was the only athlete not to clear 4.85m, a medal was a certainty for Bradshaw. That it ended up being bronze came from not managing to match her 4.90m British record.
Nageotte did clear that height to claim gold, while Sidorova took silver on countback by virtue of a better record at earlier heights.
"I honestly can't believe it," said Bradshaw. "It's something I've been working for my whole life and my whole career. I didn't know if it was ever going to come my way, queen of the fourth, fifth, sixth. But it finally did.
"I think it just shows my resilience and will to keep going. The fact that I've been so close for so many years, I knew at one point I'd hopefully get on the podium. It just feels so special."
There was a time around 2017, she explained, where things became a bit too much. She was putting too much pressure on herself and did not like the person she had become.
Working with a psychologist – and studying for her own undergraduate and now postgraduate in psychology – helped change her mindset.
"I just got myself in a really dark hole where I didn't want to be and it wasn't me," she said. "I had to change a lot of my inner values and work on myself to enjoy it more.
"I picked up on traits I didn't like. Someone would jump really well in America and I'd be gutted. It would hurt me, I'd feel sick to my stomach.
"There were definitely times I thought I might walk away from the sport. But since 2018 I've never thought like that. Since then I just feel I love what I'm doing."
What about those people who doubted her – the anonymous faces on social media who dismissed her as a serial loser and, of course, Nike?
"It's not crossed my mind," she said, in such a manner that you genuinely believe it's the truth. "The only thing I'm thinking of is that I'm so happy for those people who have stuck by me.
"I can share this with them, my family, husband, sister, coach, all my friends. Those are the people I'm thinking about, I'm not even giving those other people a single thought."
Before these Tokyo Games, Bradshaw was asked what she wanted to achieve in the rest of her pole vault career.
"Part of me is doing this because I want to see how high I can jump, can I win some medals, what is my ceiling?" she replied. "The other half now, which at the start of my career I totally disregarded, is I want to be that role model – the person that someone looks at and says: 'If she can do it, she looks normal, I can do it'.
"I want to be that girl next door, that 'she doesn't look special, she doesn’t look any different than anyone'.
"I want to be that beacon of hope for people, and that's almost as important for me as going to the Olympics and trying to win a medal." Now she has done both.
Day 13, as it happened:
That's all for today
... but we'll be back tomorrow with more live Olympics coverage.
In the meantime, why not read about Dina Asher-Smith helping Team GB to set a new national record in the 4x100m relay heats?
Gold for Matt Walls
... who won the men's omnium earlier in the day in another impressive triumph for Team GB.
Ennis-Hill on Johnson-Thompson
It was a sombre moment, watching Kat's Olympic competition come to a devastating halt. We sat there, in shock.
As heptathletes, Denise Lewis and I couldn't help but feel that agony for her as she pulled up suddenly in the 200m. To see a world champion, who has already been through so much, be dealt yet another huge blow in her career – it was devastating.
Bradshaw 'can't believe' she's an Olympic medallist
"This is what I've worked for my whole career, I've had so many ups and downs," Bradshaw tells the BBC. "It's something that I've wanted so bad and it's finally happened.
"It's not sunk in, I don't know what to say, I'm almost emotionless because I don't know what emotion this is that I'm feeling. It's relief, pure enjoyment and excitement. I'm proud of myself for sticking with it.
"I knew I could get there one day and I just can't express how grateful I am to be involved in this sport and to finally get an Olympic medal, I can't believe it."
Meanwhile, in the men's decathlon
... Canada's Damian Warner has won gold, France's Kevin Mayer has picked up silver and Australia's Ashley Moloney has nabbed bronze.
Bradshaw celebrates pole vaulting bronze
... and, having missed out at London 2012 and Rio 2016, she looks overjoyed.
Thiam wins gold
... despite finishing seventh, with the Netherlands' Anouk Vetter and Emma Oosterwegel winning silver and bronze respectively.
The women's heptathlon is coming to a close
... with the second 800m heat, involving gold medallist-in-waiting Nafissatou Thiam.
Steven Gardiner wins gold!
Gardiner, of the Bahamas, pulls ahead on the home straight and finishes well in front of the chasing pack with a time of 43.85 seconds.
Colombia's Anthony Zambrano claims silver, while Granada's Kirani James gets bronze.
Men's 400m final up next
... with the events coming thick and fast at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.
Nageotte wins gold, Sidorova claims silver
Sidorova had one attempt at 4.95m after her two failures at 4.90m, but couldn't make it.
Nageotte turned things around after a subdued start to the final, clearing 4.90m in style. Bradshaw is first to congratulate her, embracing her rival.
Bradshaw fails at third attempt
... at 4.90m, meaning she wins bronze. Under huge pressure, she equipped herself really well.
Nageotte goes over!
That puts her in the gold medal spot, bumping Sidorova down to silver and Bradshaw to bronze.
Bradshaw clears the bar, but catches it on her way down and remains in the silver medal position.
Sidorova with another foul
... at the second attempt. Can Bradshaw capitalise?
Stefanidi is out
... which means Bradshaw is now guaranteed a medal. What colour will it be, though?
Bradshaw also fails
... at her first attempt, as does Nageotte. It's nail-biting stuff, this.
Sidorova fails at 4.90m
... making her first mistake of the final to leave Bradshaw with a window of opportunity.
Bradshaw goes over!
It's a great effort from Bradshaw, whose technique is near-perfect.
She howls in celebration, knowing that bumps her up to the silver medal spot. Nageotte also clears.
Stefanidi fails at 4.85m
... but Sidorova clears.
The ROC representative is on another level at the moment. Stefanidi might be in trouble.
Stefanidi goes over at second attempt
... pushing Bradshaw out of the medal places.
That lasts for a matter of seconds, with Team GB's medal hopeful showing steely determination to clear.
Bradshaw fails to clear
... at her first attempt, getting her angles all wrong.
Nageotte also goes over with a beautiful clearance to join Sidorova. She seems to have settled those early nerves here.
Stefanidi up first at 4.80m
... and has the requisite height, but clatters the bar on her way down.
Sidorova goes next and clears with ease.
Pole vaulters being eliminated left, right and centre
... with Slovenia's Tina Sutej the latest to fail at 4.70m.
Only Sidorova, Bradshaw, Nageotte and Greece's Katerina Stefanidi have gone clear, as things stand.
Three Brits in 1,500m final
Heyward does, indeed, end up qualifying as one of the fastest losers.
That means that Team GB are in with a very good chance of a medal in the final on Saturday.
Kerr is through
... in third, but Heyward finishes sixth. It was a quick race, however, and he could well make it through as one of the fastest losers.
Josh Kerr and Jake Heyward up next
... in the second men's 1,500m semi.
Can Team GB get three runners through to the final? It'll be a hard ask, but it's possible.
Nageotte clears 4.70m
... making her the third pole vaulter to go over along with Sidorova and Bradshaw.
Several competitors are struggling, however. It's been a tense final in the early stages.
Wightman goes through
... winning his semi-final with an impressive time of 3:33.48.
The USA's Cole Hocker, Kenya's Timothy Cheruiyot, Australia's Ollie Hoare and Spain's Ignacio Fontes also qualify for the final, with a nervous wait for the potential fastest losers.
Pole vaulting update
Bradshaw has cleared 4.70m, which is a relief.
Jake Wightman looking to reach 1,500m final
... with the top five from each semi-final going through along with the two fastest losers.
Bradshaw fails at first attempt
... at 4.70m, with only Anzhelika Sidorova of the Russian Olympic Committee over so far.
Team GB earn third automatic qualifying place
... after a fantastic finish from Nicole Yeargin.
It was incredibly tight between Britain, the Netherlands and Canada, with the other two teams progressing as fastest losers.
Zoey Clark runs well
... and hands over to Laviai Nielsen, but it's an incredibly tight race for third with the USA and Jamaica out in front.
Team GB women in 4x400m heat
... with Emily Diamond running first as they look to make the final. The top three relay teams go through along with the two fastest losers.
... for the USA's Katie Nageotte who, despite being one of the favourites, has only cleared the opening height of 4.50m at the third attempt.
Bradshaw clears 4.50m
... at the first attempt, making a solid start to the pole vaulting final.
Spendolini-Sirieix shares emotional poolside call with dad
Going back to the diving briefly, here's Jeremy Wilson on Spendolini-Sirieix:
Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix shared an emotional poolside video call with her father, the reality TV personality Fred Sirieix, after finishing seventh in an extraordinary Olympic 10m platform final that saw an unknown 14-year-old Chinese diver, Quan Hongchan, thrice deliver perfection.
Sirieix had been tweeting the duck emoji in proud social media postings about his 16-year-old daughter, who revealed that the French star of First Dates and Million Pound Menu calls her 'mon canard' ('my duck').
"He calls it to me as a nickname – I don't know where it came from – but it stuck," said Spendolini-Sirieix.
With no friends and family permitted in Tokyo 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions, the organisers have created optional 'family moments' which allow competitors to speak live with their nearest and dearest immediately after they have completed an event.
For Spendolini-Sirieix, that meant seeing her father and mother within seconds of her fifth dive, which was her best of the competition. "They said that they were very proud and that I should be proud, that they miss me and I said that I miss them – it just went back and forth and I started crying," she said.
Women's pole vault final underway
... can Bradshaw earn herself a place on the podium? Let's find out.
Women's pole vault final coming up
... with Team GB's Holly Bradshaw among the medal contenders.
We'll have live updates on that event here, but we've also got a dedicated track cycling blog on the go if you'd prefer.
British divers amazed by Quan
Here's Jeremy Wilson's latest on the diving:
Team GB divers Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix and Lois Toulson have praised Quan Hongchan for her incredible gold medal-winning performance in the women's 10m diving platform final.
"When we were warming up and we were waiting to be called out, she was dancing, she was laughing and it looked like she had no nerves," said Spendolini-Sirieix. "She's a new diver – she's incredible."
Spendolini-Sirieix's team-mate Toulson finished ninth and was similarly amazed. "She makes diving look very easy – and it's not," she said. "It's usually a fight for the bronze because the Chinese are first and second. They take it incredibly seriously and it starts from a very early age.
"They literally live at the pool, eat, breathe and sleep diving. It's quite different to the rest of the world but it's incredible they can go out and do things like that. I'm just in awe."
Wilkinson in 10th
... which represents a decent showing for Team GB.
Bosworth eventually crosses the line in 25th place.
Stano wins gold
... with Ikeda winning silver and Yamanishi taking bronze.
That was a fantastic race from Stano, who built patiently early on before showing incredible stamina to pick up the pace and power ahead.
Stano widens gap
... to Ikeda, putting serious distance between himself and his nearest rival.
One kilometre to go
... with Stano first, Ikeda second and Yamanishi third.
Yamanishi drops back
... with Ikeda and Stano out in front now.
Are we looking at our gold and silver medallists here? The race is nearing its conclusion.
This is anyone's race now
... with Stano, Yamanishi and Ikeda all going at a relentless pace.
Stano pushing hard
... and now at the front of the lead group along with Yamanishi and Spain's Diego Garcia.
Yamanishi pulls ahead!
... with Wang now in fifth.
Wilkinson and Bosworth are further back, with the former in 13th and the latter way off the pace.
Three second gap
... between Wang and the chasers now, with Spain's Alvaro Martin and Italy's Massimo Stano also in contention.
Chasers closing on Wang
... with Japan's Toshikazu Yamanishi and Koki Ikeda among those looking to reel him in.
Kumar dropping off
... with the chasing pack starting to catch up, even if Wang remains way ahead of everyone.
Back to the men's 20km race walk
... where China's Wang Kaihua is out in front, with India's Sandeep Kumar just behind him.
Jason Kenny in a precarious position
... in the men's sprint quarter-finals.
Ben Bloom on Johnson-Thompson
Katarina Johnson-Thompson has described her dramatic injury-enforced Olympics exit as "heartbreaking" and admitted it will take "a lot of time" to process such a disastrous end to her podium bid.
The world heptathlon champion suffered an Achilles rupture at the end of last year, underwent surgery and missed three months of training before making it to the startline in Tokyo. She was firmly in medal contention after three events, but then collapsed suddenly halfway through the 200 metres on Wednesday night before hobbling off the track.
She later revealed the problem was not a flare-up of her Achilles, but a new injury to the calf on her other leg. "I don't know where to begin in trying to explain how I feel," she said, speaking for the first time after her withdrawal.
"Only a handful of people understand what I have been through. Even a smaller amount understand the mental and physical challenges I've faced trying to make it back in time through a pandemic after my Achilles ruptured [at] the back end of December. I started the year in a wheelchair and I was not willing to end my Olympic campaign the same way.
"To make it to the line was a miracle. To not only do that, but to be on my way to putting a decent score together is heartbreaking. I truly believed I was capable of winning a medal despite having up to half a year of missed training.
"More than ever I'm proud that I showed up, put myself out there and tried. It would have been very easy to shy away and pull out, to say I wasn't ready and blame the injury, but I'm not that type of athlete or person.
"I am a fighter. I'm gritty AF [as f---] and I find it extremely hard to give up. I can rest easy knowing I applied myself every single day and pushed until I couldn't push anymore.
"I've sacrificed so much, moving my entire life to France five years ago, away from my family and friends. I've lost heart knowing that the work my team and I have done for this last eight months was for this outcome and I hate that my story has played out in more heartbreak.
"I've been knocked so many times and got back up, but it will take a lot of time for me to process this reality."
Team GB's Tom Bosworth in action
... in the men's 20km race walk, which is now underway.
He's joined by another British athlete in Callum Wilkinson, though neither is among the favourites.
Legend of knitwear
... Tom Daley has been productive during his downtime in Tokyo.
Johnson-Thompson releases heartfelt statement
... after being forced to withdraw from the women's heptathlon with a calf injury.
Here's Jeremy Wilson's verdict on Quan's performance:
There were gasps inside the Tokyo Aquatic Centre on Thursday morning when a 14-year-old Chinese diver, who had never previously featured in an international competition, delivered three dives that scored a perfect '10' from all seven judges.
Quan Hongchan produced the dives in rounds two, four and five of the women's 10m platform final en route to a gold medal-winning performance of a quality and dominance that has been rarely seen in any sport at the Games.
As well as her three perfect dives, she registered the second and third best dives of the competition (six 10s and three 10s) to deliver a commanding victory over her 15-year-old compatriot Chen Yuxi.
Chen is the reigning world champion and was a winner earlier this week in the 10m platform syncro event. She was still way ahead of the rest of the field in silver but could not keep pace with the new standards being set by her even younger team-mate.
Team GB's Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix, who is the 16-year-old daughter of reality TV personality Fred Sirieix, also made it through to the final and dived consistently well to finish seventh, peaking with an excellent final dive.
Her team-mate, Lois Toulson, who is the partner of Jack Laugher – a gold, silver and bronze medallist across the Rio and Tokyo Games – finished ninth. Australia's Melissa Wu took bronze.
Quan takes gold, Chen takes silver, Wu takes bronze
... with Quan and Chen's last dives registering scores of 96.00 and 91.20 respectively, giving the former a third 'perfect 10'.
Quan ended up with a frankly astounding total of 466.20. She's officially a diving superstar.
Wu on course for bronze
... with a big score of 81.60, taking her to 371.40.
Spendolini-Sirieix with an excellent final dive
... which scores 72.00, giving her an impressive overall score of 305.50.
Bearing in mind she's only 16, she can be very, very proud of that showing.
Toulson finishes on a high
... scoring 64.00 to take her up to 289.60 in total.
At 21 years of age, she should have plenty more chances to win an Olympic medal in future.
Fifth and final dives coming up
... with Mexico's Alejandra Orozco up first.
She scores 68.60 which, for the moment, takes her up to third on a total of 322.05.
Chen scores 89.10
... briefly taking her top again.
Then, up steps Quan. An incredible dive ends with the water barely rippling on entry. She scores 96.00 again, returning her to the gold medal position with a massive total of 370.20.
Schnell still in contention
... for bronze after registering a score of 79.50, taking her up to 278.00 and to within touching distance of Wu.
Wu does well
... to score 73.60, taking her top on 289.80.
That may well be enough to win her bronze, but it's hard to see Quan and Chen letting go of gold and silver.
Spendolini-Sirieix drops back
... with a score of 51.20, her dive let down by a loose entry.
... Toulson does well to pull off an inwards three-and-a-half somersaults in the tuck position, entering the water smoothly.
She scores 62.40, taking her up to 225.60 in total.
Quan with another fantastic dive
... which scores 95.70, taking her up to 274.20.
That's unassailable, surely. Chen and Wu look set to battle it out for silver and bronze.
Chen top once more
... with a score of 85.80 and a total of 245.10.
Quan up next.
Spendolini-Sirieix goes second
... with a score of 63.00, giving her a total of 182.30. It's not a bad score but, given the quality of her competitors, it won't be enough to put her in medal contention.
Germany's Elena Wassen goes top
... with a score of 60.90 for her third dive, taking her up to 191.10.
It's a temporary lead, however, and won't be enough to fend off the two Chinese divers.
... from Quan, who scores 96.00 to take her to 178.50 in total.
That could well be enough to win her a gold medal. She's only 14 years old, amazingly.
Schnell loses ground
... after scoring 65.60, putting her on 142.40 in total behind Wu on 151.80.
Chen is up next and, despite an imperfect dive, she goes straight back to the top of the leaderboard with a score of 76.80 and 159.30 in total.
Toulson scores 37.80
... which she'll be disappointed with.
She overextended a little and her entry was slightly messy. Spendolini-Sirieix scores an improved 60.80.
Another excellent dive
... from China's Quan Hongchan sees her go second with another score of 82.50, knocking Wu off the medal spots.
Back to the diving
... where Chen Yuxi of China is in the gold medal spot after scoring 82.50, immediately knocking Delaney Schnell down into second with 76.80.
Australia's Melissa Wu is in third with 75.00. Team GB's Toulson and Spendolini-Sirieix need big second dives to climb the standings.
Yafai through to gold-medal bout!
Here's the latest from Pippa Field:
Galal Yafai will fight for gold after winning his men's flyweight semi-final against Saken Bibossinov via a split decision.
Facing Bibossinov, the 2019 world bronze medallist, Yafai sent the watching British support team into raptures at the Kokugikan Arena after edging the fight 3-2 on the judges' scorecard.
Yafai began strongly, peppering his opponent with a flurry of punches and finishing the first round ahead with all the judges, but a tighter second round followed and the Briton remained only narrowly ahead.
Both fighters had punches that could cause damage but landing them proved the issue. In the end Yafai, the 2019 light-flyweight Commonwealth champion, had just enough.
It means Britain's wait for a 50th medal of these Games will be put on ice for now. But the medal to come will be Britain's fifth in the ring, although they are guaranteed at least a bronze with Lauren Price in women's middleweight semi-final action tomorrow.
A haul of six medals betters the five they won at London 2012 and matches their total from the 1920 Games.
Spendolini-Sirieix with a sub-60 score
... registering 58.50 with her first dive.
Malaysia's Pandelela Rinong Pamg then has an absolute nightmare, also flicking the board with her feet before entering the water with a giant splash. She gets the lowest score so far, with 18.00.
Over in the diving
... Celine van Duijn has just scored 50.40 after brushing the board with her toes.
Team GB's Lois Toulson is up next and scores a solid 63.00.
Pippa Field on the venue:
Normally serving as the spiritual home of sumo wrestling, the Kokugikan Arena would be rocking if fans were allowed in. You would also see a rather different set up when it came to seating arrangements.
The upper tier is as standard, with your individual seats to perch on. But the box seating on the lower area is completely different with what is best described as square pens, or indeed boxes. You would normally sit on mats, with at least four people per box, and you must take your shoes off to sit down in them.
I've opted for a box seat to watch Galal Yafai's semi-final, joining the gaggle of photographers all fenced off into individual boxes trying to get their killer shot in the ring.
Pippa Field on the boxing:
Almost time for the men's flyweight semi-finals, with Britain's Galal Yafai fighting in the second one against Kazakh boxer Saken Bibossinov.
The British boxing contingent have been having a successful Games so far with two silvers, two bronzes and at least another two of the latter guaranteed with Yafai and Lauren Price both making the semi-finals.
Plenty at stake for Yafai here – lose and he picks up that bronze, which would represent Team GB's 50th medal out here in Tokyo. But the 28-year-old would much rather be making headlines of a different kind, notably in earning the chance to fight for gold.
Already the men's light flyweight champion at Commonwealth Games level, he takes on a boxer who finished with bronze at the 2019 world championships, although he needed a split decision victory to make it through to the semi-finals.
It promises to be a tight affair, potentially Bibossinov to take the win here.
Overnight Team GB medallist unsure over Paris tilt
Liam Heath says it is a case of "wait and see" whether he will continue his Olympic journey to Paris and a fourth Games.
The 36-year-old won bronze in the K1 200m at Sea Forest Waterway, his fourth Olympic medal after successes at London 2012 and Rio five years ago.
Heath, who set an Olympic-best time of 33.985 seconds during Wednesday's qualifying, took second in the opening semi-final to set up his medal assault.
And while he could not make it successive golds, it was another medal in the collection for Guildford-based Heath.
Asked if Tokyo might be the final chapter, he said: "That's a question still to be answered and thought about very deeply.
"It's a decision that has got to be made between me, my family, and everyone at home in terms of the commitment that they put in and the support behind you.
"It is a unique position to be in because it's just another three years [to Paris]. It seems to be just around the corner.
"The 200m is unfortunately stepping back as an Olympic event, but there are new opportunities both in the slalom and the sprint, with the K2 500m being reintroduced, which has a legacy in this sport already. That's something that I might turn towards.
"Those decisions still have to be made. You are on cloud nine at the minute, but you kind of forget all the hardship and sacrifices that people make and you make to get to where you are.
"It will take me a couple of weeks to look back, evaluate and see how happy I am to continue towards a fourth Games. We will have to wait and see."
Heath admitted that arriving at an Olympics as a defending champion had been an interesting experience.
"It is completely different," he added. "As much as you try to push it to the back of your mind, coming into an event as a defending champion with everyone looking at you is very much there.
"In your mind, you try and keep focus on what you want to achieve. I've had challenges with doing that, but at the end of the day I managed to sort my head.
"It is a bit of a mental game. You can prepare your body as much as you can, but the brain is generally the engine.
"I suppose it has weighed on me a little bit, but not an incredible amount.
"It is very flattering to have everyone look to you as a beacon of performance and try to emulate and beat you. That is a very privileged position to be in."
Heath clocked 35.202 seconds to finish third behind Hungary's Sandor Totka, with Italian Manfredi Rizza taking silver.