Bryony Page takes Olympic bronze in trampolining as Great Britain through to semi-final in women's sevens

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Bryony Page poses with her medal - REUTERS
Bryony Page poses with her medal - REUTERS

Never mind a bronze medal, the good news for Bryony Page is that she will now be getting a new leotard. She made a deal with her father when she was 12 that every time she went up on difficulty scale in her trampoline routine, he would buy her the latest bit of kit. And here, for the first time in her life, she turned the difficulty dial to over 15.

Mind, Page needed to produce something special to come close to matching the silver she won in Rio. When she went off in the final here, she had to better the score of Canada’s Rosannagh MacLennan, the reigning champion, even to assure a place on the podium. And how she did it, her rhythm, control and poise remarkable.

“It does feel like flying,” she said. “I love bouncing high and being able to spin fast and twist, and when I do the skills how I want them to be it feels amazing, almost like driving your own roller coaster.”

Great Britain's Bryony Page in action during the Women's Trampoline Gymnastics at Ariake Gymnastic Centre on the seventh day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan - PA/Mike Egerton 
Great Britain's Bryony Page in action during the Women's Trampoline Gymnastics at Ariake Gymnastic Centre on the seventh day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan - PA/Mike Egerton

A roller coaster, that is, without a safety harness. Trampolining is a seriously risky business. As they swish and swirl, reaching heights of 33ft, the competitors are judged on difficulty, execution, flight and something called horizontal displacement, which means how much they move around to use the full extent of the trampoline.

The problem is, get too close to the edge in search of full exploration and problems can be encountered. Dangerous problems, as Britain’s Laura Gallagher discovered on her second qualification routine, careering off the edge and landing in an uncomfortable sprawl.

She was not the only one. The Japanese Hikaru Mori, Canada’s Samantha Smith and the Russian Iana Lebedeva landed awkwardly on to the safety mats rapidly thrust out by volunteers.

After their crashes, they were all required to sit there while the judges delivered their verdict, to find out how marked down they had been.

For Gallagher, it was five years of work crashing out in a few seconds of flying through the Tokyo air; her Olympic competition over almost before it was done.

However dangerous it might have been, though, Page looked serene. Going third last in the final running order, which was based on qualification position, she quickly got herself up to vertiginous height with seven or eight bounces, then put in her series of swirls and curls, bouncing 10 times in between. She looked in magnificent form. It was enough to overtake MacLennan and guarantee a medal. When she saw her mark, she leapt in the air in delight.

“It was a moment of pure joy,” she said, recalling the manner in which she had bounced almost as high as when atop the trampoline. All she had to do was then sit through the routines of the two Chinese, Xueying Zhu and Lingling Liu, to see where she would finish in the medal reckoning. Elegant, smooth, controlled, both of them appeared to be made of elastic as they undertook a series of frankly ridiculous spins. They both earned sufficient points to push Page back into third place.

Though she did not seem overly disappointed. In fact, she seemed rather surprised. This was not something she expected, after a lengthy period out of the sport recovering from an ankle operation. Plus, as she admitted with a reluctant shrug, she is now 30, her nerve and bounce no longer quite what they were when she first made her deal with father.

“I didn’t know if it was going to be good enough to make the podium,” she admitted. “I wasn’t sure. I didn’t want to finish fourth. I’m so happy that I can go home feeling happy and bring back a medal for everyone who has supported me and helped me through this.”

An Olympic enthusiast, a collector of badges, pins and all things five rings, this clearly meant the world to her. Now that she has two medals, her collection is complete.

GB women one win away from Tokyo sevens final

Jasmine Joyce of Team Great Britain breaks away to score a try in the Women's Quarter Final match between Team United States and Team Great Britain during the Rugby Sevens on day seve - Fred Lee/Getty Images
Jasmine Joyce of Team Great Britain breaks away to score a try in the Women's Quarter Final match between Team United States and Team Great Britain during the Rugby Sevens on day seve - Fred Lee/Getty Images

Great Britain's women will play France on Saturday for a place in the Tokyo Olympics sevens final. A 21-12 victory over the United States put them into the semi-finals, which means they have at least matched their performance at the Rio Games five years ago.

It was a dominant display that saw Jasmine Joyce score the opening try after just 38 seconds. Holly Aitchison converted, and then added the extras to an Abbie Brown touchdown as Britain built a 14-point interval lead.

Joyce's second try early in the second half, again converted by Aitchison, gave the United States a mountain to climb, and it proved too much despite late tries by Kristi Kirshe and Naya Tapper.

Fiji and New Zealand will contest the other last-four encounter after the former knocked out defending Olympic champions Australia 14-12.

Britain's Celia Quansah said: "The grit and determination we showed, especially in that defensive set at the end was unreal.

"We showed heart like no other, and I am just so proud of the team. We know what we've got to do - fuel up and come back firing tomorrow."

And Quansah's team-mate Alex Matthews added: "It was backing each other up, trusting each other to make those one-on-one hits.

"We've got some of the smallest girls, we are not a big team. Defence wins you the game and makes it easier once you have got the ball."

France overcame China to secure a semi-final spot, but the odds favour a Great Britain versus New Zealand final. If that happens, it would be a repeat of their pool game earlier in the tournament that New Zealand won 26-21 after trailing by 21 points.

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Day seven, afternoon session - as it happened

01:51 PM

That's all for now

... but, while you're waiting for more Olympic action, why not read about Selemon Barega's success in the men's 10,000m?

01:49 PM

In the women's football

... the USA have beaten the Netherlands on penalties, sending them through to the semi-finals.

01:46 PM

Full time, Belgium 2-2 Great Britain

After an energy-conserving last few minutes, the match ends with the scores level.

Britain will now meet India in the quarter-finals, while Belgium will take on Spain.

01:44 PM

Both sides seem happy with a draw

... with Belgium now knocking it about at the back serenely.

We've got just under two minutes to go at the Oi Hockey Stadium and it would be a huge surprise if it doesn't end 2-2.

01:32 PM

All square after third quarter

... and Britain have 15 minutes left to beat Belgium here.

01:26 PM

GOAL! Belgium 2-2 Great Britain

Having just made a fantastic save at a penalty corner, Payne is breached by a close-range strike from Thomas Briels.

01:19 PM

GOAL! Belgium 1-2 Great Britain

Ward does brilliantly to take down the ball and pick out Liam Ansell, who instantly restores Britain's lead.

01:18 PM

GOAL! Belgium 1-1 Great Britain

There's a penalty corner to Belgium after a referral spots the ball brushing a British foot.

Britain defend it well, but Belgium get another. Second time around, Tom Boon thrashes a shot into the back of the net.

01:12 PM

Update from the women's football

... where another goal for Vivianne Miedema has seen the Netherlands take the USA to extra time.

01:11 PM

Team GB go close!

... with Sam Ward lunging at the ball at the far post but failing to make contact.

01:10 PM

Third quarter begins

... can Britain right the wrong of that non-goal and extend their lead? Or will Belgium peg them back?

Only the hockey gods have the answers. The rest of us will find out soon enough, though.

01:05 PM

Half time, Belgium 0-1 Great Britain

That was a good second quarter for Britain, but it could have been so much better.

That umpiring error from Vazquez could come back to haunt them. He will have to hope that it's not the main talking point come the end of the match.

Rupert Shipperley celebrates with his team-mates after making it 1-0 - REUTERS
Rupert Shipperley celebrates with his team-mates after making it 1-0 - REUTERS

12:56 PM

Team GB denied!

The ball crosses the line but umpire Paco Vazquez decides otherwise.

Britain wasted their referral on a marginal back stick a few minutes ago, which has cost them. It should be 2-0.

12:44 PM

Injury break

... after Belgium's Alexander Hendrickx gets a clonk to the head which leaves him cut and bleeding.

He's led off the field and we're back underway.

12:40 PM

Back and forth

Belgium fail to convert two penalty corners in quick succession, with Ollie Payne making an excellent save first time round.

Team GB roar up the other end and Rupert Shipperley thwacks one, forcing Vincent Vanasch to save with his left leg.

12:37 PM

GOAL! Belgium 0-1 Great Britain

A well worked move sees Team GB's Rupert Shipperley sweep home from close range for the opener.

12:32 PM

Goalless after first quarter

... with Belgium and Britain getting a feel for each other during a fairly cagey opening period.

In the other match in Group B, Germany lead the Netherlands 1-0.

12:29 PM

Belgium threatening

... but Great Britain are holding firm, with the score still 0-0 at the Oi Hockey Stadium.

12:23 PM

It's hockey time

12:11 PM

Men's hockey up next

... with Team GB taking on Belgium in Pool B.

Britain are already in the quarter-finals having beaten South Africa and Canada, drawn with the Netherlands and lost to Germany. Belgium, meanwhile, have won all four of their games at Tokyo 2020 so far.

12:05 PM

Barega triumphs in 10,000m

The men's 10,000m is done and dusted, with Ethiopia's Selemon Barega winning gold.

Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo, both representing Uganda, won silver and bronze respectively. Rob Bagchi has all the reaction and analysis here.

Selemon Barega waves the Ethiopian flag - REUTERS
Selemon Barega waves the Ethiopian flag - REUTERS

11:59 AM

Sweden beat Japan to reach semis

Over in Saitama, Sweden have beaten Japan 3-1 to dump the hosts out at the quarter-final stage.

The USA are currently 2-1 up against the Netherlands, with Vivianne Miedema's early strike cancelled out by goals from Sam Mewis and Lynn Williams.

11:32 AM

Australia progress, Great Britain out

Sam Kerr made it 4-2 to the Matildas before Ellen White pulled one back to complete her hat-trick, but it wasn't enough for Team GB.

That'll be devastating for White and co, who led 2-1 until the last minute of normal time.

Australia celebrate their extra-time victory - AP
Australia celebrate their extra-time victory - AP

11:12 AM

Nightmare for Team GB

... with Caroline Weir seeing a penalty saved by Teagan Micah before, moments later, Mary Fowler's deflected strike makes it 3-2 to Australia.

Can Hege Riise's side respond? It's worth switching over to Fiona Tomas' live blog for the second period of extra time.

10:56 AM

In the other women's football quarter-finals

... Canada have just beaten Brazil on penalties, while Sweden are currently drawing 1-1 with Japan.

The Netherlands kick off against the USA later on in a re-run of the 2019 World Cup final.

10:47 AM

Australia equalise

Matildas star Sam Kerr scores in the 89th minute to make it 2-2, meaning that extra time beckons in Kashima.

10:33 AM

Meanwhile, in the football

... it's 2-1 to Team GB after a brace from Ellen White.

The Manchester City forward now has five goals at Tokyo 2020. With just under 15 minutes of the game remaining, you can follow the nail-biting finale here.

Ellen White goes wild with her team-mates after making it 2-1 to Great Britain - REUTERS
Ellen White goes wild with her team-mates after making it 2-1 to Great Britain - REUTERS

10:28 AM

Djokovic defeated

Novak Djokovic has been beaten by Alexander Zverev in his men's singles semi-final, losing 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 to miss out on a historic Golden Slam.

It's the third time that Djokovic has fallen at the semi-final stage of the Olympics after Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

10:22 AM

Full time, USA 12-21 Great Britain

Naya Tapper gets a consolation try for the USA under the posts, but it's all over and Britain are through to the semis.

That was a masterclass, really, with Britain roaring ahead and then bogging down the USA with an attritional rearguard action.

Great Britain celebrate at the final whistle - REUTERS
Great Britain celebrate at the final whistle - REUTERS

10:18 AM

TRY! USA 5-21 Great Britain

Despite valiant defending from Britain, the USA play through the phases and Kristi Kirshe eventually goes over.

The kick is missed, however, meaning that the USA still need to score three tries to win.

10:14 AM

TRY! USA 0-21 Great Britain

Joyce scores again, a wonderful feint sending her clean through and allowing her to sprint over the line unchallenged.

Another successful kick gives Britain a 21-point lead.

10:11 AM

Half time, USA 0-14 Great Britain

Britain have utterly dominated so far, pinning the USA to their try line and scoring 14 points unanswered.

If they produce the same kind of performance after the restart, they're through to the semi-finals.

10:06 AM

TRY! USA 0-14 Great Britain

Abbie Brown spins off a tackle, breaks the USA's defensive line and charges over from close range. Again, it's converted.

10:04 AM

TRY! USA 0-7 Great Britain

Jasmine Joyce finishes off a flowing move to run in a near-instant try for Team GB, which is then converted.

It's the perfect start for Great Britain.

Jasmine Joyce crosses the line - AP
Jasmine Joyce crosses the line - AP

09:57 AM

Women's rugby sevens kicking off imminently

... after the earlier lightning delay.

Can Team GB progress to the semi-finals at the expense of the USA? Let's find out.

09:49 AM

Australia lead Team GB at half time

... with Kennedy's header the difference between the two teams at the break.

Hege Riise's side have 45 minutes to turn things around in Kashima if they're going to reach the women's football semi-finals.

09:45 AM

Latest from the tennis

It is extremely hot and humid on centre court at the Ariake Tennis Centre and world No 1 Novak Djokovic is in a spot of bother in his semi-final against Germany's Alexander Zverev.

Djokovic, who can claim a rare Golden Slam if he wins the singles here and then the US Open, had raced through the opening set 6-1.

But Zverev pegged him back 6-3 in the second and then broke the Serbian in the very first game of the decider.

Djokovic, not generally a fan of the humidity and one of those players who was complaining loudly about the searing conditions earlier on this week, has just screamed towards his coaching staff at 2-0 down.

He's also due back on court three shortly after this match has concluded to contest his mixed doubles semi-final alongside Nina Stojanovic. Good luck to her coping with his mood if he's exited the singles first.

By Pippa Field

Novak Djokovic is struggling against Alexander Zverev - REUTERS
Novak Djokovic is struggling against Alexander Zverev - REUTERS

09:38 AM

Australia go ahead against Team GB

... Alanna Kennedy scoring with a free header at a corner to make it 1-0 to the Matildas.

Britain will be disappointed with their defending at the set piece. Fiona Tomas has all the latest from their women's football quarter-final here.

09:27 AM

Athletics on the way

... with the men's 10,000m final the headline event. For the first time since Beijing 2008, it will not feature Mo Farah.

Want to follow the action live? Rob Bagchi is presiding over our dedicated athletics live blog.

09:12 AM

Sevens delayed

... thanks to rolling thunder and lightning in Tokyo.

08:49 AM

Team GB also in action in women's rugby sevens

... with their quarter-final against the USA kicking off at 10:30am BST.

Britain have already beaten the Russian Olympic Committee and Kenya in the pool stage, their two wins coming either side of a dramatic 26-21 defeat to New Zealand. The Black Ferns Sevens have just beaten the ROC 36-0 to reach the semis.

08:35 AM

Coming up

... Team GB take on Australia in the women's football quarter-finals.

Britain conceded only once at the group stage, finishing top ahead of Canada and Japan, while the Matildas scraped through as one of the best third-placed teams. You can follow our live coverage of the game right here.

08:15 AM

Earlier in the day

... Team GB's Sarah Adlington exited in the first round of the women's +78kg judo after losing by ippon to Tunisia's Nihel Cheikh Rouhou.

08:01 AM

Forbes-Cryans rues early mistake

Speaking to Eurosport afterwards, Forbes-Cryans says: "Sixth place in itself is a fantastic result at the Olympic Games.

"There was a shake of the head [at the end] because when I missed the cross from gate four to five at that point you just really want to restart your run.

"I think my team-mate Kimberley Woods, in her final she also missed that cross as well. Speaking to her afterwards you do just wish that you could restart your run, but those are the risks of sport and I love it, so I'm just really looking forward to getting on with the rest of my season.

"It's only one race in the season, albeit the Olympic Games is massive. I've loved every part of it, but I'm really looking forward to getting into some good training back at home and getting ready for the world championships in Bratislava later this season."

Forbes-Cryans is looking ahead to the world championships in September - PA
Forbes-Cryans is looking ahead to the world championships in September - PA

07:47 AM

Forbes-Cryans has plenty to build on

It has been a long wait but, 690 days after first being selected for the British team for Tokyo, Bradley Forbes-Cryans can now boast a top-six finish at his maiden Olympic Games.

The 26-year-old was among the early cohort of British athletes named for the Olympics back in October 2019, an announcement that was met with raised eyebrows from some after the paddler, fourth at the world championships a month previously, pipped defending champion Joe Clarke to the one available place in the K1 slalom event.

Any chance to silence the critics swiftly the following summer was put on ice with the postponement of the Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic – a time that would prove to be especially testing with his father suffering a stroke before the first lockdown and subsequently contracting Covid-19 in hospital.

Forbes-Cryans' training base, the Lee Valley Water centre, was also closed for three or four months meaning valuable time off the water.

The Scot, the fourth paddler from CR Cats Canoe Club in Alva to represent Team GB after double Olympian Fiona Pennie, 2004 Olympic silver medallist Campbell Walsh and C2 paddler Craig Brown, eventually made it to Tokyo, making it through the heats and then this morning's semi-finals in fifth to race for a medal.

He made a flying start but a two-second penalty on gate 18 – the only paddler in the top six to accrue a penalty – cost him valuable time. He eventually finished with a time of 100.58 seconds, 8.95 seconds off eventual champion Jiri Prskavec of the Czech Republic and 3.47 seconds off the podium.

By Pippa Field

Bradley Forbes-Cryans lets his emotions show after his run - PA
Bradley Forbes-Cryans lets his emotions show after his run - PA

07:38 AM

Prskavec wins gold!

A brave, battling run sees Prskavec win gold with a fantastic time of 91.63 seconds, blowing everyone else out of the water.

Grigar wins silver, with Aigner nabbing bronze. Forbes-Cryans ends up in sixth, with that time penalty proving costly.

07:33 AM

Disappointment for Neveu

... who twice receives a two-second penalty and ends up with a time of 101.18.

07:30 AM

USA's Michal Smolen up next

... and a decent run sees him end up with a time of 99.12.

That puts him fourth on the leaderboard, knocking Forbes-Cryans down to fifth. Grigar is now guaranteed a medal with only France's Boris Neveu and the Czech Republic's Jiri Prskavec to go.

07:27 AM

Forbes-Cryans gets two-second penalty

... giving him a final time of 100.58 and bumping him down the leaderboard.

In the meantime, Slovakia's Jakub Grigar whizzes through the course in 94.85 seconds to go top.

07:25 AM

Forbes-Cryans goes second on leaderboard

Having flown into the course, he lost a couple of seconds after being buffeted early on and had to battle to recover.

That caught up with him later, when he seemed to be running on empty. Nonetheless, he posts a time of 98.58, 1.47 seconds behind Aigner.

07:19 AM

Forbes-Cryans up next

... with Team GB's medal hopes resting on his shoulders.

Gwan, Bradley!

07:17 AM

Australia's Lucien Delfour let down by error

... at gate 24, with a two-second penalty giving him a time of 102.33.

Having started well, he fatigued towards the end of his run and slowed considerably. That won't be enough for a medal.

07:13 AM

Hannes Aigner goes top

... with a time of 97.11, which is creditable but unlikely to put the German canoeist on the podium.

07:10 AM

David Llorente gets two-second penalty

... for touching a pole, leaving the Spanish contender with a time of 100.08 and second place on the nascent leaderboard.

He then gets a further 50 seconds added on, leaving him third with a time of 150.08.

07:06 AM

Felix Oschmautz with a better time

... the Austrian canoeist finishing the course in 98.79 seconds.

07:04 AM

Sweden's Erik Holmer up first

... and he registers a time of 96.59 seconds.

There were a couple of errors in there and, at the end of it all, he receives a 52-second penalty. That gives him a time of 148.59 in total, which will leave him way off the medal places.

07:01 AM

The course

... is 230m in length with a total drop of 4.5m, 25 gates and rapid water flow.

In other words, it's really, really hard. The strength and dexterity needed to get through it is astounding.

06:56 AM

Canoeing K1 final coming up

... with Great Britain's Bradley Forbes-Cryans in medal contention.

The event will be broadcast on Eurosport and BBC One, in case you're not familiar with the Olympic TV schedule.

06:45 AM

Thomas congratulates BMX medallists

06:31 AM

Xueying wins gold

... with compatriot Liu Lingling earning a silver medal with the final routine of the event, scoring 56.350.

That means Page wins bronze, following up on her silver medal at Rio 2016.

Bryony Page in the middle of her bronze medal-winning routine - REUTERS
Bryony Page in the middle of her bronze medal-winning routine - REUTERS

06:22 AM

Zhu Xueying goes one better

... scoring 56.635 to push Page down into the silver medal spot.

China's Xueying upped her difficulty bravely and executed it to perfection. This has been a magnificent contest so far.

06:18 AM

Britain's Bryony Page! She's done it!

Page soars to the top of the leaderboard with a routine of supreme difficulty, meaning she's now guaranteed a medal having scored 55.735.

Can she remain in the gold medal position?

06:14 AM

But wait a minute!

Defending Olympic champion Rosie MacLennan of Canada posts a score of 55.460. That will be hard to beat.

06:11 AM

Megu Uyama goes top

... after an excellent showing earns the Japanese trampolinist a score of 54.655.

06:06 AM

Meanwhile, over in the women's trampoline

... Nicole Ahsinger of the USA has just moved into first place with a score of 54.350 after a tidy routine.

05:58 AM

What else you missed overnight

05:50 AM

Canoeing update

Bradley Forbes-Cryans will feature in the K1 final at 8am BST after coming through the heats in the last 30 minutes.

He will be looking to follow Mallory Franklin's lead in winning another medal for Team GB. You can follow updates of that here.

Bradley Forbes-Cryans of Britain in action  - REUTERS
Bradley Forbes-Cryans of Britain in action - REUTERS

05:49 AM

Women's 100m report from overnight - Dina Asher-Smith through

The women's 100m round-one heats exploded into life on Friday on day one of the track and field events, after the Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta Lou roared across the finish line with a blistering 10.78 seconds at a hot and spectator-less Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.

Cloud cover offered athletes some respite from the heat and the relative quietness of the stadium gave the feel of a church experience, but the sprinters were incredibly fast on their way to the semi-finals scheduled to take place on Saturday.

The defending Olympic champion Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah ran a scorching 10.82 to advance and she almost slowed towards the finish line. She was all smiles and thumbs up after a performance that made a clear statement of intent that she was not yet ready to relinquish her title.

Her compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce cruised to the semis as she began her quest to become the first woman to win three Olympic 100m gold medals with an impressive 10.84.

The 34-year-old, who won gold in Beijing and London, took some time away from the sport to have a baby but arrived in Tokyo on the back of an astonishing 10.63 run and is hot favourite to match compatriot Usain Bolt with a third gold in the blue ribbon event.

"Having a year off with my having my son kind of rejuvenated, you know, my motivation," Fraser-Pryce said after her race. "If you notice the heat, that's some really quick running, so you just have to make sure that you're ready."

The Jamaican sprinters, that includes Shericka Jackson, the 400m bronze medallist in Rio from five years ago, who also advanced to the semis, showed just how explosive they can be as they go after a clean sweep of the medals on Saturday.

But Marie-Josee Ta Lou's performance sent a message that the 32-year old world 100m silver medallist is going to be a force to be reckoned with on Saturday.

"Surprise, surprise. I'm in shock actually. I know I'm ready," she said after her scintillating run. "I really didn't expect to run as fast as I just did."

"It's great," she added.

The fast times witnessed in the heats showed just how pumped up the women's sprinters are, Herah said.

"Everybody wants to get involved and be a real champion," she said after her run. "These are some of the quickest fields in the history of the event."

Another contender is Britain's Dina Asher-Smith, the 200m world champion, who carries her country's hopes of a first medal in the women's 100m since 1960. She also advanced after finishing second in her round one heat with a 11.07 performance behind the American Teahna Daniels, who ran 11.04.

Daniels and her compatriot 26-year Javianne Oliver, who also advanced along with another American, Jenna Prandini, carry the burden of trying to win the United States' first legal gold since Gail Devers triumphed in 1996.

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