Tearful James Wilby, five swimming finalists and GB men's hockey great escape - here's everything you missed

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Tearful James Wilby, five swimming finalists and GB men's hockey great escape - here's everything you missed  - Reuters
Tearful James Wilby, five swimming finalists and GB men's hockey great escape - here's everything you missed - Reuters

James Wilby was unable to continue Great Britain’s medal rush at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, fading to finish sixth in a fast 200m breaststroke final that was won in a new Olympic record by Izaac Stubblety-Cook.

The 27-year-old Wilby had been third after the first 100m, behind leader Arno Kamminga, but the 200m specialists came into their own on the final length, with Stubblety-Cook producing a grandstand finish to win his first Olympic gold.

While there was understandable disappointment for Wilby, he was unable to stop himself from crying when asked whether his mother's work vaccinating people amid the coronavirus pandemic over the last few months in their home city of York put his result into some perspective.

"Oh God, now you're going to get me emotional," he said. "My mum's been...damn you! There was always someone that was going to get it, it was either going to be one of my team-mates or one of you guys.

"My mum's been putting in such a shift for me over the last 27 years and that's probably the main disappointment which is I know I've made her proud, but I haven't quite won the medal I would liked to have won for her.

"She's been working as a nurse, giving out vaccines recently, to an extent which makes me so proud of her and for what's she done for me and my brother over the last quite a few years.

"I'm really, really happy with what she's done. She's the role model in all this, I hope she enjoyed watching that."

Tantalising prospect of five finals in 35 minutes

GB's fortunes in the pool did improve. Luke Greenback qualified second for the final of the 200m backstroke on Friday when he is expected to be competing for gold with Russia’s Evgeny Rylov and Ryan Murphy, the American defending champion who won three golds at the Rio Olympics.

In the women’s 100m freestyle semi-finals, Anna Hopkin followed up her British record swim in the heats by qualifying eighth for Friday’s final. Her Team GB team-mate, Freya Anderson, missed out after finishing sixth in the first of the two semi-finals.

Luke Greenbank in the men's 200-meter backstroke semifinal - AP
Luke Greenbank in the men's 200-meter backstroke semifinal - AP

Duncan Scott, who has stayed slightly in the shadow of partner Tom Dean until now, produced a dominant display to reach the final of the men's men's 200m individual medley.

GB will have two medal chances in the women's 200m breaststroke with Abbie Wood and Molly Henshaw progressing on Thursday morning. They will line up next to each other in lanes six and seven respectively.

China stun relay heavyweights

The swimming performance of the morning belonged to China, who vanquished the US and Australia with a world-record performance in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay.

Katie Ledecky took the anchor leg for the Americans in third place, nearly 2 seconds behind the Chinese and also trailing the Aussies.

Ledecky passed Australia's Leah Neale and closed the gap significantly on China's Li Bingjie, but couldn't quite catch her at the end.

Gold medalists Junxuan Yang, Yufei Zhang, Bingjie Li and Muhan Tang of Team China - Getty Images
Gold medalists Junxuan Yang, Yufei Zhang, Bingjie Li and Muhan Tang of Team China - Getty Images

Li touched in 7 minutes, 40.33 seconds, denying both Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus another gold medal.

Elsewhere, a second Olympic record of the morning was set in the men’s 100m freestyle, with American Caeleb Dressel edging out Kyle Chalmers in the final metres to clinch his second gold of these Games in 47.02 sec.

GB men's hockey get out of jail

After a humiliating 5-1 defeat against Germany in their opening match, GB's men's hockey team needed to avoid defeat against Holland to stand a chance of progression and they were given an almighty scare.

They fought back from 2-0 down, equalising in the final quarter thanks to Sam Ward. Ward's equaliser four minutes from time confirmed they will progress after Holland led the Pool B encounter through goals by Thierry Brinkman and Jip Janssen.

There was some desperate defending in the closing stages but GB held on to secure the result they needed to stay alive.

Sam Ward of Britain celebrates after scorin - Reuters
Sam Ward of Britain celebrates after scorin - Reuters

Glover bows out without a fairytale ending

Helen Glover ruled out another rowing return after an agonising fourth place at the Tokyo Olympics.

The defending women's pair champion finished just outside the medals with Polly Swann as New Zealand took the title ahead of the Russian Olympic Committee and Canada.

Glover, who won in 2012 and 2016, only returned to training in March 2020 following four years away after starting a family and insisted she does not expect to make another comeback with Team GB.

She said: "Well do you know what, in Rio I said it was my last one. This time I'm saying that it definitely is and everyone around me keeps saying 'No, no, you'll be back doing the single!'

"I definitely don't see myself doing the single. That's definitely not in the pipeline. I never think beyond the finish line so for me I'm just looking forward to getting home and having some downtime."

Elsewhere in the rowing, GB missed out on a medal by one-tenth of a second with Emily Craig and Imogen Grant the unlucky pair in the women's lightweight double sculls. The race was won by Italy.

 Emily Craig and Imogen Grant the unlucky pair in the  women's lightweight double sculls. - Eurosport
Emily Craig and Imogen Grant the unlucky pair in the women's lightweight double sculls. - Eurosport

Fintan McCarthy and Paul O'Donovan earned Ireland's first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics as they won the men's lightweight double sculls. It was Ireland's second rowing medal of the Games.

Some surprise names at the top of golf's leaderboard

European Tour journeyman Sepp Straka is the early leader in the men's Olympic golf tournament, which started at Kasumigaseki Country Club on Thursday.

The Austrian shot an eight-under par round of 63 to lead Belgian Thomas Pieters, Mexican Carlos Ortiz and Thailand's Jazz Janewattananond by two.

Team GB'S Paul Casey made a solid start with a four-under 67. Casey is looking to follow in the footsteps of Justin Rose who won gold in Rio five years ago.

Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood were among the later starters, and were one and two-under respectively when play was suspended due to lightning.

Paul Casey of Team Great Britain plays an approach shot on the second fairway during the first round of the Men's Individual Stroke Play  - Getty Images
Paul Casey of Team Great Britain plays an approach shot on the second fairway during the first round of the Men's Individual Stroke Play - Getty Images

More Covid disruption

American pole-vaulter Sam Kendricks has been ruled out of the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for coronavirus, the United States Olympic Committee has confirmed.

Kendricks, the reigning world champion who won bronze at the Rio Games in 2016, has left the Olympic Village and been transferred to a quarantine facility in the Japanese capital.

The USOC said in a statement: "The health and safety of our athletes, coaches and staff is our top priority. We are saddened to confirm that Sam Kendricks tested positive for Covid-19 and will not compete in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

"In alignment with local rules and protocols, he has been transferred to a hotel to be placed in isolation and is being supported by the USATF and USOPC staff.

"Sam is an incredible and accomplished member of Team USA and his presence will be missed. Out of respect for his privacy, we cannot provide more information at this time."

As it happened in the day six morning session

06:00 AM

That's all from me this morning

You can follow the later action with my colleague Luke Slater, starting with Mallory Franklin going for gold in C1 canoe slalom. There is also the potential for more medal action in the gymnastics. Join the live blog here to ensure you do not miss a beat.

05:35 AM

Kendricks' absence confirmed now

American double world champion pole vaulter Sam Kendricks has been ruled out of the Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19, leading to members of the Australian team being put into isolation on Thursday.

United States Olympic and athletics officials confirmed Kendricks' positive test, tweeting: "The health and safety of our athletes, coaches and staff is our top priority. "In alignment with local rules and protocols he has been transferred to a hotel to be placed in isolation and is being supported by the USATF and USOPC staff."

The immediate knock-on effect was that members of the Australian team have been forced to isolate in their rooms as a precaution.

"Members of the Australian track and field team are now undergoing testing procedures in line with Australian Olympic Team protocols," the Australian Olympic Committee said in a statement.

05:26 AM

How things look at the golf

Tokyo Olympics golf - Getty Images
Tokyo Olympics golf - Getty Images

05:21 AM

The latest on the shooting from Pippa Field

Worried where to get your next British medal fix today? Well make sure to tune in to the men's trap final from 0730. Matt Coward-Holley came through qualification, shooting his final three rounds without missing a shot.

It promises to be a tight and tense affair in the final but Coward-Holley is no stranger to that, having won World and European gold in the last two years.

His is a remarkable story off the range, too, having seen his professional rugby dreams dashed as a youngster after twice suffering serious back injuries and being told that if he continued playing, he risked ending up spending his life in a wheelchair. Rugby's loss is shooting's gain it would seem.

05:20 AM

Play suspended in the golf

Only a handful of players left on the course at the end of round one, but play has been suspended due to a thunderstorm.

04:59 AM

An emotional reaction from James Wilby to his race

He finished sixth in the end, and was choking up in his post-race interview.

"Oh God, now you're going to get me emotional," he said. "My mum's been...damn you! There was always someone that was going to get it, it was either going to be one of my team-mates or one of you guys.

"My mum's been putting in such a shift for me over the last 27 years and that's probably the main disappointment which is I know I've made her proud, but I haven't quite won the medal I would liked to have won for her.

"She's been working as a nurse, giving out vaccines recently, to an extent which makes me so proud of her and for what's she done for me and my brother over the last quite a few years.

"I'm really, really happy with what she's done. She's the role model in all this, I hope she enjoyed watching that."

04:51 AM

Full time in the hockey

A 2-2 draw between Team GB and Holland. It keeps them alive in the six-nation pool stage.

Pirmin Blaak of the Netherlands concedes a goal s - Reuters
Pirmin Blaak of the Netherlands concedes a goal s - Reuters

04:46 AM

Table tennis latest

By Reuters

China's Sun Yingsha crushed Japanese paddler Mima Ito in the semi-final of the women's singles on Thursday to advance to the gold medal match, where she will face off against her compatriot world number one Chen Meng.

World number three Sun, who has won six of the eight previous meetings against Ito, overwhelmed the Japanese paddler in a 11-6 11-8 11-7 11-6 victory.

"I've always looked forward to fighting against Ito, who's the same age as me," Sun told reporters.

"Every match with her has taught me something, and I can tell that Ito is getting stronger match after match. I'm getting stronger and stronger as well by battling with such a powerful player," said the 20-year old, who is the same age as Ito.

04:41 AM

GB have an equaliser in the hockey!

Sam Ward might just have kept their Olympics hopes alive. Another defeat will surely have sent them packing.

04:35 AM

No medal for GB in the judo

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04:34 AM

Team GB pull a goal back in the hockey

They trail 2-1 against Holland with eight minutes remaining in the final quarter. Conditions looks sapping in Tokyo.

04:22 AM

Paul Casey in the clubhouse at four-under

That's a very solid start, just four behind the leader Straka. Norwegian Viktor Hovland is going well at five-under, as is American Patrick Reed who is on the same score as Casey at four-under. Reed replaced Bryson DeChambeau after his positive Covid test.

04:12 AM

Frazer Clarke through with a comfortable victory

The British super-heavyweight went through his full repertoire of shots against Ukraine's Tsotne Rogava and won by split decision.

Britain's Frazer Clarke fights Ukraine's Tsotne Rogava during their men's super heavy  - AFP
Britain's Frazer Clarke fights Ukraine's Tsotne Rogava during their men's super heavy - AFP

04:07 AM

Team GB Hockey are 2-0 down

No glad tidings to offer you on this front. After losing their opening game against Germany, they have conceded either side of the break between first and second quarter.

03:55 AM

Victory for China in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay

USA's Katie Ledecky tried to chase down Li in the last leg but to no avail! A very good hour or so for China in the pool. China take the gold with a world record time of seven minutes 40.33 seconds with swimming heavyweights Australia and America in the other medal positions.

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03:48 AM

Covid sends another athlete packing

American double world champion pole vaulter Sam Kendricks has been ruled out of the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19, according to the athlete's father.

"Today in Tokyo officials informed Sam that his daily test was positive so he is out of the competition," he tweeted. "He feels fine and has no symptoms."

United States athletics officials are yet to confirm the news.

Kendricks won the world title in 2017 and 2019 and Olympic bronze in Rio 2016. His battle with world record holder Mondo Duplantis of Sweden was expected to have been one of the highlights of the athletics programme, which begins on Friday.

03:43 AM

Men's GB hockey side has just got under way

They face Holland in their second match of the competition. They are looking to bounce back after a sobering 5-1 defeat by Germany on Tuesday.

03:37 AM

Two GB chances in the women's 200m final

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03:31 AM

Some brief Covid news

Two Games-related people from overseas with Covid-19 have been hospitalised but neither case is serious, Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya said.

03:30 AM

Duncan Scott confirmed as second-fastest qualifier

He will line up in lane two in the men's 200m individual medley. A great GB shout for a medal.

03:25 AM

Paul Casey now four-under in the golf

Four holes remaining in his opening round. American Xander Schauffele is on the same score with two to play. Carlos Ortiz and Thomas Pieters are six-under, two behind the leader Sepp Straka.

03:23 AM

A very good tune-up from Duncan Scott

He cruises to victory in the first men's 200m individual medley semi-final. 1:56.59 is a very good time and he looked mightily impressive.

Duncan Scott of Britain swims in a heat of the men's 200-meter individual medley at the 2020 Summer Olympics, - AP
Duncan Scott of Britain swims in a heat of the men's 200-meter individual medley at the 2020 Summer Olympics, - AP

03:16 AM

Not far off a world record in the second semi-final

South African Tatjana Schoenmaker was tracking the world record time all the way in the second women's 200m breaststroke semi-final, but did not quite produce the finish to miss out by 0.2 seconds. Still a comfortable winner.

In more good news for GB, Abbie Wood joins Renshaw in the final and they will line up in lanes six and seven respectively.

03:09 AM

Molly Renshaw has reached the women's 200m breaststroke final

Another swimming for Team GB. Renshaw finished third just behind the well-fancied American Lilly King. Kaylene Corbett of South Africa won the heat.

03:06 AM

Kye Whyte in action at the BMX

Kye Whyte of Britain  - Reuters
Kye Whyte of Britain - Reuters

02:51 AM

Straka has completed his round in the golf

The Austrian is in the clubhouse with an opening round of eight under-par which has him two shots clear of big-hitting Belgian Thomas Pieters.

02:49 AM

More from Jeremy Wilson on Dressel's win

A second Olympic record of the morning was set in the men’s 100m freestyle, with American Caeleb Dressel edging out Kyle Chalmers in the final metres to clinch his second gold of these Games in 47.02 sec. He also won two gold medals in Rio de Janeiro but the Americans will face a major challenge from the British teams in the 4x100m medley events. Team GB’s Alys Thomas also finished seventh in the women’s 200m butterfly.

02:45 AM

Another result from the swmming

American Caeleb Dressel wins the men's 100m freestyle final with and Olympic record time of 47.02. Kyle Chalmers of Australia takes silver ahead of the Russian Olympic Committee's Kliment Kolesnikov in third.

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02:36 AM

A new Olympic record

Zhang of China has set a new Olympic record in the women's 200m butterfly final to take gold. She finishes miles clear of the rest with a time of 2:03.86. A dominant display.

02:29 AM

Let's find out how GB are getting on in the BMX....

Thom Gibbs is our man on the, very bumpy, ground:

Top BMXing from Beth Shriever who is safely through the semis after two of the three runs (not four as previously reported) this morning. During both races she started steadily but stayed in touch with the leader before timing her run to perfection and overtaking around the final corner.

It's been a third, second and fourth for Kye Whyte in the men's competition. He's also through. No medals today, everyone back for semis and final tomorrow, but both of our small bicycle heroes in with a shot. Beth more than Kye on this evidence.

Ariake Urban Sports Park, Tokyo - Reuters
Ariake Urban Sports Park, Tokyo - Reuters

02:25 AM

Good start from Rory McIlroy in the golf

He is two-under par thru four holes. He is still six shots behind leader Sepp Straka, who has lit it up out there at Kasumigaseki Country Club. The Austrian is eight-under for his day on the 18th.

Sepp Straka of Team Austria plays a second shot on the 14th hole  - Getty Images
Sepp Straka of Team Austria plays a second shot on the 14th hole - Getty Images

02:18 AM

Greenbank through to the final

He beats the USA's Ryan Murphy with a time of 1.54.98. That's the second fastest time of all the qualifiers, and he looked every inch a contender for a gold medal on that performance.

02:16 AM

More from Wilby

"Physically - and mentally - it hurts.

"I said throughout that it was always going to be that race. It wasn't quite there. The result, it is what it is.

"It is hard. The way I swim, it's got to be. perfect balancing act. If I'mm off ever so slightly, it really pays, in a bad way. It's something that I really enjoy doing - for balance - but it hasn't really paid off this Games, unfortunately."

02:11 AM

Men's 200m backstroke semi-final

GB's Luke Greenbank is in lane six. Looked good in the heats and well-fancied to progress to the final.

02:05 AM

Hopkin finishes fourth in her semi-final

But she makes it into the final with a time of 53.11! That gets the job done by one hundredths of a second. As one door open another closes - those semi-final times confirm Freya Anderson will not progress.

02:01 AM

Record set

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02:00 AM

Freya Anderson unlikely to make it through

The GB swimmer finished sixth in the women’s 100m freestyle semi-final. That is not likely to be among the 10 fastest times that reach the final. GB's Anna Hopkin up next in the other semi-final...

01:54 AM

Wilby speaks

The way I swim it has to be a perfect balancing act and if it's not quite right, it pays off in a bad way.

01:53 AM

James Wilby finishes sixth in the men's 200m final

Finished with a time of 2 minutes 8.19 seconds, but could not keep up with the leaders. Australia Izaac Stubblety-Cook pipped a tiring Arno Kamminga in the closing stages to win gold. Bronze went to Fin Matti Mattsson.

01:41 AM

To the swimming...

In the men's 800m freestyle final, idiosyncratic Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri deployed very aggressive race tactics and tried to win from the front. His technique is not as smooth as you would expect in an Olympic final, looking permanently in danger of veering off the to the right into the lane rope.

It was always going to be hard to sustain the pace all the way, and sure enough he got picked him in the final stretch by American Booby Finke in lane three. Gold for the US.

01:33 AM

And another birdie for Casey

Now three-under par thru eight holes. Could there be a repeat performance from Rio and a GB gold in the golf? Casey doesn't often get himself across the winning line in regulation events, but there is not quite the same pressure this week.

01:25 AM

Promising stuff from Paul Casey in the golf

A second birdie of the day moves him to two-under thru seven. American Xander Schauffele is on the same score, three behind leader Straka.

Paul Casey plays a shot from the fourth fairway during the first round of the men's golf event  - AP
Paul Casey plays a shot from the fourth fairway during the first round of the men's golf event - AP

01:24 AM

Another GB near miss in the rowing

In the lightweight women's double sculls final, Emily Craig and Imogen Grant missed out on a medal by a margin of 0.1 seconds. They were pipped by the Dutch, with France taking silver and Italy gold.

01:20 AM

An update from Thom Gibbs who is our man at the BMX:

Good morning from the Ariake Urban Sports Park which is, to be fair, an absolutely bodacious venue. It's the BMX racing quarterfinals here today, four lots of six riders having four races each around a course that's part lumpy racetrack, part crazy golf course. The top four in each group qualify for tomorrow's semis.

Two Brits in action here, Kye Whyte who finished third on his first go round, Bethany Shriver goes in the third women's group a little later. Yet to see anyone overtaken if they're leading round the first corner.

Already so hot that my laptop is making concerning noises, would not want to be wearing the lycra bodysuits and helmets of the competitors.

BMX Park Japan - Thom Gibbs
BMX Park Japan - Thom Gibbs

01:04 AM

More golf scores

The Dane Hansen is the early leader at five-under thru eight holes. Belgium's Thomas Pieters is three-under, one shot better than home favourite Matsuyama. Solid start from GB's Paul Casey who is one-under thru six while USA's Justin Thomas is level par.

 Justin Thomas of Team United States plays his shot from the fourth tee during the first round - Getty Images
Justin Thomas of Team United States plays his shot from the fourth tee during the first round - Getty Images

12:58 AM

Ireland have won gold in the lightweight men's double skulls final

Paul O'Donovan and Fintan McCarthy have made history. You can follow all the rowing reaction with Joshua Evans on our dedicated live blog here.

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12:53 AM

Matt Coward-Holley has just kicked off his quest for a shooting medal

We'll keep you posted about his progress. Coward-Holley was an excellent schoolboy rugby player but suffered a broken back (twice), prompting the change of discipline.

12:47 AM

Glover's story in context

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12:41 AM

It wasn't to be for Glover and Swann

They looked like challenging for the medals but hit the wall in the final stretch. Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler took gold for New Zealand with Russian Olympic Committee and Canada following them home in second and third.

12:30 AM

Helen Glover and Polly Swann about to begin their tilt at history

You can follow all the action with Joshua Evans here.

12:29 AM

Gold for Croatia in the men's coxless pairs final

It means the Sinkovic brothers are the first ever pair to win European, world, and Olympic gold in two different boats. They held on strongly to finish clear of Romania in second and Denmark in third.

Martin Sinkovic of Croatia and Valent Sinkovic of Croatia - Reuters
Martin Sinkovic of Croatia and Valent Sinkovic of Croatia - Reuters

12:19 AM

Early high flyers in the golf

Austria's Sepp Straka and Denmark's Joachim B. Hansen are three-under par as they near the end of their front nine.

12:11 AM

France vs Fiji in the women's sevens has kicked off

In this piece, Kate Rowan conducts a post-mortem after Team GB were eliminated from the men's competition.

11:48 PM

Six to keep an eye on in the early hours

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11:34 PM

Reaction in Fiji to their rugby sevens triumph

Fiji issued a commemorative seven-dollar coin after the win in Rio and Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama on Wednesday toyed with the idea of a $14 note, to mark Fiji's back-to-back sevens wins.

"The win is worth more than a gold to Fijians everywhere," Bainimarama told Radio New Zealand. "Fijians love this game. It has always united us. (It) shows that we can achieve greatness no matter what the world may throw our way, even with COVID."

11:26 PM

Early days in the golf

There's home favourite and Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama who is getting ready to tee off.

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama practices before round 1 of the mens golf individual stroke play during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games  - AFP
Japan's Hideki Matsuyama practices before round 1 of the mens golf individual stroke play during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - AFP

11:06 PM

You can read our exclusive interview with Glover here

Pippa Field talked for more than an hour with the rowing great about motherhood, coming out of retirement, training and her prospects for Tokyo. Read in full here.

One of five siblings raised in the town of Penzance, Glover spent her childhood running free around the beaches of Cornwall, sea kayaking and fishing mackerel to cook over a fire on the beach. The daughter of an ice cream shop owner in Newlyn, she married Backshall on a Cornish clifftop in 2016 – with her dad’s vanilla ice cream served to the guests – memories captured in the wedding photo of the couple on display in their home.

10:45 PM

Helen Glover looking to make more history in Tokyo

Five years, three children and one retirement since Helen Glover won her second Olympic gold in Rio, she has the chance to complete a historic hat-trick this morning in the final of the women's coxless pairs.

Alongside new partner Polly Swann, they qualified third fastest so have work to do to win more than a minor medal.

35-year-old Glover has already made history as the first mother and British Rower to compete at the Olympics, though in an interview with Telegraph Sport she rejected the tag of 'supermum'.

“It’s just important for this story to not seem like this fairytale thing,” Glover said. “So much has been circumstance, so much has been trial and error, so much has been this is quite a big leap of faith, but it was always in the effort and trying that was the most important thing, rather than just the execution.”

In the shooting, Great Britain have an outstanding chance of claiming a first gold of the Games on the shooting range, as Matt Coward-Holley goes into the men's trap competition as the 2019 world champion and reigning world number one.

Later in the swimming, GB's remarkable success in the pool in Tokyo could continue after James Wilby qualified in second place for the men's 200m breaststroke final, although Australian favourite Izaac Stubblety-Cook will take some beating.

The first round of the golf in Tokyo will also soon be under way. The event is 72 holes of strokeplay, just like a regular Tour event, with 60 players in the men's and women's field. The individual who wins will take gold for their country. Justin Rose claimed that title for GB in Rio but newly crowned Open Champion Collin Morikawa is the favourite to deliver for the United States. Rory McIlroy is representing the Republic of Ireland alongside Shane Lowry.

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