Sky Brown is Britain's youngest Olympic medallist with bronze in skateboarding final - everything you missed overnight

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 Sky Brown wins Bronze with her father Stu - Paul Grover
Sky Brown wins Bronze with her father Stu - Paul Grover

The historic bronze medal had barely been hung around her neck before Sky Brown, Britain's 13-year-old skateboarding star, was already planning her next astonishing trick - a twin sport bid at the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Brown, who overcame a terrifying brush with death after a training accident in May last year, was already guaranteed as Britain's youngest summer Olympian. And she further etched her name into the history books by becoming the country's youngest Olympic medallist - aged 13 years and 28 days - with third in the women's skateboarding park competition.

Her bronze, secured after a gusty final run following falls on her first two, prevented the Japanese from locking out the podium with Sakura Yosozumi, 19, taking gold and Kokona Hiraki, 12, the silver - the latter the youngest individual Olympic medallist for 85 years.

Skateboarding was one of five new sports at Tokyo, with Japan-born Sky, an accomplished surfer signed up to Billabong, having also originally tentatively eyed both sports. Her parents talked her out of it, feeling the pressure would become too much, although after watching his daughter skate onto the podium in Tokyo, father Stu admitted it might not be as easy to do so next time. "It'll be up to her by then, she'll be 16 and it's hard enough now," he said.

Logistics could instead prove a stumbling block - surfing will take place almost 10,000 miles away in Tahiti, French Polynesia with the skateboarding in the heart of host city Paris at the iconic Place de la Concorde - but when asked about doubling up, Brown was her usual confident self. "I really hope so," she replied. "I’m definitely going to try surfing."

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Brown, the recently crowned X Games champion, has a reputation for not holding back, in part by her desire to "push boundaries and show girls can do tricks that boys are doing."

Qualifying in second place, she twice came unstuck with her kickflip Indy trick towards the end of each routine to sit fourth ahead of her last run. The encouraging words of eventual champion and best friend Yosozumi, who she shared sleepovers with at home in Southern California in the weeks before these Games, helped steady Brown as the heat both figuratively and physically - temperatures touched the high 30s with humidity at 90 per cent - rose.

"Sakura said 'You’ve got it Sky, I know you’re going to make it, go.' That really made me feel better," explained Brown, giving an insight into the unique world of skateboarding, in which contestants cheer on their rivals, hugging and congratulating them at every turn.

Equally her father, acting as her chaperone in Tokyo on account of her age, helped ground her. "My dad said it’s just a contest, if you fall it doesn’t define you."

With those words ringing in her ears, Brown stuck boldly to her guns, finally landing her full routine for a score of 56.47 to move into third. And when Misugu Okamoto, the top qualifier and final skater, could not execute her own clean run, the bronze was secured, prompting Brown to burst into tears.

"I’m so stoked. I can’t believe it. It’s unbelievable. It’s like a dream," said Brown, who qualifies for Team GB through her British-born father.

"I really hope I inspire some girls. I feel like people think I’m too young, that I can’t do it but, if you believe in yourself, you can do anything. You don’t have to be a certain height, be a certain age, you can do it whenever you want."

Brown will celebrate her Tokyo success by "surfing a lot" and having "a party with my friends." A reunion with her nine-year-old brother, Ocean, and mother Mieko, who watched from America, is also high on the priority list.

Her mother had been left distraught when Brown fractured her skull and broke bones in her arm after an accident during a practice session last year, and wanted her daughter to stop skateboarding. On Wednesday there were tears of a different kind. “I did speak to my mum and my brother and my mum was crying," she added.

"I honestly feel that accident made me stronger. That accident was pretty bad. It was a hard time for my parents and for a lot of people and coming back and getting the bronze is really cool."

Afterwards Stu said his daughter would be "straight back to school and doing the things that families do." He added that they would also "take her off social media for a little while."

It will, however, be difficult to completely ignore the extra attention. In winning a medal, she replaced Sarah Hardcastle as Britain's youngest Summer Games medallist, the swimmer was aged 15 years and 113 days when she won silver and bronze in Los Angeles. She also overtook silver medal-winning figure skater Cecilia Colledge, who turned 15 just a couple of months before the 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Games.

Meanwhile Brown's team-mate Bombette Martin took her own slice of Olympic history, becoming the first park skater to drop in at a Games, eventually finishing 18th.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson makes steady start in heptathlon

Katarina Johnson-Thompson made a mixed start to the heptathlon at the Olympics but remains in contention for a medal.

The world champion has battled back from a ruptured Achilles she suffered in December and had downplayed her chances.

But she opened with a strong 100 metres hurdles, winning her heat in 13.27 seconds - her second fastest time ever.

In the high jump she cleared 1.86m - 12cm off her personal best - but was pictured having treatment between jumps and failed at 1.89m to leave her with 2138 points after two events, ahead of the 200m and shot put on Wednesday afternoon.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson won her hurdles heat but struggled in the high jump - REUTERS
Katarina Johnson-Thompson won her hurdles heat but struggled in the high jump - REUTERS

Defending champion Nafi Thiam jumped 1.92m to move 38 points ahead of Johnson-Thompson and 19 points in front of second-placed Erica Bougard of the USA.

Andrew Pozzi made the Olympic 110m hurdles final for the first time in his career.

The world 60m champion finished fourth in his semi-final in 13.32secs and had to wait to see if he would qualify as one of the fastest losers.

He reached the semi-finals in Rio five years ago and the 29-year-old admitted it was a nervous time to see if he made it through to Thursday's final.

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GB's hopes of defending Olympic hockey title ended by Holland

Great Britain's reign as Olympic women's hockey champions ended at the semi-final stage in Tokyo as they were crushed 5-1 by Holland.

The Dutch emphatically avenged defeat in the 2016 Rio final, when Team GB goalkeeper Maddie Hinch's heroics during a penalty shoot-out ensured gold medal glory.

The last-four clash at Oi Hockey Stadium was their second meeting of the Tokyo tournament, with Holland having posted a 1-0 pool win six days ago.

Susannah Townsend and Lily Owsley of Team Great Britain react after losing the Women's Semifinal match between Netherlands and Great Britain on day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Oi Hockey Stadium on August 04, 2021 in Tokyo - GETTY IMAGES
Susannah Townsend and Lily Owsley of Team Great Britain react after losing the Women's Semifinal match between Netherlands and Great Britain on day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Oi Hockey Stadium on August 04, 2021 in Tokyo - GETTY IMAGES

And Hollie Pearne-Webb's team once again came unstuck as Holland never looked back following two goals in just over a minute during the second quarter when Felice Albers and Marloes Keetels struck.

Albers and Maria Verschoor added further goals during the third quarter, leaving Britain reeling from conceding four times in 19 damaging minutes, before Giselle Ansley netted a consolation, but Frederique Matla added a fifth late on.

It means that Hinch and company will play for the bronze medal at Oi Hockey Stadium on Friday, against Argentina or India.

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Sydney McLaughlin smashes her own 400m hurdles world record to take Tokyo gold

The USA's Sydney McLaughlin broke her own world record to clinch the 400 metres hurdles gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 21-year-old clocked 51.46 seconds having previously set a world best of 51.90secs to become the first woman to break the 51-second barrier in June.

Dalilah Muhammad was second in 51.58s - which also broke McLaughlin's previous record. The Netherlands' Femke Bol claimed bronze.

McLaughlin powered through in the last 20 metres to take the title and beat defending champion Muhammad having been third on the final bend.

Gold medalList Sydney McLaughlin, of the United States, poses during the medal ceremony for the women's 400-meter hurdles at the 2020 Summer Olympics - AP
Gold medalList Sydney McLaughlin, of the United States, poses during the medal ceremony for the women's 400-meter hurdles at the 2020 Summer Olympics - AP

It came after the men's 400m hurdles on Tuesday - already labelled one of the greatest races - when Karsten Warholm broke his own world record to win in 45.94s.

He took almost a second off his previous world best of 46.70s he set in Oslo at the start of July.

The USA's Rai Benjamin (46.17s) was second with Brazil's Alison Dos Santos (46.72s) third - with both coming inside Kevin Young's long-standing previous world record of 46.78s the American set 29 years ago.

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Alice Dearing makes history but cannot trouble podium in 10km marathon swim

by Pippa Field, Tokyo

Alice Dearing made history as the first black female swimmer to compete at an Olympic Games, finishing 19th in the 10km marathon swim, as Ana Marcela Cunha, of Brazil, took gold.

Dearing, 24, co-founder of the Black Swimming Association which was launched in March last year and who qualified for her first Games in June after finishing fourth at a qualifying event in Portugal, clocked a time of 2hrs, 5mins and 2 secs in incredibly warm water conditions at the Odaiba Marine Park. Despite organisers scheduling the race for 6.30am Tokyo time to combat the heat, competitors still found themselves swimming in water reaching close to 30 degrees Celsius.

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Gold went to Cunha, of Brazil, holding off the chasing pack to clock a time of 1hr59mins.30.8 secs and edging out the Dutch defending champion Sharon Ned van Rouwendaal by 0.9 seconds. Cunha even had time to perform pull-ups at the finish line. Kareena Lee, of Australia, completed the podium in third.

Medal table latest - where do Team GB now sit?
Day 12 overnight - as it happened:

05:24 AM

Sky Brown speaking to BBC Sport

This is incredible - it feels unreal I'm so happy to be here - I'm blessed.

I was definitely bumped, I fell twice, that made the last run feel even better. All the girls are ripping it, it was insane, it was a super sick final.

On what she's going to do next: "Hang out with some friends, and party?!"

05:00 AM

Updated medal table

04:55 AM

The skateboarding podium

(From L) Silver medallist Japan's Kokona Hiraki, gold medallist Japan's Sakura Yosozumi and bronze medallist Britain's Sky Brown pose on the podium of the women's park final  - GETTY IMAGES
(From L) Silver medallist Japan's Kokona Hiraki, gold medallist Japan's Sakura Yosozumi and bronze medallist Britain's Sky Brown pose on the podium of the women's park final - GETTY IMAGES

04:45 AM

Women's golf

Not the greatest day for the British pair of Mel Reid and Jodi Ewart Shadoff in the singles strokeplay. The former finished two over par while the latter is one over through 14.

The leader is Sweden's Madalene Sagstrom who is five under through 13.

04:30 AM

Elsewhere today...

Ben Bloom writes from the Olympic Stadium, Tokyo:

How to judge that morning session for KJT? Well, the 100m hurdles exceeded the expectations of most observers so that was a great start for the world champion. But the jumps are always going to be the biggest test of her dodgy Achilles here and so it proved in the high jump where she only managed 1.86m - not at all bad, but well down on the 1.95m she managed on her way to the world title.

The good news is that reigning Olympic champion Nafi Thiam only cleared 1.92m so Johnson-Thompson did not fall too far behind. But let's be honest, this competition is not about Johnson-Thompson winning gold. Even being competitive is some achievement after her Achilles rupture (which she continued to receive treatment on during the high jump) and the fact she sits third in the overall standings after two events is hugely impressive.

If she can cling on to make the podium it would be a magnificent accomplishment. She'll be back for the shot put and 200m later on Wednesday.

04:26 AM

That third run

What a third run that was from Sky Brown. Her first two were not clean.

A reminder that she is just 13 years old. What courage.

TOKYO 2020 GB`s SKY BROWN - PAUL GROVER FOR THE TELEGRAPH
TOKYO 2020 GB`s SKY BROWN - PAUL GROVER FOR THE TELEGRAPH

04:20 AM

The run that sealed it

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04:17 AM

From Pippa Field, in Tokyo

Yosozumi fails to improve her score and then Haraki, 12, potentially opens the door for Sky when she comes off her board early.

Over to you Sky, the recent X Games winner. Oh my! The crowd of athletes and support staff are on their feet, she throws her arms up in glee. She has nailed that run and that demon move towards the end. But it’s 56.47, which puts her into third with one skater to go…

Okamoto goes big herself but can’t stick the last move. It’s an agonising wait for the score… Yosozumi is the champion, the first in Olympic history.

Hiraki, 12, is the youngest individual Olympic medallist for 85 years, ahead of Brown in bronze.

04:16 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park final

Okamoto cannot complete a clean run so Sky Brown claims the bronze medal!

For a 13-year-old, that is remarkable. And 12-year-old Hiraki claims silver.

Yosozumi wins gold, the other half of the Japanese double.

04:11 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park final

It's 56.47!

That puts Brown back into the bronze-medal position. Over to you Misugu Okamoto, who Brown has just displaced, for your third run...

04:09 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park final

Amazing. She's nailed it.

What a run. We await the score... has she done enough for a medal or, whisper it, gold...?

04:08 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park final

Here comes Sky Brown's last chance for a clear run.

She currently sits in fourth.

04:04 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park final

The Brazilian duo of Varella and Asp have been consigned to seventh and eighth places in the final, respectively, while Olsen of Australia secures fifth, with Wettstein sixth after a hefty tumble.

04:02 AM

From Tokyo

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03:59 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park final

It didn't last long! Sky Brown drops down to fourth as Japan dominate the podium spots. Misuku Okamoto scores 53.58 and slips into the bronze position.

Pressure on Brown's third run, now.

03:56 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park final

Brown's missed the kickflip indy!

It's all going to be on the third run.

She remains in bronze-medal position, for now...

03:55 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park final

Kokona Hiraki scores 59.04 to leave herself narrowly second.

Sky Brown up next!

03:53 AM

Will Sakura's run be beaten?

She is the only skater to register a score in the 60s today - and she currently leads.

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03:50 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park final

That's an improvement from Poppy Olsen, the Aussie, who puts the pressure on Brown by pushing up to fourth with a score of 46.04.

03:47 AM

A dispatch from Pippa Field in the searing Tokyo heat

To gain a sense of how different this event is from normal Olympic finals, we’ve had the American skater introduced to the crowd while playing a small guitar and they’re all hugging each other pre and post runs.

Sky Brown, initially taking cover under an umbrella from the heat, was the first to congratulate Sakura Yosozumi when her Japanese rival laid down an incredible run, featuring back-to-back 540s, to score 60.09.

Kokona Hiraki, younger than Sky at 12, then scored 58.05.

The Brit was then up, putting in some great combinations before coming unstick on her kickflip indie towards the end. It still earned her 47.53 with two runs to go. This is tense. So tense. A big uptick in level from the heats.

03:45 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park final

Sky Brown comes in with a steady 47.53 that leaves her in bronze-medal position, but with still a bit of work to do if she wants the top gong.

03:40 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park final

Bryce Wettstein shoots to the top of the leaderboard, scoring 44.50 with a unique, gritty run.

But the top four qualifiers still have not skated yet, although Sakura Yosozumi pulls off two backside 540 ollies.

And the Japanese's score is massive! 60.09, the biggest score of the day so far and now she is the new leader.

03:36 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park final

Yndiara Asp - also of Brazil - follows her compatriot with a solid routine, but she falls just short, scoring 35.20.

Poppy Olsen of Australia - with a judo air - makes a precise start but ends up falling from the board.

03:33 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park final

Dora Varella of Brazil gets proceedings underway with an impressive run, which is reflected by her score: 40.42.

A nice array of tricks to kick us off.

03:32 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park final

Can Sky Brown do it? Britain's youngest Olympian, 13, could become Britain's youngest ever medallist. She finished second in the prelims and so is right in the mix.

Sky Brown - REUTERS
Sky Brown - REUTERS

Here comes the final.

03:22 AM

A dispatch from Pippa Field, in Tokyo

I know this might sound like a broken record but it is seriously hot here at the Ariake Sports Park. The hottest day of the Games, touching 35 degrees but with 90 per cent humidity, it feels so much worse. Even the press are being handed ice packs as they head out of the shelter of the media tent to the tribunes, situated directly in the sun.

And we're not even competing in the bowl! This could be historic for the Games, Britain and Sky Brown.

03:15 AM

Athletics - Women's heptathlon

The reigning world champion cannot clear 1.89m. And that's a disappointment for KTJ.

03:15 AM

Athletics - Women's heptathlon

Another failure at 1.89m for Katarina Johnson-Thompson.

She has one last chance.

03:14 AM

Athletics - Women's heptathlon

Katarina Johnson-Thompson fails her first attempt at 1.89m in the high jump.

She will go again.

03:05 AM

Hockey: Women's semi-final

It's all gone Pete Tong for Team GB in the hockey.

They currently trail the Netherlands 5-1 with three minutes remaining.

If you are Dutch, you might want to follow the end of the match here. If you are British, then try and hold out 25 minutes for Sky Brown to drop in in the skateboarding final. That might bring better news.

02:52 AM

Athletics - Women's heptathlon

She's done it! What a jump!

Cleared with ease; she did not disturb the bar at all.

02:51 AM

Athletics - Women's heptathlon

Here goes KJT. Last chance at 1.83m.

02:48 AM

Athletics - Women's heptathlon

Katarina Johnson-Thompson is struggling with 1.83m in the high jump. She has one chance left to clear this.

02:35 AM

Athletics - Women’s 400m hurdles final

Another new world record! Just as last night!

Sydney MacLaughlin of the US wins gold in the 400m hurdles and sets a new world record in the process.

Remarkable.

02:31 AM

Athletics - Women’s 400m hurdles final

Surely we cannot have a repeat of last night, when Karsten Warholm secured one of the most remarkable hurdles victories in Olympics history?

Can we?

02:19 AM

Athletics - Men's 110m hurdles semi-final

Andrew Pozzi will go through to the final as a fastest loser!

Great Britain's Andrew Pozzi during the Men's 110m Hurdles Semi Final at the Olympic Stadium on the twelfth day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.  - PA
Great Britain's Andrew Pozzi during the Men's 110m Hurdles Semi Final at the Olympic Stadium on the twelfth day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. - PA

02:17 AM

Athletics - Men's 110m hurdles semi-final

David King in action in the last semi-final, with Andy Pozzi still hoping to qualify as a fastest loser from the first semi-final.

02:13 AM

Athletics - Men's 110m hurdles semi-final

Good news for Pozzi as the second heat is a slightly slower one and none of the non-automatic qualifiers beat his time.

He's still hanging in there.

02:06 AM

Athletics - Men's 110m hurdles semi-final

13.32secs for Pozzi, giving him a fourth-place finish.

That might not be enough for one of the fastest loser spots, however, but it surely won't be far off!

02:03 AM

Athletics - Men's 110m hurdles semi-final

It's very tight...

Pozzi looked good midway through but faded a touch towards the end. He was not in the top two, however - I'm sure of it.

02:01 AM

Athletics - Men's 110m hurdles semi-final

The first of three semi-finals, and Team GB's Andrew Pozzi has a chance of reaching the final.

Here we go... Two go through automatically.

01:59 AM

Athletics - Women's heptathlon

The high jump is under way and so far Katarina Johnson-Thompson has cleared all of her heights.

01:58 AM

Want to know more about Sky?

If so, give this cracking piece by Pippa Field a read...

01:51 AM

From Pippa Field, Tokyo

Job done for Sky, hugs all round as she hops out of the bowl early on her final run. No need to go too big given her previous scores but she can't help throwing a few little nuggets in, such as the Judo Air, where she kicks her foot off the board mid-air.

Sky will be one of 4-5 skaters battling it out for medals in the final. The others, really, will be making up the numbers.

Stand by, we could be set for a really historic next few hours.

01:48 AM

Sky Brown qualifies for the final

With one heat to play, sitting atop the leaderboard, Brown is guaranteed a spot in the final at 4.30am BST.

What an achievement for the 13-year-old.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Skateboarding - Women's Park - Preliminary Round - Ariake Urban Sports Park - Tokyo, Japan - August 4, 2021. Sky Brown of Britain in action - REUTERS
Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Skateboarding - Women's Park - Preliminary Round - Ariake Urban Sports Park - Tokyo, Japan - August 4, 2021. Sky Brown of Britain in action - REUTERS

01:45 AM

From Pippa Field, Tokyo

Even better for Brown in her second heat who scores 57.40 to further cement her place atop the leaderboard.

Even still, you sense she is still holding something back. Could she be saving the McTwist, a highly difficult trick never seen in competition before, for the final? It's a 540 spin with a flip included and looks damn cool

01:38 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park prelims

Another great run from Sky Brown.

A couple of other bits added from the first: a noseslide and an amazing stalefish. A well timed fakie kickflip, too.

And it's a 57.40! She extends her lead at the top of the leaderboard!

01:34 AM

A dispatch from Pippa Field, Tokyo

Sky, 13, has long said she wants to dial up the trick level to show other girls what can be done.

And she did not hold back at all there in her first heat, scoring 55.26 to move top of the leaderboard, ahead of Japan's Hiraki who is even younger at 12 years old.

Japan Air, 540 to finish, just some of the tricks she pulled out there. You can see by the height she gets out of the bowl how strong and powerful she is.

Brown has another two runs in the heats but set your alarms for the final.

Applause all round from her competitors; they knew that was good.

01:33 AM

Sky Brown's first run

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01:29 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park prelims

That is a really strong marker from Brown - and a great first run. So many tricks that had been previously unseen.

And it's 55.26! That puts her top of the running heats leaderboard.

01:27 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park prelims

Here comes Sky!

Oh, and her soundtrack is a bit of the Stone Roses. Glorious.

01:25 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park prelims

Madeleine Larcheron with a 32.34 on her first run to continue the high quality of this heat.

Sky Brown still to come.

01:23 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park prelims

Oof!

Yndiara Asp comes straight out with a 43.23 with her first run, putting her third in the overall leaderboard.

A tough act to follow.

01:20 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park prelims

Moments away from Sky Brown dropping in for the first time at these Olympics for her first heat run, as Pippa Field writes from Tokyo.

Already Britain’s youngest summer Olympian, Brown has been the subject of plenty of discussions over what other long-standing records she could break later today if she medals in the final.

What is for certain, though, is that it is extremely hot here at the Ariake Urban Park, heading towards laptop-closing-down-in-protest territory.

01:16 AM

Not long now...

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01:15 AM

Athletics - Women's heptathlon

Katarina Johnson-Thompson sits in seventh after the 100m hurdles.

But it is a marathon not a sprint, remember, and times are more important than standings at this stage.

The high jump is the next event.

01:08 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park prelims

Kokona Hiraki's score of 52.46 has not been beaten yet, with the Japanese skateboarder the only woman to have broken the 50-point mark.

Sky Brown, the 13-year-old is up at 2.20am BST.

12:58 AM

Women's golf, round one

Bianca Pagdanganan of the Philippines continues to lead, two under through seven, but it's shaping up to be a round to forget for Team GB's Mel Reid. She is three over through seven.

12:54 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park prelims

Back over to the park now, where Sky Brown is due to compete in her heat in 30 minutes.

Kokona Hiraki, of Japan, has shot to the top of the leaderboard with a fantastic run, scoring 52.46.

12:44 AM

Ben Bloom, in Tokyo

That will do very nicely for KJT. Given how difficult her build-up has been, and the concerns about how her Achilles will hold up, a 100m hurdles time of 13.26sec will please her no end.

It is the second fastest time of her life - well down on the 13.09sec PB she set on her way to the world title in 2019, but rapid by most heptathlon standards.

The major questions will come in the high jump and long jump, when she has to push directly off her damaged foot. But as starts go, this was as good she could have envisaged.

A long, long way to go, but perhaps a medal is not out of the question.

12:37 AM

Women's heptathlon - Hurdles, heat one

Team GB's Katarina Johnson-Thompson wins!

She didn't need to win - it was just a heat - but she did, and doesn't that bode well.

She ran in 13.27secs.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson, of Britain, wins her heat during a heat in the women's heptathlon 100-meter hurdles at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in Tokyo. - AP
Katarina Johnson-Thompson, of Britain, wins her heat during a heat in the women's heptathlon 100-meter hurdles at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in Tokyo. - AP

12:36 AM

Women's heptathlon - Hurdles, heat one

Team GB's Katarina Johnson-Thompson is up in the 100m hurdles heat in the women's heptathlon.

Here we go!

12:26 AM

Pippa Field for Telegraph Sport in Tokyo

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12:23 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park prelims

A bit of a schism opening in this first prelim heat.

Yosozumi leads with 45.98, Varella second with 41.59, and Stoephasius third with 38.37.

Then it drops to Martin on 16.21 and Tapia Varas - who the BBC commentator just accidentally referred to as Tapas - on 9.73.

12:16 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park prelims

Bombette Martin's opening run.

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12:13 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park prelims

Scores are out of 100 but the women competitors have requested to be judged with the same criteria of the men. good on them.

Josefina Tapia Varas cannot land one of her tricks and falls off the board, leaving her with a score of 9.73.

Back to Bombette Martin now, of Team GB, who registers a 16.21.

12:06 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park prelims

Martin gets the competition under way, registering a modest score of 14.40.

That is followed up by an awesome run by Sakura Yosozumi, one of the favourites, who scores 42.50.

12:02 AM

Skateboarding: Women's park prelims

Bombette Martin of Team GB is in the first preliminary heat

Three runs for each competitor and the best score counts.

And we're under way.

11:57 PM

Skateboarding!

Team GB's youngest ever Olympian, 13-year-old Sky Brown is due to kick-off her Tokyo 2020 campaign shortly, in the skateboarding heats.

The average age of the field is 19.5 years old!

11:50 PM

Swimming dispatch from Pippa Field, Tokyo

Alice Dearing made history as the first black female swimmer to compete at an Olympic Games for Team GB, finishing 19th in the 10km marathon swim, as Ana Marcela Cunha, of Brazil, took gold.

Dearing, 24, co-founder of the Black Swimming Association which was launched in March last year and who qualified for her first Games in June after finishing fourth at a qualifying event in Portugal, clocked a time of 2hrs, 5mins and 2 secs in incredibly warm water conditions at the Odaiba Marine Park. Despite organisers scheduling the race for 6.30am Tokyo time to combat the heat, competitors still found themselves swimming in water reaching close to 30 degrees Celsius.

Gold went to Cunha, of Brazil, holding off the chasing pack to clock a time of 1hr59mins.30.8 secs and edging out the Dutch defending champion Sharon Ned van Rouwendaal by 0.9 seconds. Cunha even had time to perform pull-ups at the finish line. Kareena Lee, of Australia, completed the podium in third.

Open Water Swimming - Women's 10km - Final - Odaiba Marine Park - Tokyo, Japan - August 4, 2021. Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil celebrates winning gold after the race - REUTERS
Open Water Swimming - Women's 10km - Final - Odaiba Marine Park - Tokyo, Japan - August 4, 2021. Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil celebrates winning gold after the race - REUTERS

11:45 PM

Women's golf, round one

Bianca Pagdanganan of the Philippines has taken an early lead.

She is two under through three. Team GB's Mel Reid is one over through two.

Bianca Pagdanganan of Team Philippines plays her shot from the first tee during the first round of the Women's Individual Stroke Play on day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kasumigaseki Country Club on August 04, 2021 in Kawagoe - GETTY IMAGES
Bianca Pagdanganan of Team Philippines plays her shot from the first tee during the first round of the Women's Individual Stroke Play on day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kasumigaseki Country Club on August 04, 2021 in Kawagoe - GETTY IMAGES

11:40 PM

Swimming - Women's 10km marathon

Alice Dearing has just finished. Looks like she secured 19th place.

11:32 PM

Swimming - Women's 10km marathon

It's all over!

Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil wins gold; Sharon Ned van Rouwendaal of Netherlands claims silver and Kareena Lee of Australia leaves with bronze.

11:30 PM

Swimming - Women's 10km marathon

After almost two hours, the swimmers are at the home strait.

Cunha still leads - and she is looking strong.

11:26 PM

Swimming - Women's 10km marathon

Cunha still leads with Van Rouwendaal in second and Kareena Lee of Australia in third.

The medal fight begins!

11:23 PM

Swimming - Women's 10km marathon

The sprint begins!

Cunha of Brazil now leads but Van Rouwendaal is really scrapping.

Just over 500m to go.

11:18 PM

Swimming - Women's 10km marathon

Sharon Ned van Rouwendaal has moved into third with 1,200 metres to go, with Cunha now in second and Beck still leading.

Twichell of the US, who led for most of the race, has slipped to fourth.

11:14 PM

Swimming - Women's 10km marathon

Leonie Beck of Germany has pinched the lead from Ashley Twitchell of the USA. Brazil's Ana Marcela Cunha is in third.

One lap to go; nearly 8.5km down.

11:06 PM

Swimming - Women's 10km marathon

Dearing has dropped off the main group now, still back in 18th, so, almost definitely, there will be no medal for GB in Tokyo Bay.

10:59 PM

Women's golf...

... is now under way. Team GB's Mel Reid will be teeing off very shortly

10:51 PM

Swimming - Women's 10km marathon

The water has calmed down, it's less choppy, so there's one thing that has changed.

Oher than that, it's as you were. The same leaders lead, and Dearing still sits in 18th.

10:43 PM

Swimming - Women's 10km marathon

Dearing still in 18th, more than 30 seconds behind leader Ashley Twichell of the USA.

Ann Marcela Cunha of Brazil and Germany's Leonie Beck currently sit in second and third.

10:28 PM

Swimming - Women's 10km marathon

Still a little bit of a struggle for Dearing who's slipped to 18, but she is still a part of the leading pack, at least.

The swimmers are now approaching the halfway mark.

10:19 PM

Swimming - Women's 10km marathon

Not going so well currently for Dearing - the only black swimmer in Team GB's squad - who currently sits in 15th place and trails the leader Ashley Twichell by 16 seconds.

About 4km of the 10 has elapsed, so plenty of time to go.

Dearing relaxing before the race began - PA
Dearing relaxing before the race began - PA

10:12 PM

Good evening!

Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport's live coverage of day 12 at the Tokyo Olympics, where the women's marathon swim is currently underway.

A blazing sun. Drenching humidity. Choppy waters. Gusting winds. Two dozen bodies diving in together for two hours of swimming mixed with a stray elbow here, an occasional kick there.

Marathon swimming is as much a test of mental endurance as it is physical conditioning over a 10-kilometre course. The outcome is often decided by weather and water conditions, as well as strategy and a furious sprint to the finish.

Varying conditions appeal to marathon swimmers because of the challenges they present. But the potential for dangerous air and water temperatures had some swimmers, coaches and federations urging Olympic organizers to move the races from Tokyo Bay to a cooler location.

The capital's heat and humidity has already affected other sports during the Tokyo Games. But no change was made.

Instead, organizers moved the start times up to 6:30 a.m. hoping to beat the heat. That's about 1 1/2 hours after sunrise in Tokyo, when the temperature is often already at 27 degrees Celsius and climbing.

The women's 10k is Wednesday, when the forecast calls for 33 degrees C and partly cloudy skies. Conditions for the men are expected to be a few degrees warmer with full sun on Thursday.

FINA, the sport's governing body, limits the upper water temperature to 31 degrees C for marathon swimming. By contrast, the upper limit for pool swimming is 28 degrees C.

The women's field in Tokyo includes defending Olympic champion Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands, 2016 silver medalist Rachele Bruni of Italy, and Alice Dearing, the first Black female swimmer to represent Britain in the Games.

Also competing is five-time world champion Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil; Anderson, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist; and Xin Xin of China, who was fourth in Rio.

Dearing made news before the Games with her bid to wear an extra-large cap designed specifically for thick and curly hair. FINA rejected the cap, citing no previous instances in which swimmers needed "caps of such size and configuration."

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