THE Olympics has officially BEGUN and Yang Qian of China has picked up the first gold medal.
Russian Anastasia Galashina looked sure to win the Women’s 10m Air Rifle before fluffing her final shot, allowing Qian to walk away with the gold.
And Team GB will be hoping to pick up a medal of their own later today with Geraint Thomas underway in the cycling road race.
However, the Welshman will have to recover quickly after falling off his bike, just as he did at Rio 2016.
Meanwhile it’s been a mixed day in tennis for Team GB.
Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury beat second seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in straight sets in men’s doubles.
But Heather Watson is out of the women’s singles.
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Here is the moment Geraint Thomas pulled up.
What a blow that is for Team GB.
THOMAS IS OUT
Geraint Thomas is OUT of the men’s road race final.
The 35-year-old suffered a crash early on in the race but bravely continued.
However he has pulled out with just 57km to go before approaching final hill Mikuni Pass.
Attention will now turn to whether he is fit enough to compete in the time trial on Wednesday.
Andy Murray believes he and doubles partner Joe Salisbury have potential to become a really good team.
Speaking after their victory against France’s Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, he said: “I think we have the potential to be a really good team, I think the result today showed that.
“Doubles is always tricky because sometimes the matches can come down to a few points.
“I think we were well deserved winners today, we created lots of chances, but not every doubles match is like that.
“I think if we keep the same sort of attitude and everything, prepare diligently, I think we’ve got a chance of doing well. But it’s not easy, just because we won that match.
“We’ve got a tough match next against a German pair [Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz] and we’ll look forward to that one.”
Hou Zhihui set an astonishing THREE Olympic records in her gold medal triumph in the 49kg women’s weightlifting event.
She secured a final total score of 210kg,
Britain’s Max Whitlock has been in action on the parallel bars.
After three rounds of rotation, Team GB sit fourth in the team standings.
A reminder that it’s the top eight that advances through to the final.
🥇 ANOTHER GOLD FOR CHINA 🥇
Chinese star Hou Zhihui has won the second gold medal of the Olympic Games.
Both gold medals have now went to China after Zhihui won in the 49kg women’s weightlifting event.
India’s Chanu Mirabai takes the silver media, while the bronze goes to Indonesia’s Windy Aisah.
NOT LONG TO
There is now under 100km to go in the men’s road race final.
Geraint Thomas still has a lot of making up to do following his earlier crash.
WEIGH TO GO!
China’s Hou Zhihui is leading in the women’s 49kg weightlifting category.
The 24-year-old has just broken the Olympic record with a snatch of 94kg.
That is just 2kg shy of the world record she set in April.
Cycling fans would not be denied from watching the men’s road race in Tokyo – where Geraint Thomas suffered yet another fall.
The delayed Olympic Games in Japan this year has been hosted behind-closed-doors, without spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic.
But it did not stop fans from filling up the course, which started in Musashinonomori Park and ends at the Fuji Speedway.
Supporters stood by the side of the road and took pictures and videos on their phones.
Fortunately, there was no repeat of this year’s Tour de France, which had a massive pile up after a rider hit into a fan holding a sign.
HEL OF AN ATHLETE
It’s been a hell of a ride for two-time Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover.
The qualifying round for the gymnastics team final is underway.
The top eight teams will progress for the team final.
Meanwhile the top 24 athletes will qualify for the all-around final.
The top eight on each apparatus will secure their passage to the corresponding final.
British pair Patrick Huston and Sarah Bettles have lost in their mixed doubles archery quarter-final tie.
The duo, who had beaten fifth seeds China in the previous round, lost 6-0 against Mexico’s Luis Alvarez Murillo and Alejandra Valencia.
Huston and Bettles will now have to concentrate on their singles clashes.
THOMAS’ DEJA VU
Geraint Thomas is bravely continuing in the road race after crashing earlier on.
The 35-year-old – who dislocated his shoulder the Tour de France – notably crashed in the Rio 2016 Olympics where he lost the chance to challenge for a medal.
Thomas is set to compete in the time trial for Team GB on Wednesday.
Heather Watson has declared she is now looking to compete in the mixed doubles event after losing in her singles clash.
She stated: “I think 100 per cent I will try to sign up with someone.
“I am guessing I will have more chance to get in ranking-wise with Joe [Salisbury] and so fingers crossed we get the chance to play.
“I always seem to play well on the doubles court.
“I feel like I am a team player and I like volleying a lot and that brings it out in my game.”
Heather Watson has spoken of her frustration after losing in the opening round of the singles tennis event.
She said: “I think whoever I played, I would have been really disappointed with the outcome today.
“It definitely wasn’t my best tennis but I gave it my best with what I had, it just wasn’t enough.
“There were too many unforced errors that came and went in waves. I am just very disappointed with the outcome.
“I did everything I could to prepare right and I literally could not have done any more. I felt really good going out there today.”
The Olympics’ youngest competitor has crashed out of the Tokyo Games in the preliminary round of the women’s table tennis event.
Team Syria star Hend Zaza, 12, lost in straight sets against Austrian opponent Liu Jia who is 27 years her senior.
Chinese-born athlete Jia, 39, won 11-4, 11-9, 11-3, 11-5 to secure her place in the first round.
But Zaza, who is the youngest Olympian since Spanish rower Carlos Front in 1992, more than held her own.
She was even leading 6-2 in the second set, only for the veteran player to show her class.
Read more HERE.
AND THEY’RE THROUGH!
Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury have dumped second seeds Pierre-Hugues Hubert and Nicolas Mahut out of the men’s doubles.
The British pair eased to 6-2 in the second set after winning the first 6-3.
Both men embraced after Salisbury’s service game.
That is a BIG win for Team GB.
Here’s the moment Geraint Thomas crashed in the road race final.
It’s almost carbon copy to the fall he suffered in the Tour de France.
Reality hit hard for TV Ashley McKenzie who burst into tears and apologised to his family after being knocked out of the Tokyo Olympics.
The 32-year-old was eliminated in the first round of the men’s -60kg tournament by Azerbaijani Karamat Huseynov at the Nippon Budokan.
It was a disappointing defeat for a popular guy in the Team GB squad who is known by many people for his appearances on Celebrity Big Brother, Ex on the Beach and Eating With My Ex.
Welling up with tears, McKenzie said: “At the moment, I’m mostly sad. I’ve put in a lot of work for this one tournament.
“Loads of things went wrong when I got over here, and I just pushed them aside and I tried to not let them affect me due to Covid and stuff like that.
“I’m strongly sorry for the people that put so much energy into me.
“My mum, a lot of the ones that love me — it just hurts to see that they’ve probably woken up to watch me. And I had one fight, and it didn’t go the way I wanted it to. I just want to go home.”
THOMAS IS DOWN
Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart took a tumble in the men’s road race final.
But they are back up and trying to catch up with the leading pack.
Well that’s more like it.
Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury have eased to the opening set [6-3] against French duo Pierre-Hugues Hubert and Nicolas Mahut.
Murray is looking to win his fourth medal at the Olympic Games.
The opening match of the women’s beach volleyball event at the Tokyo Olympics has been cancelled due to coronavirus.
Czech Republic star Marketa Slukova tested positive for Covid earlier this year, which has knocked her and partner Barbora Hermannova out of the Games.
As a result, Japan’s pair of Megumi Murakami and Miki Ishii have been handed a 2-0 victory.
So far there have been six confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Czech Republic Olympic team, including Slukova’s husband and coach Simon Nausch.
Men’s beach volleyball ace Ondrej Perusic has also tested positive, along with table tennis player Pavel Sirucek and cyclist Michal Schlegel.
Read more HERE.
SON OF A GUN
Heather Watson has been dumped out of the first round of the womens’s singled event.
The Brit lost in straight sets against Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam.
Friedsam won 7-5 6-3 to secure her place in the next round.
AND HERE WE GO
Sir Andy Murray is in action!
The two-time Olympic gold medallist is currently in action in the men’s doubles event with Joe Salisbury.
An Algerian judo contender has been kicked out of the Olympic Games after refusing to fight an Israeli.
Fethi Nourine said he was withdrawing from the event to avoid a potential match-up with Tohar Butbul in the second round of the Men’s 73kg on Monday.
He attributed this stance to support for the Palestinians.
But the IJF said his position was “in total opposition to the philosophy of the International Judo Federation.
It added: “The IJF has a strict non-discrimination policy, promoting solidarity as a key principle, reinforced by the values of judo.”
Nourine is likely to face sanctions within his sport beyond expulsion from the Olympics.
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