WHAT a golden day we potentially have ahead in Tokyo.
We’ve a host of big names coming your way from Japan through the night, with Jazmin Sawyers and Abigail Irozuru going for gold in the long jump at 3am.
After the track events, there’s gold medals on offer in the water as Team GB look to go fastest in various sailing and canoe disciplines.
And if that wasn’t enough, the evening action from Tokyo will see Laura Kenny and Jason Kenny back on the medal hunt.
Simone Biles also returns to action in the balance beam final, before Pat McCormack goes for glory in the men’s welterweight boxing final and Laura Muir runs in the 1500m final.
- Start times: Athletics from 1am, long jump final 2.50am, track cycling 6.30am, gymnastics 9am
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Stay up to date with all the updates from Tokyo in our live blog…
IT WAS ON THE LINE
In the words of John McEnroe, Nicole Yeargin’s foot was ‘on the line’.
She stepped on the white twice with her left foot early in her 400m heat – and that is why she got the DQ.
Athletes usually get away with one infringement but two spells a red flag and she is out. Gutting.
Elsewhere, Pipi’s spot in the semis has been confirmed.
BEN BOWS OUT
Ben Williams failed to qualify for the men’s triple jump final.
The Brit finished 12th in Group B with a best effort of 16.30m.
Yeargin had just spoken to the BBC about how chuffed she was to get through… and then it was revealed she had been disqualified.
No official word on why just yet – one assumes it was lane infringement – so stay tuned for that.
How gutting for the America-based athlete.
In the fourth 400m heat, Nicole Yeargin crosses the line in third.
She found herself in a bit of a battle there but dug deep to book her place in the semi-finals.
Pipi is still in a good position to qualify as one of the fastest losers.
Ama Pipi went in lane three, one inside Allyson Felix.
The American hero has nine Olympic medals including six golds and is aiming to become the most decorated female athletics athlete in Olympics history.
Felix won the heat in 50.84 seconds with Pipi recovering well from a sluggish start to finish fourth in a three-way battle for second.
The Brit will be hoping her time of 51.17 seconds is enough to see her progress.
SIX OF THE BEST
There are SIX athletic gold medals up for grabs today.
So here’s your reminder of the UK times for each…
- Women’s long jump (2.50am)
- Men’s 400m hurdles (4.20am)
- Men’s pole vault (11.20am)
- Women’s hammer throw (12.35pm)
- Women’s 800m (1.25pm)
- Women’s 200m (1.50pm)
Team GB stars Jodie Williams, Ama Pipi and Nicole Yeargin are all in the heats for the women’s 400m.
Williams is up first… and wins her heat in 50.99 seconds.
Lovely stuff from the 27-year-old who pushes on impressively.
Laura Muir may have skipped the 800m to focus on the 1,500m but there is still plenty of British interest.
Jemma Reekie, Keely Hodgkinson and Alexandra Bell all race in the final at 1.25pm.
The pistol for the men’s 400m hurdles final fires at 4.20am – and it promises to be a cracker.
Kerron Clement won gold in Rio but is not in Tokyo.
That means the door is open for a new champion to write their name in the history books.
Norwegian Karsten Warholm did exactly that in July when he broke the 400m hurdles world record – which had stood for 29 years.
Can he back it up by adding an Olympic gold medal today?
Deborah Kerr has been in action in the women’s kayak single 200m semi-finals.
And she is through!
The Brit got off to a lightning start across the first 50m and finished second.
Her final gets underway at 3.37am and there could be another medal to add to the GB tally.
HEY HEY HEYWARD
A third 1,500m heat, a third Brit involved.
And Jake Heyward wins this heat after sitting on Australian Stewart McSweyn then goes clear in the final stretch.
The time of that final heat means Josh Kerr has done enough to progress into the semis to ensure all three Brits are through.
Not Bayern Munich striker Robert, but Poland compatriot Marcin who is felled midway through the race.
He looked in a good position to qualify before going down.
The Pole did get up and finish eventually – a minute later than the rest – but is likely to launch an appeal.
Elsewhere, Britain’s Jake Wightman finished third and Rio 2016 gold medallist Matt Centrowitz came across second so they are both through.
In other news, the rain has passed and the sun is shining in Tokyo. Happy days.
A first bit of Brit watch for the day – and it’s Josh Kerr in the first heat of the men’s 1,500m.
The 23-year-old from Edinburgh looked on course for a top-six finish which would have automatically put him in the semis.
But he was pipped in the final metres to cross the line seventh in 3:36.29 – meaning he has an anxious wait to see if he gets through as a fastest loser.
Steve Cram said on the BBC: “Josh Kerr! All the talk about Josh Kerr, I’m not sure he possesses the ability to always read races well…
“He put himself in the right position today, he just didn’t finish as well as he would have liked to.
“You have to be able to be strong in that home straight once you’ve put yourself in a good position.”
The rain is lashing down heavily at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.
That could see some events pushed back slightly if conditions are deemed unsafe.
Even a damp track could be problematic with vision from the glare off the track and grip of the spikes impacted.
British sprinters Adam Gemili and Nathaneel Mitchell-Blake go in the 200m sprint heats this morning.
They will be looking to book their places in the semi-finals which are from 12.50pm this lunchtime.
NOT A LONG WAIT
One of the big events in the early hours of Tuesday’s schedule sees two Brits in the women’s long jump final.
Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers are in the last 12 and will both be hoping to come away with a medal.
Irozuru retired in 2016 but returned to athletics three years later – and combines her sporting commitments with her own tutoring business.
Sawyers, meanwhile, jumped a PB of 6.90m in June so comes into the Olympics final in top form – and eyeing breaking 7m for the first time.
The former bobsleigh and heptathlon star from Stoke, below, even competed in The Voice back in 2017.
Canadian diver Pamela Ware recorded a rare score of 0.0 to miss out on a place in the Tokyo Olympics 3m springboard final.
The 28-year-old, who was making her debut at the Games, landed in the pool feet first after fears over injuring herself during her last attempt.
Ware took a misstep on her approach for a 3.5 difficulty dive and was forced to abandon her planned attempt the second she jumped.
As a result, the 2013 World Aquatics Championships bronze medalist performed a pencil jump straight into the pool and scored a 0.0.
With a host of Team GB medals in the balance, it’s set to be a long one tonight – hope you’ve brought the caffeine and the willpower.
You’ll be rewarded for your efforts with some world-class sport.
Who can say no to that? Action is not very far away now on Day 11.
There’s lots of GOLD medals up for grabs tomorrow:
Tuesday 3 August 01:00 – 04:35
- Men’s Triple Jump Qualifying Round
- Men’s 1500m, Round 1
- Women’s Javelin Throw Qualifying Round
- Women’s 400m, Round 1
- Women’s Long Jump Final
- Men’s 200m, Round 1
- Men’s 400m Hurdles Final
Tuesday 3 August 11:00 – 13:55
- Men’s 110m Hurdles, Round 1
- Men’s Shot Put Qualifying Round
- Men’s Pole Vault Final
- Men’s 5000m, Round 1
- Women’s Hammer Throw Final
- Men’s 200m Semi-finals
- Women’s 800m Final
- Women’s 200m Final
Tuesday August 3 – Men’s semi-finals
- Mexico vs Brazil
- Japan vs Spain
Olympic gold medalist from the 2008 Beijing Games, Henry Cejudo, has told gymnast Simone Biles to “check herself” after she withdrew from all but one event in Tokyo due to mental health.
The gold medalist freestyle wrestler said in a video posted to Twitter: “If you start to think that you’re the GOAT or the greatest of all time – then you’re gonna have to live it man.
“I think there’s time for a little bit of tough love.
“If she was my sister this is exactly what I would do. I would never say something that I wouldn’t say to my family, or even to me, because I believe that sometimes we need a little kick in the arse. We really do, man.
“What we need is for someone to tell us and check us that it’s every four years, in this situation five years, in order for you to go down as one of the greatest athletes of all time.”
GOING FOR GOLD
China have the most GOLD medals at the Tokyo Olympics!
Team GB only have 11 so far, but plenty of more medals to chase after in the coming days.
Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen won the gold medal in men’s badminton earlier today.
Here’s how he did it:
WOMEN’S POLE VAULT
Team USA’s Sandi Morris, who won silver in Rio 2016, will not be in the Tokyo 2020 final.
It looked like Morris pulled something in her left thigh on her second attempt at 4.55 during qualifying.
The American was left in tears, and although she attempted a third try, was not able to clear that height, leaving her on 4.40.
Therefore, Morris will be missing the final
Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn revealed that she trained on her own in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics before winning gold in the women’s 100m hurdles
Camacho-Quinn said: “It really means a lot.
“This year I trained really hard. I don’t have a training partner, I train by myself, so I gave it all I had and this is what I wanted for this year.
“I wanted to be a gold medallist and I got it. When I opened up [my season] and I saw where I was, I said to myself I might have a really fast year and I worked for it.
“I could not do it by myself – I needed the support from parents, family, coaches and my fans”
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