THE Olympics are underway – and it’s an enthralling Day 2 in Tokyo.
However, Andy Murray has dropped a bombshell by withdrawing from his tennis singles title defence just hours before he was set to face Felix Auger Aliassime.
Team GB women’s hockey took on Germany in a hard fought opening game of their gold medal defence but ultimately started off with a 2-1 defeat.
But Adam Peaty is safely through to the Men’s 100m Breaststroke final after another commanding victory in the pool.
And there could be medals in store today with Jade Jones set to defend her Taekwondo 57kg title.
Here’s what we have in store:
- 3:50am – Jade Jones in Taekwondo Women’s 57kg
- 5am – Women’s Road Race Cycling
- 6am TBC – Andy Murray vs Felix Auger Aliassime
- 8.30am – Egypt vs Argentina men’s football
- 9am – France vs South Africa men’s football
- 9.30am – Brazil vs Ivory Coast men’s football
- 11.30am – Australia vs Spain men’s football
- 12.30pm – Saudi Arabia vs Germany men’s football
- 1.30pm – Taekwondo Women’s 57kg final
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Adam Peaty is safely through to the Men’s 100m Breakstroke final in first place, as expected.
The Brit was dominant once again but slightly slower than his time in yesterday’s heat, coming in at 57.63 seconds.
Peaty, who has set all of the fastest 15 ever times in his event, will be overwhelming favourite for tomorrow’s final.
And it’ll be another early start if you want to catch it live, as it takes place at 3.12am.
WIL TO WIN
James Wilby has made it through to the final of the Men’s 100m breaststroke where he is set to face Adam Peaty.
And Peaty will be encouraged by an underwhelming win for his main rival, Dutchman Arno Kamminga.
He took first place with a time of 58.19 seconds.
HAF SOME OF THAT
Here’s the moment Ahmed Hafnaoui won only Tunisia’s fifth gold medal in Olympic Games history.
The 18-year-old was a rank outsider starting in Lane 8 but never let up as he pipped Australia’s Jack McLaughlin to first place.
And just look what it meant to his coach!
SEVENTH FOR WILMOTT
Team GB swimmer Aimee Wilmott might be a little disappointed with her seventh-placed finish in the 400m individual medley final.
Yui Ohashi secured Japan’s first gold in the pool with a scintillating performance.
Speaking after the final, Wilmott said: “It’s where I am at, I just wanted to have fun.
“Since I was 10 years old my parents have been at every meet, I’m gutted they’re not here.
“The time was off the boil, but I had to get in and give it my best.”
FULL TIME – TEAM GB 1 GERMANY 2
Team GB’s golden girls have started with their Olympic title defence with a defeat against Germany.
The Brits enjoyed near total domination as they took the lead the first quarter and should have gone into that break further ahead.
Germany then regrouped in the second quarter and equalised through a controversial penalty stroke.
And Charlotte Stapenhorst then went on to win the game on the counter-attack in the third quarter for a clinical German side.
All is far from lost however, with four teams from six set to go through to the quarter-final.
Germany will be a woman down for almost all of the remainder of the match.
Goalscorer Victoria Huse is handed a yellow card and a five-minute penalty.
Just under six minutes remain for Team GB to snatch a draw here as the Germans defend a 2-1 lead.
FOUR GOODNESS SAKE
It’s heartbreak for Max Litchfield after a second straight fourth placed finish in the Olympic Games.
The Brit started as an outsider in Lane 8 but looked like he might have done enough to pinch a bronze medal in the 400m Individual Medley.
However Brendan Smith of Australia managed to hold on for third place as Litchfield finished joint fourth with Hungary’s David Verraszte.
Chase Kalisz of the United States was the race winner.
INCREDIBLE SCENES IN THE POOL!
A HUGE shock in the men’s 400m freestyle as Tunisian Ahmed Hafnaoui surges home to take gold.
Many thought the 18-year-old making the final was the biggest achievement – but the top talent had other ideas.
The teenager could barely believe it, and neither could his coach, as both went crazy at the end.
TEAM GB 1 GERMANY 2
It’s the Germans who lead in an even match.
Team GB have put on the bulk of the pressure but failed to make numerous penalty corners pay off.
And that’s led to Germany taking the lead through a breakaway in the third quarter.
15 minutes for the Brits to salvage the game.
TEAM GB 1 GERMANY 2
A first penalty corner awarded to Germany.
Great Britain go upstairs and lose their referral as the decision stands.
Bad news for Team GB fans but for those who just want to get on with the game, probably for the greater good.
Good British pressure at the start of the third quarter but it’s the Germans who strike.
Another goalmouth scramble sees the Brits fail to force the ball home.
Germany then break and within seconds Stapenhorst converts from close range.
HALF TIME – TEAM GB 1 GERMANY 1
Some choice words on the German benches at the end of the first quarter have had the desired effect.
With most of the second quarter played in the British half, a controversial penalty stroke call led to an equaliser for the 2016 bronze medalists.
Victoria Huse then converted despite mishitting the ball.
Team GB came back into the game in the final minutes of the second quarter, creating a couple of chances which they were unable to convert.
It’s not been the best indictment of hockey’s video review system so far.
Another lengthy referral leads to another inconclusive verdict and the penalty stroke stands.
Victoria Huse fails to properly connect with the ball but sends Maddie Hinch the wrong way and does enough to draw Germany level.
TEAM GB 1 GERMANY 0
A much better second half from the Germans as they put the Brits under pressure and miss on the goal line, but the umpire calls for a penalty stroke.
Team GB call for a review and the decision looks like it will be overturned but the umpire says she made the call based on a different incident.
Another lengthy video referral in progress…
TEAM GB 1 GERMANY 0
The gold medalists lead the bronze medalists after a dominant first quarter in Tokyo.
Mark Hager will be delighted with his team’s performance so far as they forced four penalty corners and two German green cards, meaning a two-minute sin bin.
Some very strong words being had among a loud German side, who are lucky to only be one goal down.
Team GB take the lead just before the end of the first quarter.
Sarah Jones fires home from close range after a goalmouth scramble.
The pressure has finally paid off for Team GB.
DON’T MENTION THE VAR
We’ve got two minutes left of the first quarter and it’s an excruciatingly slow video review.
The Germans called for the review and after a very long wait, the decision is inconclusive.
That means the penalty corner decision stands and Germany keep their referral.
Each team receives one video referral per match.
AND WE’RE OFF!
Team GB are underway against Germany in women’s hockey and it’s been an encouraging start.
The Brits have forced three penalty corners in the early minutes but are yet to find the breakthrough.
After today’s game Great Britain will play South Africa, India, the Netherlands and Ireland.
HOLL IN ONE
We are just minutes away from Team GB’s first Women’s Hockey match as they look to retain their title.
Hollie Webb was part of the team that won the gold medal in Rio 2016 and today she will captain her country in Tokyo.
Germany are first up in a tough test for our golden girls.
GOING FOR GOLD
A reminder of all today’s events and the medals that will be on offer.
Jade Jones says anything less than a third Olympic gold medal would be a failure to her.
She commented: “When I was going to the London Olympics, it was just this 19-year-old kid going into her first Olympics and no one expected anything.
“So any kind of win then was a bonus, whereas now anything less than gold is a fail to me, and it is hard because everyone is kind of watching and everyone’s sights are on me thinking: ‘Can she do it? Can she get this third gold?’
“But all I can do is my best and I know for a fact when I’ll be standing on that mat, I’ll give everything I’ve got and I can walk away with my head held high.”
Andy Murray overcame the odds yesterday as he teamed up with Joe Salisbury to defeat second seeds Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the Men’s Doubles Tennis.
And he’s going to need to step it up even further today as he begins his title defence against Wimbledon quarter-finalist Felix Auger Aliassime.
The Canadian is seeded ninth and overwhelming favourite for this first round match in Tokyo.
Murray is already the first ever Men’s Singles double gold medalist in Olympic tennis and fans will be dreaming of an unprecedented triple in Tokyo.
PRIDE AND JOYCE
Joe Joyce has emerged victorious over Carlos Takam with a Round 6 stoppage in tonight’s heavyweight bout.
And later today some of Team GB’s Olympic boxers will hope to take their first steps on the road to stardom.
Here’s the schedule for the Brits:
- 8.27am: Benjamin Whittaker (GBR) vs Jorge Luis Vivas Palacios (COL) – Men’s Light Heavyweight
- 10.03am: Charley-Sian Davison (GBR) vs Rabab Cheddar (MAR) – Women’s Flyweight
- 10.36am: Luke McCormack (GBR) vs Manish Kaushik (IND) – Men’s Lightweight
MURR TO COME
Andy Murray starts his Olympic title defence against 9th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime on day two of Tokyo 2020.
The Canadian defeated Murray in straight sets when they last met, in the US Open in September 2020.
But Brit Murray has two Wimbledon wins under his belt since then.
He also has a winning mojo at The Games already after teaming up with Joe Salisbury in the Men’s Doubles to defeat France in the opening round.
And after claiming Gold in London and Rio, Murray will do everything he can to continue his winning streak.
WHAT’S IN STORE TOMORROW?
Lizzie Deignan will try to succeed where Geraint Thomas failed by winning the Women’s Road Race.
She has targeted the Olympics as a key goal along with the World Championships, but faces a tough challenge to win from the likes of Anna van der Breggen and Lisa Brennauer.
Elsewhere, Jade Jones will be looking to win a third taekwondo Gold medal. adding to the two she picked up in 2012 and 2016.
And her GB team-mate Bradly Sinden, will make his Olympic debut in taekwondo and the age of 22.
We will also get our first taste of surfing and skateboarding (weather permitting) while the archery and swimming continue, with Team GB aiming for a podium place in the Women’s 4×100 free relay.
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